Roy Kinsey has had a massive year. Librarian by day, rapper by night, the Chicago native followed up a string of releases with Blackie: A Story By Roy Kinsey, a conceptual album that tells the story of his family’s move to the Midwest during the Great Migration, and what it’s like growing up as a queer black man in Chicago. In this session he performs songs from the record at the Futurehood & Friends showcase, celebrating the Chicago label as part of the Red Bull Music Festival.
Recorded at the showcase celebrating the LGBTQ-centric label Futurehood, this episode features individual performances by Blu Bone, KC Ortiz and Kidd Kenn. Blu Bone was born in North Minneapolis, “where the rain is purple” — following a move to Chicago to study film, he connected with the Teklife crew and released his INTO NEBULA EP last year. Blu Bone raps and sings about everything from sex work to heartbreak, using classic house as a backdrop. Meanwhile, fellow Chicago-based artist KC Ortiz is a rapper who contrasts her DIY approach to songwriting and producing with the aesthetics of southern luxury. And teen rapper Kidd Kenn is coming quickly for the rap crown, with his 2018 debut album Childish, while ardently waving his rainbow flag.
Mister Wallace is a force. Together with Banjee Report member aCeb00mbaP, they launched their Futurehood imprint in 2016 with the Faggot EP — featuring guest verses by the likes of aCeb00mbaP and Cakes Da Killa, the EP and label ushered in a new generation of hip-hop artists whose queerness is an artistic focus. This year has been big for Mister Wallace, who followed up with a debut album, Cool Mom. In this session, they bring the fire on the mic at the Futurehood & Friends event in Chicago.
In this episode, Rae Chardonnay performs at Wicker Park venue Subterranean as part of the Futurehood & Friends showcase celebrating Chicago’s LGBTQ-centric label Futurehood. As well as holding down DJ residencies at Underground Wonder Bar and The Promontory, Chardonnay is the co-founder of Black Eutopia, a series of segmented programming intended to cultivate space for marginalized communities, and Party Noire, a day party that is, in her own words, “geared towards the uplifting and affirmation of the lives of Black women across the gender spectrum.”
Born Justin Ignatius Mitchell in Philadelphia, Hijo Pròdigo is a Chicago-based DJ and producer. Affiliated with the Futurehood label, their music collages diasporic sounds from communities of color onto dancefloor-functional club tracks. In this session, they smash out a hard-hitting club set filled with bass-laden, polyrhythmic techno.
With TRQPiTECA, Chicago locals Natalie Murillo, AKA La Spacer, and CQQCHIFRUIT created a production company that provides space for expression in the queer community. While La Spacer is a native Chicagoan, CQQCHIFRUIT hails from Miami, and their sound is rooted in the traditions of house, bass and tropical rhythms. In this session, they perform b2b at the Futurehood showcase, championing the musical output of Chicago’s LGBTQ community.