When Chicago native Erik Wallace, who goes by the stage name Mister Wallace, started making hip-hop music with producer aCeb00mbaP, the duo had dreams of being signed to a label. But after after a few conversations with music-industry executives, Wallace began to temper his expectations. “I felt like as a queer artist that likes to be super provocative, [I] probably would not get picked up by a major label,” Wallace says.
Instead of compromising his creative vision, Wallace founded FutureHood, which he describes as “a fully realized label and media platform that supports artists from Chicago and beyond who want to make music that speaks to their identities.” One of FutureHood’s first releases was Wallace’s FAGGOT EP, a quintet of kinetic tracks that explores the artist’s sexuality and the labels that have been applied to it.
At Red Bull Music Festival, FutureHood's Black Friday showcase will demonstrate the scope of the collective's lineup, including performances from Mister Wallace, transgender rapper KC Ortiz and librarian emcee Roy Kinsey. Adopting a forward-looking theme, the concert will take place in an environment inspired by one of Wallace’s favorite TV movies: Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. The FutureHood team plans on transforming Subterranean into a space station, where guests will encounter performers and DJs that power the vessel’s journey. “When you come to this show you will feel like you’re a part of a community,” Wallace says.