On the rainy evening of June 10, Chicago-based rapper and producer Saba ascended the stage of the Music Dealers office and rained a hail of neo-soul inspired verses for this month’s #MDSessions.
Saba is a perfect representation of the up-and-coming hustle of Chicago’s hip-hop scene. The West Side native began rapping at 8-years-old, graduated high school at 16, and released three solo tapes – Born Emperors, The Ozymndias EP, and The Manhattan Project – all before his first semester at Columbia College Chicago. An alum of the city’s Young Chicago Authors and YouMedia programs, where he and fellow artists Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins, No-Name Gypsy, and others developed their unique styles, Saba has cultivated a lyrical palette that is both raw and refined.
“Yellow tapes say caution caucus I owe a lot to it though,
Seen a guy on a bus ride, he’ll probably die doing dope,
Seen a group of girls and they were calling on the Lord, like may he be witch you,
In Armageddon I’m a be a ***** with a sword, like Mace Windu,”
…rapped Saba during his song “Burnout,” which was the second-to-last track he performed on Wednesday’s #MDSessions set. A crowd of agency creatives and producers packed the Music Dealers office, dancing to the melodic cadence of Saba’s weighty, yet playful raps.
Noted by many as an artist to watch, Saba recently toured with Mick Jenkins, performing across the country. ComfortZone, the artist’s sophomore mixtape released last July, is comprised of 14 genre-bending tracks that culminate into a coming-of-age story like no other. His Pivot Tour 2015 includes shows in New York City; Kansas City, Missouri; and Somerset, Wisconsin.
Saba’s #MDSessions set:
By: Zach Miller, Music Dealers