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July 1, 2012 | By Epiphanny Prince and For RedEye
Before guard Epiphanny Prince broke her foot June 16, the Chicago Sky were rolling. They've struggled since, no doubt missing her 22.3 points per game. In the meantime, Prince gives RedEye an exclusive look behind the scenes her rehab. The past two weeks have been surreal. One moment I was in the game in Indianapolis trying to lead the Sky to our eighth win, and two days later I was coming out of a hospital with a screw in my foot to repair a Jones fracture.
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May 19, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
What do Chance the Rapper, Rockie Fresh and Vic Mensa have in common, other than being Chicago rappers garnering national attention? They've all worked with Closed Sessions, meaning that Michael Kolar and Alex Fruchter, the team behind the Humboldt Park-based record label, might be the most important names you've never heard in the Chicago rap scene. Before you get your "Fire Ernest Wilkins" campaign ready, recognize that almost every important non-"drill" rap release to come from this third wave of Chicago rap (1994-'96, 2006-'07 and 2012-present)
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April 9, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Now this in my kind of hippity-hop. On Tuesday's "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway performed Broadway versions of famous rap songs. They gave a show-tune makeover to Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice," 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe. " At the end of that last song, Hathaway offered a special message to all those "dirty, Hatha-hating, bitch-ass" folks. Want more? Discuss this article and others on Show Patrol's Facebook page . 
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May 7, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
Lately, Chicago's breakout musicians have been more rap than rock. It's only fitting that RedEye Rock 'n' Vote, our annual local band contest, would follow suit. After readers and music fans cast about 40,000 votes, all three competing rappers (Samy.Language, Martin $ky, SoloSam), as well as R&B singer Daryn Alexus, were chosen from our Rock 'n' Vote Top 10, selected from more than 200 submissions. Below read about and listen to the acts that will appear Thursday, May 22 at Lincoln Hall ($12, 18+; tickets on sale now )
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January 12, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I admit it; I'm not a huge fan of rap music. So I wasn't expecting to like the animated rap comedy "Chozen" ( 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13, FX; 1.5 stars out of 4 ) What's surprising is how much more I like the musical segments than the rest of it. When the gay white "rappist" of the title openly boasts about his sexuality with the same bravado as any straight rapper would about his, the only slightly amusing "Chozen" finally gets real, yo. The show, from former "Eastbound & Down" writer's assistant Grant Dekernion and produced by the "Eastbound" (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride)
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January 28, 2013 | Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins | RedEye Sound Board and RedEye
Rap videos can be tricky to understand as an art form. If you aren't in tune with the culture, you might just dismiss them all as a cavalcade of ginormous butts, bottles, cars and one tough guy in the back row counting a large wad of money. (People in tune know that that's only true 89% of the time.) Chicago has a very storied history of quality rap videos from homegrown stars and it's high time we gave them some cultural appreciation. Here's my list for the 25 best Chicago rap videos of all time.
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March 5, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
When St. Paddy's Day didn't sound quite right, Kip "Kidd" Russell swapped the lyrics with a more obscure holiday--one that would ring true in Chicago. That's how "Pulaski Day," a song making the rounds on the day honoring the Revolutionary War officer Casimir Pulaski, was born. Originally an ode to St. Patrick's Day a little later in March, Russell said his producer Cisco Adler loved the idea of instead writing a rap that honored something uniquely Chicago. "It symbolizes that spring and summer are on the way, the best time of year...
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April 24, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins
What is it about fried chicken sandwich shops that makes them a lightning rod for controversy? A little under two months ago, Leghorn Chicken opened in Ukrainian Village. Though the owners have never said it overtly, several things about it - the Sunday hours, the free condoms at the counter and donations made to gay rights organizations, to name a few - are an obvious middle finger to a certain chicken-centric chain restaurant that shall remain unnamed. Lines were out the door the opening weekend, but not everyone's reaction has been crispy and golden brown.
