10 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you still think Chicago rap exists within the Chief Keef/Chance the Rapper dichotomy, you haven’t been paying attention. South Side native Calboy is proof: With his breakthrough single “Envy Me,” which quickly skyrocketed from casual SoundCloud upload to Billboard-charting viral dance sensation, the teenage rapper’s melodies brought a melancholy edge to the scene. Combine the romantic melodrama of Juice WRLD, the Auto-Tuned warbles of Lil Durk, and beats that evoke a trippier take on Noah “40” Shebib’s hypnotic sampling, and you’ve got Wildboy, Calboy’s impressive debut full-length. For a youngster, he’s got depth, too: On “Ghetto America,” he recruits Durk and Yo Gotti to break down the trauma that stems from growing up in the hood. Watch this space—the guy’s got next.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you still think Chicago rap exists within the Chief Keef/Chance the Rapper dichotomy, you haven’t been paying attention. South Side native Calboy is proof: With his breakthrough single “Envy Me,” which quickly skyrocketed from casual SoundCloud upload to Billboard-charting viral dance sensation, the teenage rapper’s melodies brought a melancholy edge to the scene. Combine the romantic melodrama of Juice WRLD, the Auto-Tuned warbles of Lil Durk, and beats that evoke a trippier take on Noah “40” Shebib’s hypnotic sampling, and you’ve got Wildboy, Calboy’s impressive debut full-length. For a youngster, he’s got depth, too: On “Ghetto America,” he recruits Durk and Yo Gotti to break down the trauma that stems from growing up in the hood. Watch this space—the guy’s got next.

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