Saba is another in 2016’s long line of Chicago artists making transformative art, from Malcom London to Jamila Woods to Noname to Joey Purp to Chance The Rapper. It’s been fruitful year for Chicago’s music scene, and after landing a guest spot on Chance The Rapper’s “Angels,” Saba steps out on his own with Bucket List Project. One of the undeniable highlights is “Bucket List,” one of the most hook-filled tracks here and featuring a vocal assist from Lupe Fiasco affiliate Matthew Santos. Saba’s vocals land with an emphasis riding on every syllable, until the words themselves become a mantra. “I know the sun will come up anytime the rain go,” he promises before alluding to his Coloring Book collaboration. “Swear I must got angels,” he raps as he did on “Angels.” Turns out they’ve been following him ever since.
Bucket List Project is out now.