You can find bomb music most everywhere in Chicago. Sometimes, though, it takes a bit of luck to find it.

And so it was that I happened to come upon the most delightful Chicago rap performance in a kind stranger’s Wicker Park apartment on Saturday night. It’s slightly misleading, though, to say “happened upon” when the show was actually the brilliant fruit of Sofar Sounds Chicago’s labors.

Sofar generates connections that result from a warm ad hoc music community in the city. Facilitating intimate shows in ever-changing pop-up venues, Sofar provides a curated experience that remains largely unknowable until the day of the show arrives and the actual location of the performance is revealed. You also don’t know who you’re seeing, so you must trust Sofar’s curation.

 

MC Angelenah @ Sofar Sounds Chicago 1/7/17

It was under these mysterious circumstances that the other intrepid listeners and I showed up to the gracious host’s studio apartment where I was handed a card listing the night’s performances.

This is how I discovered RapperChicks, and I am better for it.

RapperChicks on this particular night looked like two girls with mics and shakers, and a guy with a Strat all sitting crisscross applesauce on the floor (note: intimate vibes). The guitarist started laying down a jazzy groove, but when I heard the girls’ voices, I was done. The RapperChicks are raw and tastefully vulgar; a frank expression of the world from the attitude of a hardcore female.

 

“The Rapperchicks are a collective of three badass women who rap, sing, play, and melt faces all by ourselves. We do everything in house and we fuck shit up daily.”

 

MC Psalm One @ Sofar Sounds Chicago 1/7/17

The amount of energy produced by these two had everyone singing hooks, and left the audience asking for an encore, which we received.

RapperChicks member, MC Psalm One, explained to the audience her role as “a sapper: singing, rapping—kind of like Nelly.” The other MC present was Angelenah, whose voice and bars both made me weak, like seriously. The third rapper chick was MIA for this show, but I imagine Ill-Esha is also a force to be reckoned with if she rolls with the two I heard at the Sofar show.

If you like to have your mind blown by good music, I suggest you follow the RapperChicks and get to their next show. They have made a name for themselves in Chicago with notable collaborators, and acclaim from local sources such as Chicago Magazine.

 

All photos by Carlos James

 

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