Mike Rich/Red Eye
October 25, 2012
When a local music scene hits the national spotlight, while much of the hype is for the first artists out of the gate, the acts coming up behind them are the ones that truly blow up as the way has been paved for them. Though Chief Keef, Lil' Durk and Lil' Reese put Chicago's South Side "drill" rap scene on the map, it may be young female MC Sasha Go Hard (nee Yaneisha Franklin) and the others in their wake who take it nationwide.
Last week, Sasha spoke with the Tribune before leaving for New York, where she was slated to perform at the CMJ Music Marathon, a festival that showcases underground acts for college radio and music media. If a young artist's CMJ shows get buzz, it can launch a career and garner record label and press attention.
Though her flight wasn't for another six hours, Sasha was packed and eagerly waiting. "I'm ready to go now!" she said with a laugh from her family's home in Hyde Park. Sasha grew up in the Washington Park neighborhood and attended Dyett High School before graduating from the Youth Connection Leadership Academy, a charter school in Bronzeville.
10 p.m. Saturday at Reggie's, 2105 S. State St.; $10-13 (18+); reggieslive.com
Read the full Sasha Go Hard interview