Qwel and Maker, two of Chicago's best underground hip-hop artists, are coming to San Jose. They got their start, separately, in the early 2000s, Qwel as an emcee in the throwback crew, Typical Cats, and Maker as an independent producer (and then later for Glue). They joined forces in 2004 and have since released four albums together. The mixture of Qwel's thought-provoking, introspective lyrics with Maker's soulful classic boom-bap beats were immediately a natural fit. As their partnership progressed, Maker's beats have gotten grimier and more hypnotic, while Qwel has really pushed the boundaries of personal expression with some sophisticated rapid-fire delivery.