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profiles + features

Chicago rap star Queen Key succeeding on her terms, with a feminist mindset

Phoelix, the man helping shape the sound of rap talents like Saba, Smino and Noname, steps out on his own

Footwork pioneer DJ Spinn makes his first mark of the year with a pop culture blast, and a Red Bull showcase set

Jorja Smith, an Emerging Revelation in R&B, Brings a Unique Gift: Honesty

Kill the Noise(y) (print)

Jamila Woods: Ego Tripping (print)

DJ Taye is Spreading the Gospel of Footwork

Ravyn Lenae Makes Vital Songs to Fall In and Out of Love to

Ty Dolla $ign: Unapologetic (print)

Secret Weapon: L10MixedIt is the Common Denominator Behind Chicago's Rising Rappers

Mulatto Beats' '.22SUMMERS' Has All the Hot Weather Rap Bangers You Need

Vintage Lee's 'PiMP' Signals the Next Wave of Boston Rap

Secret Weapon: Papi Beatz is Bringing the Spirit of Rock to Chicago's Hip-Hop Scene

Meet Kaiydo, A Graphic Designer Turned Rapper Who Sees Color in Sounds

Anik Khan On Kites And The Trip To Bangladesh That Changed His Rap Career

Meet WebsterX, a Milwaukee Rapper Having ‘Daymares’ About His Growing Pains

Meet Mic Kellogg, a Breakfast-Loving Wisconsin Rapper Finding His Musical Footing

Xavier Omär Is Putting His Faith in Love

Matt Martians is the Funk Whisperer of Right Now

How Joe Freshgoods And His Friends Claimed Chicago’s DIY Fashion Crown

The Future Is Female :: 10 Interviews with Incredible Women

Chicago Rapper Noname Is Bringing Her A-Game

Meet Matt Martians of The Internet, Anonymous No More

Catching Bodies: Clash Meets Dreezy

SaveMoney’s Dally Auston is Back, Listen to His New ‘99¢’ EP

How Producer oddCouple Found Himself and Tapped into a New Chicago Sound in the Process

How Alexander Spit’s New Album ‘Alive at Virgil Normal’ Healed His Artistry

Saba's 'Bucket List Project' Shows Another Side of Chicago

How Closed Sessions is Rewriting the Rules of a Record Label

Meet Jay Prince & “Smile Good” While Listening to the UK Rapper’s New Project

Meet Anik Khan, the Bengali-American Rapper Fighting for the Immigrant's Perspective

5 Chicago Artists Who Could Blow Up in 2017

Your Favorite Chicago Musicians All Started Here

FSD Feature: Getting to Know UG Vavy

How Jahlil Beats and Bok Nero Became (and Created) an Unlikely Hybrid

East London Duo Stööki Sound Want to Bridge US Rap & UK Grime

Rapper Larry June's New EP Reflects His San Francisco Origins

Heavn Help Us: The Joyful Music of Jamila Woods

Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era Turn Tragedy Into Celebration With Their Annual Steez Day Festival

New Label EFFESS Is Something Special — Just Ask Gallant, SZA and Kylie Jenner

On His Grind :: Philly Rapper/Producer Tunji Ige Breaks Through with ‘Missed Calls’

You Can't Buy These Amazing Hip-Hop Cross Stitchings, But Maybe You Can Trade

Not a Soft G: Murkage Dave

Humeysha Explore Migration and Longing in 'For Love, From the Law'

The Duality of Chicago's safeNsound

Becoming Joey Purp

Respect The Neighbors • SPZRKT

Anik Khan Fights for the Multicultural Rap People 'Want and Crave'

Boston's Black EL Is Taking It Slow

Our Take • Smino: Blkjuptr

An Homage to the City :: Chicago’s Streetwear & Footwear Mainstay, Saint Alfred

MeLo-X'S Musical and Artistic Talents Have More Sides Than an Octahedron

Kirk Knight: 'I Wanted to Live Life' Before Breakout Project 'Late Knight Special'

