In 2016, Saba dropped one of my favorite albums to date titled Bucket List Project. The Chicago artist solidified his spot in the music scene, especially with standout tracks like “Stoney” and “World In My Hands.” As one of the most talented in Chicago and beyond, Saba continues to bolster his ballistic flow and clever lyricism.
Saba returns to our site with his latest track, “Busy.” Standing as one of his most introspective tracks to date, Saba touches upon everything from trust issues and mental health to maintaining relationships and tour life. Fleeting melodies from Daoud, daedaePIVOT, and Saba himself are brought to life in a set of elegant visuals from director Peter Campbell.
With his ability to captivate listeners with his skilled pen, Saba is sure to have another great year ahead. In the meantime, check out the video for “Busy” below and grab tickets to his upcoming Care For Me tour.
For one of the latest installments of the Adult Swim Singles series, Saba and Zack Villere return with “360.” Saba’s rapid-fire raps dance with Zack’s ditsy production, streamlined with a graceful hook. The track came about through a few interactions over Twitter which quickly blossomed into a true friendship. The merging of their talents creates a soothing cut that leaves us pining for more.
Stream “360” below.
Saba is one of the gems of Chicago that’s finally getting the shine he deserves. The rapper/producer took his debut Bucket List Project around the States earlier this spring, returning today with his latest single titled “There You Go.” Co-produced alongside Daoud with trumpet riffs from Herbie One, Saba delivers a thoroughly refreshing performance. His ability to carve slick pockets over the soulful production places his talents in the spotlight to create an undeniably repeat-worthy cut.
Stream “There You Go” below.
2016 was just the tip of the iceberg for Saba. The Chicago artist impressed new listeners and familiar faces alike with his debut album Bucket List Project and returned over the weekend with “Monday To Monday.” Produced by Richie Souf, who also laid the foundation for tracks like Madeintyo‘s “I Want,” Saba flexes his talents with the pen as he details his unparalleled drive. A true middle finger to haters and non-believers, throw this one on repeat when you’re looking for some motivation to get you through the week.
Saba will also be embarking on his first headlining tour, featuring Sylvan LaCue. Peep the flyer below and grab tickets here.
After continuing to refine his sound through collabs with fellow Chicagoans Noname, Chance the Rapper, and Joey Purp, Saba has reemerged with his Bucket List Project. It’s been just over two years since we were introduced to ComfortZone, and from the moment you press play, his newfound confidence seeps throughout each track. The collection features previous singles like “Church Liquor / Liquor Store” and “Symmetry,” fleshed out with self-production, as well as foundations from Phoelix, Monte Booker, and Cam O’bi.
Saba sprinkles voice memos between each song, allowing icons from around the Windy City to share what’s on their bucket lists. Topped with further appearances from the likes of Twista, Smino, and Ravyn Lenae, Saba’s latest project explores Chicago from all angles as he reflects on his come up, the current state of his hometown, and what’s to come in the near future. His malleable flow travels through each soundscape with ease, highlighting his versatility and vocal dexterity.
Stream Bucket List Project below and grab your copy via iTunes. Also be sure to pick up some merch in support of the album here.
“Symmetry’ is about finding your other half, or better half, even,” – Saba, via NYLON
It goes without saying that Chicago has no shortage of talent. One of their most promising artists is Saba, who has maintained momentum with a slew of singles throughout the year, including collabs with Joey Purp, Smino, and more.
As the follow-up to 2014’s Comfort Zone, the Windy City emcee and producer is gearing to release a new project, Bucket List. “Symmetry” stands as our latest peek at his new body of work, and features Saba weaving between singing and rapping over echoing synths from Ken Ross.
Stream his new cut below, and catch him at Lollapalooza this Friday.
Saba: Twitter // SoundCloud
Chicago moguls Chance the Rapper and Saba just debuted the music video for their most recent collaboration, “Angels.” Director Austin Vesely follows the duo around the Windy City with Chano (literally) atop a CTA car, while Saba keeps the energy going inside with help from Ian Eastwood, D-Low, and many more talented dancers. With an extra flair of animation from Hebru Brand Studios, this is a fun ride you won’t want to miss.
Chance also appeared at the SoundCloud Go launch party last week in New York where, in addition to performing a few fan favorites like his verse on “Ultralight Beam” and “Angels,” he announced his highly anticipated mixtape will be arriving this month (Source: Esquire). No further details have been released since, but it looks like we could be hearing more from Lil Chano from 79th soon.
Chance the Rapper: Twitter // SoundCloud // ChanceRaps
Saba: Twitter // SoundCloud // SabaPivot
Ever since Chance the Rapper’s interview with Ebro and Laura Stylez on HOT 97 went live last week, one of his first extensive conversations to hit the web, an elusive collaboration between Chance and Stephen Colbert left the Internet itching with anticipation and curiousness. While we wait, Chance has revealed the surprise track “Angels,” teaming up with fellow Chi-town native Saba on the hook, which is now available to stream and download (for free of course, a la Chance). The track is set to debut any minute now on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Keep your eyes peeled for footage from the debut, and take a listen to the track via iTunes.
UPDATE: Chance has made the track available to stream and download on SoundCloud as well. Enjoy!
This past weekend, the Windy City’s own Hurt Everybody released their first official mixtape titled 2K47. Don’t let the title fool you; these talented individuals are no stranger to the game. Alongside their debut, the collective has made their entire discography thus far of over one hundred songs free to download. The three members of the group, Carl (center), Supa Bwe (left), and newest addition Mulatto Beats (right) are taking the DIY approach of hip-hop to an entirely new level. The group has spent the last year leading up to their debut mixtape delivering a steady stream of tracks to their growing audience, building a solid foundation while finding their voices.
The follow-up to their self-titled Hurt Everybody EP houses production from each, marinated with passion and topped-off with guest appearances from local veterans including Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley, Saba, and Twista. The group produces a juxtaposition of soothing vocals (see “Low Light” and “Stay Awake“) alongside authentically aggressive verses bolstered by the occasional in-your-face one-liners (see “2K47”).
An easily overlooked feature can be found on the third track, “Summer Kings”, a mellow collaborative effort with Abel Gray. Gray’s connection with Hurt Everybody extends to the visual arts; the Birmingham musician/painter hybrid is responsible for creating the cover art for 2K47, as well as commissions for several individual tracks from the project.
What ultimately sets Hurt Everybody apart from the crowd in a sea of rising Chicago talent is their ability to mesh their three individual styles. I never thought relaxed hooks and verses could so seamlessly be accompanied by almost screamo/punk-rock style delivery. Simply put: it just works. Manifesting their ideas while maintaining complete creative control is rare in today’s sea of aspiring musicians. Above all, Hurt Everybody remains an immense sonic force that has only begun to scratch the surface of their journey. If you’re in the Chicago area, make sure to come through to one of their upcoming shows here. If you aren’t, keep your eyes peeled for the 2K47 tour to be announced soon!
Stream 2K47 below and download the project, as well as their entire discography, free at www.hurteverybody.com.
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