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What Chicago Activism Sounds Like Today: A Playlist Primer

Chance the Rapper
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Chance the Rapper performs during The Meadows Music & Arts Festival 2016 at Citi Field on Oct. 2, 2016 in New York City. 

Chicago’s local activism and music scenes have long been entwined — but what does that relationship actually sound like? Below, a sampling of some of the scene’s most important current artists and songs. From Kanye to Common to Chance (plus a few you may not have heard yet), there’s something for hip-hop fans of all stripes.