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January 9, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Can good things come from terrible situations? Chicago achieved national attention in 2012 due to both murder and a flourishing rap scene. The first full-length production from World Star Hip Hop takes a look at the symbiotic relationship between the two and features everyone from  Lil' Durk to Tink to Lil' Mouse to Rhymefest talking about the songs and the streets. Watch below. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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November 12, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Someone under the name "ScratchetOA" posted a comedic rap song about everyone's favorite transit card nightmare to Soundcloud. Listen below to "V.E.N.T.R.A. " Personally, I'm hoping they can get that guy who raps at the Jackson stop on the remix. (NOTE: Song is SFW unless you're like Ned Flanders or something.)   Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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April 24, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins
What is it about fried chicken sandwich shops that makes them a lightning rod for controversy? A little under two months ago, Leghorn Chicken opened in Ukrainian Village. Though the owners have never said it overtly, several things about it - the Sunday hours, the free condoms at the counter and donations made to gay rights organizations, to name a few - are an obvious middle finger to a certain chicken-centric chain restaurant that shall remain unnamed. Lines were out the door the opening weekend, but not everyone's reaction has been crispy and golden brown.
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April 22, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
We're still holding our breath for "Gangster's Paradise. "  On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Monday, the late night host debuted another single from an unlikely rapper - NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams. After garnering more than 8 million views of his rendition of "Rappers Delight," Fallon's team spliced together footage of Williams to create a spot-on cover of Snoop Dog's "Gin and Juice. "  Props to the video editor on this one. It's got to take a sharp ear to pick out audio that makes Williams sound like he's belting...
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April 22, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye
Saint Millie is screwed. OK, maybe that's pushing it. But it only sort of matters that the 22-year-old Oak Park native (born Milton McKinney) is talented and professional and honest in interviews; that he's personable in ways that rappers often aren't. It's more significant that in the years since rap has moved from party jams over looped disco hits to gritty street narratives to material opulence, the pool of rappers has grown into an ocean. Literally thousands of acts are clamoring for the worldwide superstardom awarded to a select few (like recent...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Now this in my kind of hippity-hop. On Tuesday's "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway performed Broadway versions of famous rap songs. They gave a show-tune makeover to Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice," 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe. " At the end of that last song, Hathaway offered a special message to all those "dirty, Hatha-hating, bitch-ass" folks. Want more? Discuss this article and others on Show Patrol's Facebook page . 
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March 5, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Common, Big Boi and eight other hip-hop artists have teamed with HBO to create "Catch the Throne: The Mixtape," a compilation of songs inspired by the hit show "Game of Thrones. " "'Game of Thrones' centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power," Common, the Chicago hip-hop artist and actor, says in this video from Vibe Magazine. The video shows a sampling of his rap, which seems to echo the sentiment: "I sit and think when I'm in my zone / This life is like a Game of Thrones.
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February 26, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye SoundBoard
In the past year and a half or so, independent rapper Macklemore undeniably has become one of the biggest faces in hip-hop. New York rapper Le1f took some issue with that. Le1f, who is gay (and has produced for artists like Spank Rock and Das Racist and released his own acclaimed mixtapes), made waves in August when he went on a lengthy Twitter tirade slamming Macklemore, accusing the rising star of exploiting the gay community for his own gain. Before Le1f's show Friday at Empty Bottle, he connected by phone to elaborate.
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January 15, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Youtube rapper Zach Sherwin (that is a thing in the world that exists, by the way) celebrates the fifth anniversary of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landing a plane on the Hudson river after the engine got clogged with geese the only way he knows how. With a rap/ballet hybrid commemorating the events. Downright inspirational, honestly. God Bless America. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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January 7, 2014 | RedEye staff
As if Jay Z could get any cooler in the eyes of his fans. During his Greensboro, N.C. concert on Sunday, the rapper invited 12-year-old Justin onto the stage to rap one his songs. (Read more of the behind-the-scenes story on TMZ.com ) But Jay Z is no fool. He knows some of his lyrics can be controversial. So he stopped Justin from rapping the part of the song that references "drug dealing," and instead had him jump to the next part of the song. Watch for yourself to see how Justin performed under...
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February 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
'Oxymoron' Schoolboy Q 3.5 out of 4 stars  From “Gangsta,” his album-opening declaration of self, to razor-sharp barbs like, “[Bleep] rap, my [bleep] real,” Schoolboy Q wants it known that he's not here for any of the foolishness that's become common in modern rap. On “Oxymoron,” the L.A. rapper's major label debut, there are no fantasy-level stories of wealth and no boasts of living on a boat, where he wears tank tops from designers you've never heard of and a butler serves him croissants.
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February 20, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jimmy Fallon scored another hit from "The Tonight Show" with a music video showing NBC News' Brian Williams and Lester Holt rapping the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight. " Holt, a former Chicago news anchor, and Williams didn't perform the rap live, but Fallon's team did an amazing job taking snippets from news reports to make the video. It follows Fallon's dance tribute with Will Smith, "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing," and his Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet performing R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)
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