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» Auburn
Newcomers with ambitions
» Void Pedal
A new voice in instrumental hip-hop
» Elliot Bergman
NOMO Front Man Marches Forward
» Loyal Divide
Ohio rockers have transformed their haunting sound into the Chicago scene.
» DJ Rude 1
Old-school DJ has been on the scene for more than two decades.
» Jesse De La Pena
Local DJ has seen it all in the Chicago music scene.
» K-Kruz
The esteemed producer tells us why he had to forget most his musical training to make beats.
» Que Billah
West Side emcee has performed with the best of them and is ready to take it to the next level.
» Qwel
The always-evolving rapper reflects on his past and hints at a Typical Cats return.
» Mr. Peabody Records
Two local guys have made a small record shop into an international destination.
» Idris Goodwin
What's the difference between spoken word and hip-hop? Not as much as you think.
The RubyHornet editor tells us how much second graders care about the Beastie Boys.
» Decay
Living in almost every area of Chicago has given this rapper a lot of inspiration.
» Psalm One
Creative raps made this South Side native popular in high school; her long-awaited new project should provide a similar boost.
» The Jordan Years
The funky five-piece discusses hotties, fat analog sounds and spending time in the 'spliff-bunker.'
» Universal Ninjas
The duo's mix of humor and soul has Lollapalooza bookers interested - even if they don't realize it yet.
» Bailiff
Talking deep-dish and instant gratification with the progressive blues band.
» Black Bear Combo
The Gypsy-brass group has been to the White House and back.
» Violetness
The songstress gives credit to Marky Mark, her church and Chicago gold-diggers.
» H20 Soul
Class is in session for this Pharcyde-approved hip-hop band.
» Diverse
The enigmatic rapper tells us where he's been and why his new album will be worth the long wait.
» Vertual Vertigo
This local hip-hop group remembers when Bucktown was still buck.
» J-Rell
Winning the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle has given this producer wings.
» Terrible Spaceship
This sci-fi funk collective owes everything to Orson Welles.
» Adad
A career that started at a high-school strip show now includes projects with some of the West Coast's top producers.
» Caural
The well-educated musician tells us why beat-making is pointless -- and why Kenny G ain't jazz.
» Isis Rose
Haters are just fans in disguise, says this versatile singer.
» 1773
The golden-era hip-hoppers are big in Japan, but they'll always call Chicago home.
» Hi-Fidel
No matter what name he goes by, this Chicago native lives to express.
» Tone B. Nimble
All Natural's past, present and future belong to this versatile DJ and producer.
» The Gent$
There's nothing classier than shooting a video at the Sybaris.
» Innosphere
What's in a name? Defiance of categorization, that's what.
» Spq-Her
Don't mess with these divas unless you're prepared for a big hit of hip-hop and soul.
» DJ Pickel
The veteran DJ won't take requests...but he will answer our questions.
» Tall Black Guy
The '80s baby talks about what's coming up in '09.
» Maker
The in-demand hip-hop producer will never forget his first love: Kiss.
» DJ Intel
The man of eight residencies gives us his list of prized records.
» Black Stone Theatre Collective
All Natural's disco denizens draw inspiration from '50s jazz and house chores.
» JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
Chicago's newest soul revivalists talk sailor suits, jet packs and Wu-Tang lovin' sexagenarians.
» Meat Number 5
The duo's protein-filled beats will do a body good...if they don't disgust you first.
» Radius
One of 2008's most exciting producers talks about winter, women and why life was tougher 10 years ago.
» Super Heroes of Sound
A loose collective of local musicians is out to save hip-hop from the forces of evil.
» Vertikal
This eight-piece band takes neo-soul to new heights.
» The Hood Internet
This Chicago duo is re-animating pop songs and the mash-up scene itself.
» Flosstradamus
This DJ duo has been inciting dance-floor riots since back when Chicago was known as Haterville.
» Polyphonic the Verbose
Catch this well-trained musician before he absconds to Alaska.
» Awdazcate
Here's one rapper who wouldn't mind getting laughed off the stage.
» Phillip Morris
The West Side MC isn't afraid of a little controversy in his music.
» Chantalism
The Laotian rapper behind Maintenance Crew talks about Chicago artists, both the good and the wack.
» Royce
The seven guys in this hip-hop band have a lot of opinions, and a lot of love for Chicago.
» Lowdown Brass Band
Get down and funky with these self-proclaimed horn nerds.
» Serengeti
The prolific MC has three new albums on the way, and, appropriately, a lot to say.
» Hey Champ
Are they DJs? Are they a band? As long as they keep making good music, no one cares.
» Kenny Keys
The producer finds a happy medium between the keyboard and the MPC.
» Tony Trimm
The rapper/producer is a busy man...but not too busy to invent new ways of killing rats.
» The BeesKnees
This creative quartet pays homage to the mighty avocado with its dance grooves.
» DJ Trew
This party-starter beat bone cancer; surely he can help Chicago ditch its 'Haterville' tag.
» Treologic
The MC and the DJ are just two small parts of this ever-evolving hip-hop band.
» Joe Bryl
We talk to the man behind one of Chicago's most musically adventurous clubs.
» DJ White Shadow
The celebrity DJ hasn't lost sight of what got him to where he is.
» Matthew Santos
Thanks to some high-profile collaborations, this talented singer is on his way to becoming a superstar in his own right.
» Alex Inglizian
One man's toy is another man's instrument (as long as he knows how to hack it).

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