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Selected Work

Red Bull Music Festival Chicago Quiz (2019)

Slowthai isn’t anything like his name, coming at the rap game like a half-clothed, accusatory sonic boom (Chicago Tribune, 2019)

On “Next to the Sun,” Kaina Breaks Down Walls (Bandcamp Daily, 2019)

Kari Faux has found freedom at the end of a long road back from a very dark place (Chicago Tribune, 2019)

The Biggest Phenomenon: Little Simz (Clash Magazine, 2019; print)

Nico Segal, Nate Fox getting 'Intellexual' done with, as usual, a little help from their friends (Chicago Tribune, 2019)

Tiffany Calver (Push Magazine, 2019; print)

How Qari & Green Sllime’s 'Operation Hennessy' Became a Testament to Friendship (DJ Booth, 2019)

4 Must-Hear Artists Under 1,000 Followers (DJ Booth column)

Saba: Triumph Through Tragedy (Clash Music, 2018; print)

Omar Apollo is easy to spot, but the Hobart, Ind. native's music is hard to pin down (Chicago Tribune, 2018)

Noname: A Balancing Act (Clash Music, 2018; print)

Chicago rap star Queen Key succeeding on her terms, with a feminist mindset (Chicago Tribune, 2018)

Phoelix, the man helping shape the sound of rap talents like Saba, Smino and Noname, steps out on his own (Chicago Tribune, 2018)

Footwork pioneer DJ Spinn makes his first mark of the year with a pop culture blast, and a Red Bull showcase set (Chicago Tribune, 2018)

Jorja Smith, an Emerging Revelation in R&B, Brings a Unique Gift: Honesty (Red Bull, 2018)

Jamila Woods: Ego Tripping (Clash Music, 2018; print)

7 Things You Need to Know About Valee, G.O.O.D. Music's Newest Signee (Complex, 2018)

DJ Taye is Spreading the Gospel of Footwork (The Fader, 2018)

Ravyn Lenae Makes Vital Songs to Fall In and Out of Love to (The Fader, 2018)

Ty Dolla $ign: Unapologetic (Push Magazine, 2018; print)

Secret Weapon: L10MixedIt is the Common Denominator Behind Chicago's Rising Rappers (Genius, 2017)

Vintage Lee's 'PiMP' Signals the Next Wave of Boston Rap (Noisey, 2017)

Secret Weapon: Papi Beatz is Bringing the Spirit of Rock to Chicago's Hip-Hop Scene (Genius, 2017)

Anik Khan On Kites And The Trip To Bangladesh That Changed His Rap Career (The Fader, 2017)

Xavier Omär Is Putting His Faith in Love (Noisey, 2017)

Matt Martians is the Funk Whisperer of Right Now (Noisey, 2017)

How Joe Freshgoods And His Friends Claimed Chicago’s DIY Fashion Crown (The Fader, 2017)

Chicago Rapper Noname Is Bringing Her A-Game (Riverfront Times, 2017)

Saba's 'Bucket List Project' Shows Another Side of Chicago (Pigeons & Planes, 2016)

Meet Jay Prince & “Smile Good” While Listening to the UK Rapper’s New Project (DJ Booth, 2016)

Rapper Larry June's New EP Reflects His San Francisco Origins (SF Weekly, 2016)

Heavn Help Us: The Joyful Music of Jamila Woods (Noisey, 2016)

Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era Turn Tragedy Into Celebration With Their Annual Steez Day Festival (LA Weekly, 2016)

You Can't Buy These Amazing Hip-Hop Cross Stitchings, But Maybe You Can Trade (The Fader, 2016)

Becoming Joey Purp (The Hundreds, 2016)

Anik Khan Fights for the Multicultural Rap People 'Want and Crave' (Village Voice, 2016)

An Homage to the City :: Chicago’s Streetwear & Footwear Mainstay, Saint Alfred (The Hundreds, 2015)

MeLo-X'S Musical and Artistic Talents Have More Sides Than an Octahedron (Village Voice, 2015)

Kirk Knight: 'I Wanted to Live Life' Before Breakout Project 'Late Knight Special' (Village Voice, 2015)

Choreographer Tanisha Scott Explains How She Helped Drake Find His Groove (The Fader, 2015)

Chicago's Zero Fatigue Collective Comes to St. Louis for the Biggest Vibes Showcase Yet (Riverfront Times, 2015)

Masego's Cooking in the Jazz Bando: Get Familiar with Trap House Jazz (Noisey, 2015)

Mick Jenkins Changes Tides with 'Wave[s]': 'You Can't Get a Person's Sound in One Project' (Village Voice, 2015)

Cousin Stizz is the Hypnotic Rapper Giving Boston a Shout Out (Noisey, 2015)

Long Way From Home :: Chicago Rapper Saba’s Road Trip To Debut In NYC (The Hundreds, 2015)

Rapper Freddie Gibbs Isn't Interested In "Fake Shit" (Riverfront Times, 2015)

Smino is Making a Midwest Musical Moment (Noisey, 2015)

From YouTube to High School Graduation, This is How Alessia Cara Left the Party and Got Here (Noisey, 2015)

“The Hobby Grew Wings” :: Oakland Cloud Rap Duo Main Attrakionz Makes A Comeback (The Hundreds, 2015)

Meet Queens Rapper Anik Khan: "I Want to be the Kid Who Represents the Immigrant Story" (Noisey, 2015)

Junglepussy on 'You Don't Know': 'My Flame is Just Getting Hotter' (Village Voice, 2015)

GoldLink, Unmasked, Comes Down to Earth Before He Takes It Over (Noisey, 2015)

Interview: Chicago MC Saba Talks Battling Nerves, Starting Pivot Gang, and Finding Inspiration in a 'Friends' Episode (Complex, 2015)

For Us: Pennsylvania Rapper Tunji Ige is Building His Own World of Music (Noisey, 2015)

A New Hope: Black EL Embraces Change with His Space Wave Hip-Hop (Noisey, 2015)

We Skyped with Ibeyi, the French-Cuban Twin Sisters Turning their Heritage into the Sound of the Future (Noisey, 2014)

Chance the Rapper Conducts Social Experiments After Dropping Acid Rap (Riverfront Times, 2014)

Dreezy Is the Crown Princess of Chicago Rap (Noisey, 2014)