MP3: “Angels” – Chance The Rapper ft. Saba
Debuted During His Performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Critical Praise for Saba:
“Saba is up next.” – Billboard
“Saba is savvy with words.” – TheFADER
From poet to exploratory rapper, Saba could be the new voice of Chicago’s West Side. – Noisey
“One of Chicago rapper Saba’s greatest strengths in a still developing arsenal is a graceful capacity for capturing the weight of growing up in the scarred city with an insight and mournfulness typically reserved for older observers.” –Pigeons and Planes
“Saba’s been deconstructing the space-time continuum for years.” – Passion of the Weiss
Chance the Rapper performed the new single “Angels” featuring fellow Chicago rapper Saba during a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Named in Complex‘s “20 Rappers To Watch Out for in 2015,” the 21-year-old rapper and producer from Chicago’s West Side, joined the city’s new wave of bubbling talent with an aggressive delivery and unmistakable production. “Angels” is available for FREE download on iTunes now.
Says Saba, “I’ve known Chance for a few years now. We met at an open mic in Chicago called YOUMedia. The first time we worked together was on Acid Rap‘s ‘Everybody’s Something.’ He just reached out to me, very organic, nothing crazy. We were both just fans of each other. Since then, we’ve just continued to work and build a relationship and I think the latest release, ‘Angels,’ will really showcase that.” Saba also worked with Chance on The Social Experiment Surf project. Explains Saba, “I think it’s still early in all of our careers so I’m pretty positive there will be more collaborations between all of us.”
Born to a family of musical talent, Saba grew up to the sounds of soul, R&B, and jazz thanks to his father. He began to play piano at the age of seven, and soon after he started to experiment with his sound on beat making software. At age 16, Saba joined the open mikes at YOUMedia Center and Young Chicago Authors, which he credits with giving him the confidence and charisma to perform onstage. With all these tools in his arsenal Saba has developed a career sound with appeal that spans from the staunchest old-school hip hop heads to a new generation of rap fans.
In 2013, Saba joined fellow Windy City buzz-maker Chance the Rapper with a standout guest verse on “Everybody’s Something,” from Acid Rap. Saba followed up with an acclaimed release of his own, ComfortZone, in 2014. The 14-track collection is both autobiographical and reflective, a bittersweet window into the young emcee’s upbringing in a culturally rich yet troubled city. Saba tries to make sense of his surroundings while maintaining a positive outlook and mindset. ComfortZone not only captured Saba’s undeniable growth as an emcee, but also as a producer, and young adult.
Saba has been staying busy doing shows and working on new music, his SpareChange! instrumental EP having debuted via The FADER at the end of September. He will release a video next month that will be the last follow up to ComfortZone and then fans can expect some new music early in 2016.
Download “Angels” on iTunes for FREE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/angels-feat.-saba-single/id1052517262
Watch the performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k55k1gr002c