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    Max Wonders

    Chicago rap is wonderfully varied right now, and new talent seems to pop up almost weekly. The latest to catch our eye is Max Wonders, an 18-year-old who told us that he's as influenced by Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Lou Reed as he is by Outkast and Lil Wayne.

    This eclectic taste manifests itself in his rapping style and in the beats he chooses, with "88 Changes" serving as a great example of a warm, multi-layered beat pairing perfectly with Wonders' easy ear for memorable melodies.