Watch Jel Crush the MPC in His ‘Steady’ Video

Chicago-bred beatsmith Jel not only co-founded the influential Anticon collective and helped define their sound in the late '90s, he pushed the art of live…
Chris Martins / April 21, 2014

Jel DJs With Fire (Literally) in ‘Breathe’ Video

Anticon beatsmith and MPC king Jel dropped Late Pass last year — a mostly instrumental opus that highlighted the Chicago-bred, Bay Area-based producer's remarkable knack…
Chris Martins / February 19, 2014

Hear Serengeti and Doseone’s Bluesy Rap Bruiser ‘Sprung’

Serengeti has always been prolific, but the Chicago MC is mid-stride right now, churning out one vein-baring, yarn-spinning, must-own character study after the next. This…
Chris Martins / December 11, 2013

Jel’s ‘Late Pass’ Is a Dubwise Boom-Bap Dream

As a co-founder of Anticon Records and a known architect of indie-rap's more left-field beat structures, Jefferey "Jel" Logan should have had his day in…
Chris Martins / August 22, 2013

Serengeti Rhymes About Rib Tips on Bonus ‘Kenny Dennis’ Cut ‘Can’t Wait’

Chicago storyteller Serengeti releases his Kenny Dennis LP on Tuesday (June 25), building off of the delightfully offbeat character study that was last year's Kenny Dennis EP.
Chris Martins / June 20, 2013

First Spin: Main Attrakionz’s Collaborative EP ‘cLOUDLIFE’

On cLOUDLIFE's opening track "Chap 3," Squadda B briefly croons Jim Jones' hook for Cam'ron's "The Dopeman," and the song's whole conceit is pretty much…
Brandon Soderberg / February 28, 2012