The blues had a stepchild and they called it hip-hop. 

Forest Park’s own international blues harmonica blower Sugar Blue appears on a new project collaborating with a rap star famous for blending the sounds of hard rock and rap.

Released this week is a new collaboration by Blue and DMC (aka Darryl McDaniels), one-third of the 1980s trio Run-DMC. Producer Sonix The Mad Scientist created the song “Next Level” that combines the sounds of Chicago blues and hip hop.

Grammy-award winning Blue begins the song with the opening lines of Muddy Waters’ ‘I’m a Man’ complete with Little Walter-style harp blowing.  The piece takes off from there with rapping rhymes of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductee DMC.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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