Monte Booker | Two Beats Ahead of the Game

A truly fresh sound, despite the thousands of new producers who emerge on Soundcloud every week, doesn’t come around too often. When you do find one, marked by a consistent and emotional flair on bedroom uploads or an unfamiliar and exceptional charm to big name releases, cherish that sound. It’s jarring and packed with beats, pauses, and ribbons … Continue reading

PHOTOS: The Palmer Squares, Shlick Smit, Benny Els, Rabbi Darkside @ Abbey Pub 7/17/14

LA-based hip hop builder Shlick Smit put a show together at Chicago’s Abbey Pub last Thursday. Benny Els and Rabbi Darkside came from Brooklyn and The Palmer Squares are Chicago born and raised. Beyond the unique styles of each bill player, they all brought a common rhythmic energy to the intimate crowd of bouncing hands … Continue reading