The young Chicago rapper Joey Purp is a human energy-bomb, an urgent and galvanizing live performer. Last night, he got a chance to show it. Purp released his new album QUARTERTHING last month. And last night, he and Wu-Tang Clan abbot RZA performed the album track “Godbody Pt. 2” on The Tonight Show. More »
Fatimah Warner wasn’t a music person as a kid. In a recent FADER profile, we learn that she grew up with her grandparents and that music wasn’t that big of a presence in her life through most of her childhood. The rapper known as Noname didn’t fall into rap through the sort of … More »
Joey Purp has long been the hardest, hungriest rapper to come out of Chicago’s SaveMoney crew — the loose collective that seems to encompass all the sharp and self-aware rappers who have come out of Chicago’s after-school freestyle-cypher scene this decade. And today, he follows up his impressive 2016 mixtape iiiDrops with the new album … More »
Picture it. You’re getting into your late twenties, and you haven’t done shit. You’ve been abused, knocked around, ignored. You’ve tried releasing music, but it hasn’t gone anywhere. You’ve found yourself a little bit of a home in the underground rap scene, doing the calisthenic rap workouts that the Scribble Jam scene demands, but nobody … More »
We’re about to witness the glorious return of the Chicago rap livewire Joey Purp, a product of the same SaveMoney crew that’s also given us so many truly great rappers. Purp’s last album was 2016’s extremely promising iiiDrops, and he’ll be back this Friday with the much-anticipated QUARTERTHING. More »
KAMI has been heating up Chicago’s hip-hop scene for a minute and with the release of the new Cole Bennett-directed, Chance The Rapper and Joey Purp-assisted music video for “Reboot,” the Chicago Fire Department should be on their toes like it’s 1871.
“Reboot,” the lead single from KAMI’s second studio LP Very Slight, set to drop September 14, features a stacked cast of Windy City torch carriers that boast a must-listen just by gracing the same track together. Now their collaboration comes with some well-deserved visuals. Cole Bennett’s fast-paced and fluid directing captures the energy of “Reboot,” an energy that demands attention with its resolute and unbridled style. The off-beat rhythm keeps the listener’s ear keen for what the line up has to offer. “Reboot” is flush with one-liners, callbacks, and hooks. Like Joey Purp says they, “put it all on a pendant.”
What’s more — the “Reboot” video received support from the non-profit Refuge Foundation of the Arts, whose purpose is to create venues for artistic expression in places without the means. You can scope out the new video below.
Chicago is in the building. Chance The Rapper has always maintained a strong connection to his hometown roots, repping Chicago with a feverish intensity — but this one feels like a family affair. Coming as the Coloring Book rapper’s latest move in a busy summer of releases, Chance hops on a SaveMoney blockbuster, “Reboot” with KAMI, producer Smoko Ono, and rapper Joey Purp.
Best known to be a parts of Vic Mensa‘s Chicago-based artist collective, KAMI, Purp, and Chance each provide their own distinct verse work, with Purp and Chance’s standing out over the dripping, hazy beat by Smoke Ono. “Reboot” comes amid a summer heavy on rap highlights, and “Reboot” definitely just made the list. Fans can look forward to the rest of KAMI’s forthcoming second album titled *Very Slight, slated to be released on September 14.