Kaina & the Burns Twins, Sol Patches, DJ Elliven Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Mon., Dec. 26, 7 p.m. 2016

Chicago’s hip-hop scene has produced a torrent of great music this year, but few full-lengths show as much promise and vitality as As2Water Hurricanes, the self-released debut from Sol Patches. A self-described gender abolitionist who uses “they” and “them” rather than singular pronouns, Patches raps like they have no other choice, and while not the first MC to reference Rekia Boyd—the 22-year-old Chicago woman fatally shot in 2012 by an off-duty police officer—the way they hold on to every syllable of her name on the juddering opener, “BLK Hurricanes,” invokes Boyd as a person cared for by others who no doubt wish they could grasp her as closely and attentively as Patches says her name. Dense, rough around the edges, and a little long, As2Water Hurricanes is imperfect, but its flaws are part of its charm and power as the fierce performances by Sol Patches invite listeners to sit with progressive messages about the Black Lives Matter movement, gender, and sexuality.

Leor Galil

Price: $5

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