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Live crowds and fire performances at Pitchfork

The Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago was like a family reunion and concert in one. Two generations of Chicago artists all hit the stage in their home town in front of family, friends, and fans all to celebrate Chicago culture and hip hop music.

Ravyn Lenae, No Name, and Chicago's adopted brother Smino are young musicians that have captivated the city with their music and camaraderie. These artists set the tone for what it means to "eat with your bros". You could see No Name on one stage preparing for her set while watching her friend Smino perform right across the field, while Smino had the crowd chant 'Zero Fatigue' (the name of his artist collective that includes Chicago producer Monte Brooker), and No Name bringing out Ravyn Lenae to perform together. Their collaborative spirit on and off social media is what propels all of them to succeed.

The 'old heads' also embraced the younger artists. Chicago legends Chaka Khan and Lauryn Hill returned home and showed everyone how it's done. Chaka Khans effortless vocals filled the festival with nostalgia of better times when she performed her classic hits like 'Im Every Woman', 'Ain't Nobody', 'I Feel For You', and 'Sweet Thing'. Everyone from staff to other performers could be seen jamming with each other as her music was able to merge cultures, skin tones, and rhythms so we were all one big family.

Then, everyone celebrated the 20th anniversary of 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'. Her set began promptly after Chaka Khans with positive messages on the screen behind the DJ who got the crowd hype for her performance by playing oldies but goodies by DMX and Dr. Dre. The volume of the crowd was deafening when the words of the infamous classroom audio in the intro of Lauryn Hills debut solo album came over the speakers. Lauren Hill commanded the stage with her clear delivery, strong energy and memorable ending to the three day festival.

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