Saba - CARE FOR ME

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New album by the Chicago rapper is truly stunning imo. Saba's production has kind of defined the sound of left-of-center Chicago rap, equally influenced by gospel and jazz, with gorgeous harmonies and some daintily whirring electronics. CARE FOR ME is some dark night of the soul shit, as Saba grapples with the death of his cousin Walter aka John Walt aka dinnerwithjohn. there's a lot to love on the album, but the true standout is "PROM / KING," where he summarizes his relationship with his cousin and viscerally recreates the terror he felt the night he wouldn't respond to calls.

just listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ZsSWlcEDo

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 12:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is great, Kendrick, Chance and Drake comparisons seem inevitable

PROM / KING is a hell of a standout, very powerful storytelling

thanks for the recommendation

niels, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thanks for starting this thread need to listen to this

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Damn, only got 3 posts? Pretty sure this will be album of the year for me...

Soundslike, Friday, 22 June 2018 23:52 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah my fault for not evangelizing enough. the album is brilliant

paul mccartney & whinge (voodoo chili), Saturday, 23 June 2018 04:55 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Kind of a rightful heir to both Acid Rap and DAMN, maybe it's not its own thing enough but I won't hold it against a sophomore record, and all in all I doubt I'll hear a better hip-hop record this year. Last three tracks are some sort of rollercoaster.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 17:18 (four months ago) Permalink

yep, still loving this record. i relate so hard to the quiet desperation in his voice on "busy day"

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 17:27 (four months ago) Permalink

agreed

niels, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 17:41 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Noname actually also quite similar flow, maybe it's a chi-thing

niels, Friday, 14 September 2018 07:43 (four months ago) Permalink

Awesome album that'll definitely make my end of year list if I go down that route. I was surprised by the lack of discussion here when I first heard it back in April (not that I did anything about it, mind you).

pomenitul, Friday, 14 September 2018 10:27 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACBKg0bmsXY

new song is great.

CARE FOR ME is one of my five or six favorite albums of the year

fred-a van vleet (voodoo chili), Friday, 9 November 2018 22:42 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I was more sort of appreciating this than really feeling it, but then PROM/KING just slayed me.

Matt DC, Sunday, 25 November 2018 11:59 (one month ago) Permalink

'Busy/Sirens' is track of the year for me, easily; and the album is my album of the year. Just felt like a back-to-front, long-term stunner classic to me from the first listen, and the emotional depth, lyrical and flow artistry, production craft and perfect fit to the lyrics have only grown in their appeal after 30+ listens since it was released. Really hope some magazines/journalists/blogs besides mine know/remember in their year-ends.

Chicago or Chicago-diaspora hip-hop has really been dominating my listening in general this year beyond 'Care for Me'--multiple releases from Lando Chill, Noname's 'Room 25,' Mick Jenkins' 'Pieces of A Man,' and possibly most impressive of all Roy Kinsey's 'Blackie' which I know will be massively underheard but is a real masterpiece. https://notnormaltapes.bandcamp.com/album/nnt-064-roy-kinsey-blackie-cs. If they did a group tour it would be legendary.

Soundslike, Sunday, 25 November 2018 13:59 (one month ago) Permalink

I was more sort of appreciating this than really feeling it, but then PROM/KING just slayed me.
that was my first impression too

niels, Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:46 (one month ago) Permalink

The Roy Kinsey album is definitely my favourite of those mentioned by Soundslike - also one of my favourite albums of the year.

Tim F, Sunday, 25 November 2018 22:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Chicago wise....Chris Crack’s projects this year have been amazing as well

And while they haven’t dropped any great full lengths yet, el hitta, Calboy, polo g, zay osama are all on the verge of breaking out on the street rap side

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 26 November 2018 01:56 (one month ago) Permalink

And cupcakke of course, who is definitely a Chicago artist

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 26 November 2018 01:56 (one month ago) Permalink

The Roy Kinsey joint that flips the “picture me rollin” sample 🔥

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 26 November 2018 02:03 (one month ago) Permalink

haven't heard all the chris crack releases but being woke ain't fun is rly great yeah

lowercase (eric), Monday, 26 November 2018 02:35 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah that one's great

never realized cupcakke was from chicago

niels, Monday, 26 November 2018 10:07 (one month ago) Permalink

she went to elementary school with chief keef lol

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 26 November 2018 10:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Fun fact of the day!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 26 November 2018 10:20 (one month ago) Permalink

haha that's great

niels, Monday, 26 November 2018 13:57 (one month ago) Permalink


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