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Saba: CARE FOR ME (Review)

May 19, 2018

For some time now artistry has taken a back seat in the culture of Hip Hop. The current trap climate of the culture has taken meaningful records and impactful lyrics out of the forefront of Hip-Hop. At the end of the day this is the music that is in demand by today's youth, and the youth has always been the spearhead of the culture. Despite the current trend of music there remains a pocket of fans that want music with substance, a message, and a story. The Chicago native Saba is the beacon to the hopes of these fans. Saba is an extremely introspective artist whose talent is undeniable. He has an array of flows and tones, using that versatility in his voice to appeal to older and younger hip hop fans alike. That's what sets Saba apart from his peers, the potential to appeal to two generations that are often at odds with one another.

With the release of his second album "CARE FOR ME" we get an opportunity to listen to an independent artist with all the chops to be a major signed artist. His DIY approach with him being able to produce and rap puts his music ability up there with some of the top artist in the genre. Saba draws similarities to fellow Chicago rapper, Chance the Rapper, but Saba taps into the harsh realities of the hood using that pain and trauma to inspire his music. In the two part opening record Busy/Sirens, Saba speaks on navigating relationships and balancing his busy life while taking the time to stay connected to family and friends. In "Sirens" he speaks on a topic we are all too familiar with, police brutality and the image of black men. It's always refreshing to see an artist use their platform to shed light on current social issues. Another standout record in "Grey" where Saba gives us insight to industry nonsense, record label expectations and the shift in the preferred image of artist by record labels "First they wanted the hip-hop, And then they wanted gurilla, and then they wanted drug dealer, and then they wanted a dancer, now they want drug addict". In his most vulnerable record the two part Prom/King Saba gives us to vivid stories about his cousin and fellow rapper Walter. "Prom" speaks on the two artists prom experience with Walter putting Saba on game to make Prom lit for him. In the second part "King” Saba speaks on the untimely death of Walter and what they had going on leading to his passing. “CARE FOR ME” in general gives us insight to the pain of Saba but Prom/King takes us to the focal point of that pain showing us the most vulnerable moments for Saba. “CARE FOR ME” is therapy given in the form of artistry, this is the type of music that the culture needs to balance out the care free nature of current Hip Hop.




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