Chicago Hip Hop Blog

New Featured Chicago Artist: Phor

One of the most diversely talented artists in Chicago, Phor has made a name for himself through his music and his tattoo work on the TV show Black Ink Crew Chicago. Equipped with excellent flows and a creative spirit that is made clear through his Inspector Gadget-esque array of artistic tools, this Chicago MC has shown it’s impossible to pigeonhole him and his art. With a growing fanbase and plenty of industry connections, things are looking bright for this burgeoning creator and his future is as exciting as any Chicagoan’s.

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New Chicago Music Playlist: 7/8/18-7/17/18 Featuring Valee, Juice WRLD, Young Chop & More

It might be a few days late but we’re back with another weekly Chicago playlist. New artists this week include some very dope MCs including Austen Nobles, Snowy Joey, Kaliyah X, Dfree Da Vinci, Matt Muse, and Lord Haiti. Everyone on the playlist this week dropped some very solid music and with new projects from Taylor Bennett and Smino, it was bound to be a good week. Other artists featured on the playlist include Ro, who has remained incredibly consistent the past few weeks, Kahrion, Juice WRLD, Valee, NickG, Young Chop and more. Listen to all 30 tracks below and tune in again next week for more Chicago music.

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[Interview] Fred “Toxic” Taylor and Cayex Illah Bring Mentorship and Accomplishment to Chicago

Many artists in Chicago think leaving for places like Los Angeles, New York or Atlanta is a necessary step in building their careers, and it’s an understandable notion. While the Windy City may not be known for its music industry infrastructure, Fred “Toxic” Taylor and Cayex Illah are changing the idea that the city needs to be left in order to find big time success.

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