Vic Mensa responds to Chicago "bait trucks" by giving away thousands of shoes 

Earlier this month, the Chicago Police Department and the Norfolk Southern Railroad Police teamed up for a cruel experiment: They parked a truck full of Nike sneakers and Louboutin shoes—expensive, coveted items usually far out of the reach of residents—in an impoverished, majority black area of Chicago, and then…

What are you listening to this week?

Iggy Pop has seen a lot of death in his time—the recent deaths of friends, collaborators, and contemporaries like David Bowie, Ron Asheton, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, and on and on, leaving the guy who was once synonymous with drug-ravaged excess an unlikely last wild man standing. Still, while Pop has long since…

Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, more raise over $100,000 at #JusticeForFlint event

As state and federal officials focus on apportioning blame for the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan that’s left residents bereft of potable water, black luminaries gathered in the stricken city to raise funds and awareness on the penultimate day of Black History Month. On Sunday, Selma director Ava DuVernay, …

Joey Purp gets arty with “Performance Art Freestyle”

As a member of Chicago’s Save Money crew—which counts Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa among its ranks—Joey Purp is establishing himself as one of many artists in the crew poised for a breakout (though he still remains the only one to claim The Velvet Underground as his favorite band). While it’s been years since the…

Lollapalooza 2015: Scantily clad teens, evacuations, and Paul McCartney

It never rained on Lollapalooza, but that didn’t stop the fest’s organizers, C3, from both evacuating the whole fest Sunday afternoon under threat of thunderstorms and then, later that night, shutting down the festival’s closers 30 minutes early. That kind of rainy speculation put a damper on the annual event, which…