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The milieu of talent from Chicago has been on a continuum for well over a decade, but currently the city is ripe with musicians of all stripes plying their craft. Thanks to an abundance of music venues, community-driven projects and record stores with a commitment to subsidising and supporting local talent; the growth in up-and-coming singers, rappers and producers with distinct monikers has been exponential.

It’s not all about ‘Ye, Chance the Rapper or the architect behind the city’s drill scene, Chief Keef. Behind them are a legion of artists co-existing, coalescing and creating music indebted to Chicago’s storied history as it is to reconceiving the sounds of tomorrow. This autonomous bunch are defined less by decadence, nihilism and delusions of grandeur, instead they’re expanding the perception of rap, R&B, soul, and jazz.

Here’s our breakdown of 7 artists from the Windy City transcending the soundscape.

Ravyn Lenae – Nu-Soul debutante

For fans of: Solange, Kelela, Chloe x Halle, Sabrina Claudio, Jorja Smith