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From black pain to black joy, Chicago is a vital center of hip-hop and community activism in America. Chicago artists, community leaders and activists including Common, Rhymefest, Jamila Woods, Malcolm London and more give Billboard an on-the-ground look at the city's many facets, from protests over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer in 2014 to Donda's House, Rhymefest and Kanye West's nonprofit to support young, aspiring artists in their hometown.  

Read Billboard's in-depth piece on Rhymefest's quest to help Chicago kids here and check out Common's introduction to Billboard's Saving Chicago package here.