THERE’S ROOM FORUPFRONT RAP, TOO
With all the unmitigated fun going on in Chicago, it might be tempting to assume the swagger of traditional hip-hop has lost its place in this young and colorful scene. But along with pop remixes and nu-rave bangers, real hip-hop has an equal place at this inclusive table.
â€œIt’s lightening up a bit now, and that’s what you’re seeing,â€ says Shala Esquire, frontman of Universal Recording foursome Qualo, which hit big this year with sexified stripper spoof â€œPockets.â€ â€œWe still have that aggression, but we’re using it in a different way. That attitude isn’t gone; it’s just redirected more positively. And that attitude wants to make sure it opens for the VMAs next year.â€
A child of Nigerian immigrants living in Chicago, the CNN appointed spokesperson for Chicago hip-hop is often perceived as one of the scene’s leaders and is one of few in the new Chicago scene that brings a tougher edge.
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