Saba is a rapper and producer from the west side of Chicago. Over the last few years, he has released three projects, and has collaborated with many other Chicago natives as well. Saba first came onto the scene with his 2012 debut mixtape, GETCOMFORTable. While the production was fairly mediocre, Saba did showcase his unique style, and even some versatility. All his tracks are based off experience, and not only does he recount his life growing up in Chicago, but he reflects on his struggles and opportunities as well.
In 2014, Saba released his second mixtape, entitled ComfortZone. Overall, this was one of the best mixtapes of 2014, but at the same time it was highly slept on. In two years, Saba was able to refine his style and release a tape that was much better than his previous. Once again showcasing his storytelling ability with hard-hitting lyrics and production from Cam Osteen, who is also responsible for Chance the Rappers Acid Rap, and Vic Mensa’s Innanetape. If not for such a quiet release, Saba would have much more recognition in the industry.
“I just pray that you get home safely, ironically the green line trained me / Cause I was softer than cotton startin’ college something that here you can’t be / Can’t see them niggas gettin’ on no time soon, we worried ’bout survival out here / Like where the hell I’m gonna get my food, nigga fuck your song I don’t care”
Over the last few years, Saba has been featured in the projects of many other Chicago natives. He had a verse on Chance the Rapper’s Everybody’s Something, has collaborated with Mick Jenkins on multiple occasions, and was also involved in Surf by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. A few months ago, Saba decided to showcase his production talents, with the release of his SpareChange EP. Consisting of purely instruments, the project mostly showed the same style we saw in his previous tapes, but with some notable outliers, like the track Bad Nature.
Saba is definitely one to look out for. We are still waiting on a debut album, but recently he was featured in Chance the Rappers new song, Angels.
Photo credit: Soundcloud