Personal branding is something that everyone needs to deal with at one point in their life. Our 20’s are a defining period in our lives. One Saturday afternoon,I met with rapper and singer Angeleenah over Peruvian food at Tanta to discuss her career, her influential writing style and of course, food.
Angelenah has always had an adoration for music. The Chicago native started out with a love for musicals. “I honestly never grew up being a kid who listened to a lot of rap music,” says Angelenah. Her love for musicals started in elementary school as she auditioned for productions like Annie when she was in the 4th grade. That’s when she noticed that her voice had an impact on people.
26-year-old Angelenah had been writing since she was a young girl but started rapping and taking it seriously at the age of 21. She has always been into poetry and journalism so storytelling was a smooth transition for her when it comes to music. After a solo project, she became one of the founders of Chicago-based group, Rapper Chicks. The group has gone through a few member changes but the final outcome with members Psalm One, Angelenah and Elysha was named Chicago Magazine’s best group. The group’s latest project Shitty Punk Album, features Memphis rap legend, Gangsta Boo. The Rapper Chicks also performed at the Taste of Chicago this year. Another member of Rapper Chicks, Psalm One released the triple disc album Gender Fender Bender last month and Angelenah is featured one of the discs. The album can’t be found online because Psalm wanted to stick to the organic route of selling physical copies of albums at shows. Angelenah also co-hosts Chicago’s only rap Karaoke night at Jerry’s every Saturday night in Wicker Park with Psalm.
Tanta is a Peruvian restaurant located in downtown Chicago. The vibes are perfect for a summer Saturday with a rooftop terrace with a gorgeous and vibrant decor. The happy hour menu is filled light bites that each range about $3-$5 each. Angelenah and I split the calamari and a few empanadas which were all a hit.
The calamari was so crispy, tasty and pretty. The happy drink menu is just what you need on summer Saturday. I had the La Rusa which is a gorgeous and delightful concoction of acholado pisco, st. germain, orange, lemon, campari ice, fresh thyme.
If you’re ever downtown on a Saturday be sure to check out Tanta’s happy hour at 118 W. Grand Ave. For now listen to The Rapper Chicks featuring Gangsta Boo “Rules and Regulations”