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Chicago Hip-Hop/Rap Concerts

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Beyond the mega-stardom of Chicago’s most famous son, Kanye West, it’s easy to forget that its hip-hop scene has repeatedly given the world phenomenal artists. From legendary rappers like Twista and Common; influential wordsmiths like Lupe Fiasco and Rhymefest; multiple Grammy winner, Chance the Rapper; as well as modern torchbearers like Vic Mensa, G Herbo, Mick Jenkins and more.

So, it should hardly come as a surprise that Chicago rap concerts are able to attract some of the biggest names in hip-hop to grace stages throughout the city in the upcoming months.

Born in the Trap

The Huntington Bank Pavillion will play host to some of the hottest artists in the industry in 2018. Trap is well represented throughout the summer. The red-hot Post Malone, fresh off the release of his chart-topping album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” will be at the Pavillion on 5 June. On 14 August, Oakland superstar G-Eazy makes the Pavillion the next stop on his Endless Summer Tour.

Toronto’s KILLY takes the stage at Subterranean on 20 May. The veteran Plies comes to Joe’s on Weed Street on 25th May. The House of Blues plays host to Ugly God and a special guest on 30 May, while you can see Famous Dex do his thing at the Beat Kitchen on 14 June.

If YouTube and Soundcloud superstars are more your speed, Chicago has plenty of rap concerts in store for you. Atlantic Records’ viral sensation Bhad Bhabie comes to the Bottom Lounge on 15 May, with support from Asian Doll. The Beat Kitchen sees the line-up of Jake Hill, Jordan Bell and Atlas Greene on 30 May.

Beats, Rhymes & Life

For lovers of lyricism, Chicago’s concert scene has attracted some of the finest wordsmiths in hip-hop to perform in 2018. Joyner Lucas, who broke the internet on 2017 with his controversial “I’m not racist” music video, comes to the Bottom Lounge on 13 May. Evidence, the veteran Cali MC/Producer, hits Subterranean on 25 May in support of his critically-acclaimed album, “Weather or Not”. Subterranean will be jumping off this weekend, as the very next day, Dreamville Records’ rising star, Cozz, will be showcasing his February 2018 album “Effected”. Hip-hop legends Black Star (Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def), rumored to be releasing a new album in 2018 with super-producer Madlib, will be hitting the stage at Taste of Chicago on 13 July, supported by Madame Gandhi.

The Finest Homegrown

Of course, what would the Chicago scene be without the wealth of homegrown talent and hip-hop nights? Subterranean hosts a regular Hip-Hop Open Mic Night on Tuesdays throughout the month of May as well as several nights featuring exclusively local talents like Heffyraps, Kay Karma, $ike the Drug and more.

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