Though the city has had a large hip-hop community for decades, the last few years have drawn widespread attention to the vibrant Chicago hip-hop scene.
Superstars like Kanye West and R. Kelly are joined by Common, Twista and Lupe Fiasco on the growing roster of chart-topping acts coming out of Chicago. The mainstream success of Kanye West has opened doors for emerging Chicago artists like Kid Sister, who collaborates with West in her first music video, and the Cool Kids, who were recently profiled on MTV.
Check out underground hip-hop acts on select nights at venues like Bassment (1415 N. Ashland), Darkroom (2210 W. Chicago), Sonotheque (1444 W. Chicago) and the Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace). Larger hip-hop and R&B groups draw crowds at super-sized venues like the United Center (1901 W. Madison).
Chicago's greatest influence on electronic music may be its role as the birthplace of House music. Grown out of the post-disco dance club culture of the early ‘80s, bass-heavy House music is strongly influenced by elements funk and soul music.
The name “House” is rumored to originate from the Chicago dance club the Warehouse, where renowned DJ Frankie Knuckles played his dance tracks and mixes. Additionally, the classic House record label Trax Records was based in Chicago.