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Chicago rap group Hurt Everybody reunites as its members build bright solo careers


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If you're well-versed in Chicago hip-hop, then you should certainly know the name Hurt Everybody, a rare group that landed like an asteroid in 2014 and vanished just as quickly. While outsiders positioned the city’s scene as a binary, dividing Chicago rappers into drill and poetry-bred alternative hip-hop (while ignoring, say, the joyful sound of bop, Hurt Everybody showed that it is possible to craft a sound for which there’s no local precedent—combining Mulatto Beats' spaced-out, kaleidoscopic productions, Supa Bwe’s sweet and caterwauling battle cries, and Qari’s world-building, ballistic raps, which he delivers with an unruffled, grizzled grace. The members of Hurt Everybody understood you can make sense of what seems like a wild assortment of ingredients by mixing them together on your own, and after launching at the beginning of 2014, they quickly pulled many talented Chicagoans into their field of gravity. The group’s last full-length, 2015’s 2K47, features Alex Wiley, Saba, Twista, rockers Twin Peaks, and Mick Jenkins—rumor had it he’d been working on an album-long collaboration with Hurt Everybody when the group called it quits at the beginning of 2016. Since they parted ways, the members of Hurt Everybody have found success as solo artists—the March video for Qari’s daydream-like, plinking “Pants From Japan” is about to hit a million views, and Supa will perform at Lollapalooza next month. I can only imagine their time apart has provided each member with armloads of ideas they can develop together—and they have recently been working on something in the studio. Tonight’s show is sponsored by Lyrical Lemonade, a rap blog that’s become a mini multimedia empire thanks to its founder—in-demand video director, and new tastemaker Cole Bennett. He launched Lyrical Lemonade with an interest in covering local hip-hop acts that didn’t get much attention in the world outside Chicago, including acts such as Hurt Everybody. Times sure have have changed.  v

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