What happens when hip-hop becomes fluid, when it moves from a needle and a record to a drumset, bass, and keyboard? What happens when a virtuosic quartet of musicians possess the freedom to craft the music behind three charismatic emcees, like a d.j.? And what happens when that d.j. has one of the illest record collections of jazz, global, and rock records that you've ever heard? It certainly doesn't feel the same every time, but if you talk to the members of Bad News Jones that's the whole point. This group's sound is like a two-headed monster, just as likely to be driven by the pulse of it's musicians as it's boisterous emcees, and delivers a reflection on past musical traditions while simultaneously exploring new ones. And as they near their five-year anniversary, they are only at the tip of the iceberg, with their inventive blend thriving within the budding live-band hip-hop scene in Chicago. Bad News Jones first broke onto the Chicago scene during the summer of 2001, when they began hosting an open mic event at Subterranean called 'Floetry'. A beacon of creativity in the artisan community of Wicker Park, 'Floetry' quickly helped establish the name of Bad News Jones within the minds of their listeners, as well as draw praise from the open mic participants, who supported the event during it's two and a half year run. Since breaking onto the scene, Bad News Jones has performed at venues all across the city, such as the Hothouse, the Abbey Pub, and the Note, and has performed alongside local giants Family Tree and journeymen Heiruspecs. This past January, Bad News participated in the album release entitled The Chicago Drop, a compilation of Chicago's up and coming hip-hop acts, which culminated in a party at the Metro. This spring, the group releases their first-self titled EP, and is currently beginning work on a full length album while continuing to work on expanding their sphere of influence.