by David Downs
File under: midwest rap Cancer raps make coke raps look hella weak. Who cares how you cut your shit with baking soda when your Dad's coughing up his lung in the next room? Talk about hard. Chicago rapper Thavius Beck confirms parental death can spur maturation with "'98", off his September release Thru. Beck's on the Mush label, well known for just-outside-the-mainstream tastes that include local beatmaker Jel.