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Biz, Supreme Regime, Roman Flowrs, Jay2 the Kidd Classic 

When: Fri., Feb. 7, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $9
Last month World Star Hip Hop released a 40-minute documentary on violence and rap in Chicago, The Field, whose focus seems to imply that drill artists are the only local acts worth paying attention to. I don’t fault World Star for discussing the drill scene—the unremittingly bleak music by the likes of Lil Durk and Young Chop says a lot about their environment, and if you want to talk about the relationship of rap to violence in Chicago, you can’t skip drill. But plenty of other locals make powerful, compelling hip-hop inspired by their surroundings, including Englewood rapper-producer Roman Flowrs—his 2013 mixtape OneHellofaPromo combines laid-back, soul-influenced tracks with thoughtful observations about his neighborhood. (My current favorite line is from “Lake Shore Drive,” where Flowrs casually raps, “Where I’m from the dope boys is the rock stars / But they can’t cop cars without seeing cop cars.”) Flowrs enlisted pals to produce the bulk of OneHellofaPromo, and their silky, funky beats dovetail with his mellow on-the-mike demeanor. The best songs are also the most optimistic, with Flowrs sharing reassuring rhymes about finding hope in dreadful circumstances: on “Rose Petals” he raps, “They say flowers don’t grow in the ghetto / But you still see some rose petals.” —Leor Galil Biz headlines; Supreme Regime, Roman Flowrs, and Jay2 the Kidd Classic open.

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