Choreographer Tanisha Scott Explains How She Helped Drake Find His Groove

Sony Gets Ahead of Music Technology

Chicago's Zero Fatigue Collective Comes to St. Louis for the Biggest Vibes Showcase Yet

Going Against Inertia :: Melody Ehsani & Fairfax’s Only Women’s Boutique

Masego's Cooking in the Jazz Bando: Get Familiar with Trap House Jazz

Made In A Chicago Hood :: Streetwear Boutique & Brand Fat Tiger

Ratatat Breaks Its Five-Year Silence With Magnifique

Mick Jenkins Changes Tides with 'Wave[s]': 'You Can't Get a Person's Sound in One Project'

Venice Beach’s Newest Menswear Boutique Bridges The City’s Cultural History

For Rapper London O'Connor, 'Pop is the Most Honest Genre'

Cousin Stizz is the Hypnotic Rapper Giving Boston a Shout Out

Long Way From Home :: Chicago Rapper Saba’s Road Trip To Debut In NYC

Sir The Baptist Challenges Society's Status Quo with His "Urban Hymns"

Rapper Saba is Ready to Represent the 'Face of New Chicago'

Martin $ky On Finding His Voice as a Chicago Outlier

Rapper Freddie Gibbs Isn't Interested In "Fake Shit"

Smino is Making a Midwest Musical Moment

From YouTube to High School Graduation, This is How Alessia Cara Left the Party and Got Here

FSD Feature: Frank Leone – Into the Wild

“The Hobby Grew Wings” :: Oakland Cloud Rap Duo Main Attrakionz Makes A Comeback

Meet Queens Rapper Anik Khan: "I Want to be the Kid Who Represents the Immigrant Story"

Vicktor Taiwò Takes a Self-Portrait

Junglepussy on 'You Don't Know': 'My Flame is Just Getting Hotter'

Rome Fortune's Journey Through Homelessness, Redemption & Hip Hop

Bodega Bamz Finds Strength in Ties to Tanboys and A$AP Yams on Sidewalk Exec

GoldLink, Unmasked, Comes Down to Earth Before He Takes It Over

Lucid-Dreaming Rapper Pell Interprets Your Dreams

I Ain't No Joke (An Interview with Michael Christmas)

Busking Bandits on the Run

Interview: Chicago MC Saba Talks Battling Nerves, Starting Pivot Gang, and Finding Inspiration in a 'Friends' Episode

Jamaican Reggae Star Protoje: 'I Just Felt Like a Bird Out of a Cage'

Karen Civil: Digital Pop Culture Curator

Christen Rochon: Queen of Divas and Dorks

Cannibal Ox Return with the Sharp Blade of the Ronin

Potholes Interview: Sitting Down with Homeboy Sandman

G. Love & Special Sauce's Garrett Dutton Is Living his Dream

Aesop Rock Finds Strength in 'OCD' Writing Tendencies and Collaboration

For Us: Pennsylvania Rapper Tunji Ige is Building His Own World of Music

Cold War Kids Aim to Release As Much Music As Humanly Possible

A New Hope: Black EL Embraces Change with His Space Wave Hip-Hop

Interview with Artist Jamilla Okubo

We Skyped with Ibeyi, the French-Cuban Twin Sisters Turning their Heritage into the Sound of the Future

Cozz: 'I've Been Given a Platform for a Reason'

'Pray Daily. Love Openly. Live Simply': The Sound of Crown Heights Rapper ScienZe

From Viola Trills to Chicago Drill, Meet D. Brooks Exclusive, the Hip-Hop Producer with a Classical Ear

Chance the Rapper Conducts Social Experiments After Dropping Acid Rap

Meet Daye Jack, the NYU Student Whose Experimental Hip-Hop Will Make You Swoon

Dreezy Is the Crown Princess of Chicago Rap

Inside Def Jam Recordings and a Catch Up with Fadia Kader

Nisha Sembi Interview: Word to Your Motherland Exhibition

Interview: Homeboy Sandman Talks Kool Herc, Huffington Post and Gawker, and Creating a Homeboy Sandman Album