Interview: Typical Cats Speak on Rap and Violence in Chicago and Their New Album

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typical cats Interview: Typical Cats Speak on Rap and Violence in Chicago and Their New Album
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There’s a surge of popular hip-hop coming out of Chicago right now, but despite being a Chicago hip-hop group, Typical Cats are about the furthest thing from rising artists like Chief Keef, King L, and Young Chop. The group of three MCs and two producers has been making noise in the underground circuit for years, placing an emphasis on the fundamentals of hip-hop rather than a calculated image or style, and they’ve carved out a very unique lane for themselves as part of Chicago’s scene.

We talked with rappers Qwel, Qwazaar, and Denizen Kane and producers DJ Natural and Kid Knish to get their thoughts on the current state of Chicago hip-hop, their new album Typical Cats 3, and the changing landscape of music in 2012.

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  • Vitorrio ampineli

    I am liking this inter views. I am from italia, my name is Victor Ampinelli, really nice jobs you guys. Keep it up all the days and typical cats and pigeon and plane. Ok USA!