Tomorrow, the Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip Hop Arts will showcase many talented musicians, rappers, artists, performers, and filmmakers at a rock club.
Kevin Coval, a poet and leading advocate in Chicago for young writers, is curating the festival for the fifth year in a row. Since it first launched in 2009 at Victory Gardens Theater, Coval says the city's hip-hop scene has become part of the "national conversation," not only for the ascendency of local stars Kanye West, Twista, Common and others, but also for emerging blogs Fake Shore Drive and Ruby Hornet that have played a major role in exposing local talent outside the city, groomed by an abundance of open mic nights, poetry slams, festivals and venues, which have allowed disparate voices from all pockets of the city to be heard.
"There's been no better time for Chicago hip-hop than right now. It's undeniable. The artists are beginning to respect and see each other," Coval told the Chicago Sun-Times. "The scene is closer."
The nighttime event at the all-day festivities at Metro is ticketed and will feature performances by female rapper Psalm One, whose 2006 debut came out on the respected indie hip-hop label Rhymesayers, the eight-piece band Sidewalk Chalk, and emerging rappers ADD-2, Saba and NoName.
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