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Hip Hop

Saba Performs His First Chicago Show of 2018 at Pitchfork

Since the release of his latest EP, “Care For Me”, back in April Saba has been touring the country making yesterday’s performance at Pitchfork his first Chicago show of 2018. He started it off by vowing to make it a special show and he certainly did. The first half of the set featured songs from “Care For Me” which are emotional for Saba to perform and helped him to connect with the massive crowd.

As the set built to his older material the energy level of crowd built and clearly feed Saba's energy level. By the time he got to “Church/Liquor Store”, from his 2017 "Bucket List EP", the crowd was bouncing and Saba was going wild on stage. Chicago hip hop was done proud today, and folks all around the fest were left buzzing about Saba.


New Vindetta EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

With a controlled aggression, Vindetta, a.k.a. Vinny Wit Da Swag/Vincent Brown, recently dropped his new album, Rachmaninoffs' RATHE! Propped up by boom-bap beats, Vinny delivers cold-blooded lines, aimed at his competitors. Setting an ominous/dramatic stage, the emcee moves stealthily through the streets, showcasing a calm under pressure and an undeniable presence. Thematically united, the EP announces its intentions, arrives, delivers, and swiftly exits.

Pitchfork Music Fest: A Chicago Showcase

There are always a few slots on any music festival for local acts, but this year Pitchfork has really gone above and beyond. Not only have they put together diverse line-up, they have crafted a line-up that will truly showcase the diversity of Chicago music today.

You have an array of Hip Hop and R&B, with SABA, Rayvn Lenae, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Kweku Collins, Noname, and Open Mike Eagle, that the city on a larger scale has become known for. However, you have a strong presence of the DIY scene represented by Melkbelly, The Curls, Circuit Des Yeux and Paul Cherry.

While there are so many more acts from the city that could fit perfectly with the sound and feel of this Fest, they have done a remarkable job pulling National touring acts, obscure Avant-Jazz group, and talented Chicago musicians to create what should be the best festival this Summer.

Pitchfork Music Fest is this weekend, July 20th to the 22nd, at Union Park in Chicago. 


Mike crafts rousing and raw hip hop

I wasn’t feeling NYC rapper Mike at first. He sounded like just another rapper busting lazy rhymes over poorly mixed beats. However, I also know that I can be somewhat jaded and judgmental from so many years in the game. Mike’s got HUGE numbers on his Soundcloud so I decided to let one of his 50-minute track mixes ride. The dude put me in my place. He could use a little polish, but his hustle is real. He’s more concerned with being prolific than polite and his catalog is as diverse as it is dense. Let the mix ride. Not only does Mike conjure lush heady vibes, but the dusty drums carry some serious lyricism on their shuffling shoulders. -brokeMC



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