THE LATEST FROM THE CHICAGO RAPPER’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM FEW GOOD THINGS DROPPING 4 FEB
|PRAISE FOR SABA|
“His most affecting tracks celebrate nuance; they often manage to be joyful and tragic,
triumphant and anxiety-inducing, all at once”
“Through Saba’s inner turmoil, he finds his most powerful and diaristic” storytelling.”
“Sell-out shows have been a long time coming for the rapper,
who’s been a streaming success with Australian listeners”
“In mining such intensely personal subject matter Saba has found that
the more honest he is with his own life and experiences, the more people connect”
“A beautiful project with so much replay value it’s astounding”
The AU Review
“Lush and funky”
“Honesty and humility knows no bounds”
Acclaimed Shikaakwa / Chicago rapper-producer and Pivot Gang Co-Founder Saba has teamed up with Cleveland rapper Krayzie Bone of the trailblazing GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for new single ‘Come My Way’, a fresh melodic track that is the latest offering from Saba’s highly anticipated third solo album Few Good Thingsdropping on February 4, 2022. LISTEN HERE.
‘Come My Way’ features Krayzie Bone’s signature flow adding a classic and familiar sound that helps ground the Daoud and daedaePIVOT co-produced track, which is the third single issued from Few Good Things following previously released tracks ‘Stop That’ and the funk-laden ‘Fearmonger’ (feat. Daoud).
“When I think back on first discovering Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as a child, it immediately stood out to me as unique,”Saba shares of the legendary group. “I started paying attention and really learning how to rap from listening to them and trying to recite it. It felt honest and completely true to themselves — authentic in a way that doesn’t come around very often and in a way that will be impossible to recreate. Their mix of melody and rhythms that I had never heard is what connected with me in a way that other music just didn’t. It inspired me to be more creative.”
On the inspiration behind the track, Saba adds, “It’s an ode to nostalgia and growing up, and I think ‘hopeful’ and ‘soulful’ are accurate descriptions of the song.I considered a poverty song as a concept for this one. ‘All I’m doing [is] thinking how to get some money, and then we’ll be good.’ This is a false statement, but one that I believed at a point, and many others believe right now. This song also takes place in that nostalgic kind of setting. I’m describing many things that are normal on the westside of Chicago so that it plays like just any other day — pretty stagnant but having so much life. ‘We ain’t got no time to relax’ is a harsh reality for so many people experiencing this type of poverty where the focus is on work and survival. ‘Had to run them niggas shooting shit, I wish that the guys had shields’ is an acknowledgement of grief, but the song is not written as to feel sad or sorry for ourselves. It is a reality, not one I or anyone else can change, so this song is about getting up the next day and getting to work, or getting to it however you provide, but just moving on in that fashion. ‘And then we’ll be good,’ throughout whatever adversity, and challenges, and otherwise just fucked up shit comes our way.”
Few Good Things was recently highlighted inThe New York Times’ “12 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2022” winter preview stating, “The beats are still buttery, jazzy and meticulously arranged. But this time around, there is more wisdom — a recognition that living through trauma means finding gratitude and affirmation in the moments you can.”
The follow up to his critically acclaimed 2018 album Care For Me that found Saba grappling with the aftermath of his cousin John Walt’s 2017 murder, upcoming album Few Good Thingsfinds the Chicago polymath looking deeper within as he explores the realization of self after a search for exterior fulfilment. Few good things is to grow comfortable with the empty, and despite that, find your fullness.
Saba recently announced his headlining 2022 Back Home Tour for North America and Europe/U.K. The tour launches in Europe and the U.K. with support from English rapper, singer, and songwriter ENNY on U.K. dates and Dutch-Sudanese R&B singer-songwriter Gaidaa throughout Europe. The North American leg features support from Charlotte-bred Dreamville rapper Lute and Los Angeles artist Amindi. Complete tour dates included below and tickets can be purchased now at sabapivot.com/tour.
FEW GOOD THINGS LP
4 February 2022
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‘Come My Way‘ is out now, buy/stream it here.
A successful Black independent artist, Saba has rooted his career in authenticity and musicality that’s made him one of his generation’s most important and unique voices. The Chicago polymath is preparing for the release of the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2018 album CARE FOR ME, for which he earned honours as one of the Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoans of the Year and has performed 100+ shows worldwide.
CARE FOR ME is a significant and devastating release that finds Saba grappling with the aftermath of his cousin John Walt’s 2017 murder. “The specificity with which Saba renders his personal inventory of survivor’s guilt, toxic relationships and internal struggles while swimming against a rising tide of systemic injustice, elevates CARE FOR ME from mere tragedy to living tribute,” said NPR, naming the release their #1 Hip-Hop Album of the Year.
Saba began making music at age 8 and was writing and producing songs by early adolescence. Building a recording studio in his grandmother’s basement on the Westside of Chicago, he and a group of neighbourhood friends formed Pivot Gang and began taking trains across the city to join creative youth organizations and perform at open mics. These experiences sharpened his writing and performance skills, and he has continued to build home studios where he is self-taught on a variety of musical instruments.
In 2019, J. Cole tapped Saba for his Revenge of the Dreamers III project, where they featured together on the powerful closer ‘Sacrifices’ – the track recently attaining RIAA certified Gold status. He also teamed up with frequent collaborators Noname and Smino to form the Midwest music collective Ghetto Sage. With new music on his slate for 2021-22, Saba is prepared to continue pushing musical boundaries on his climb to rap’s upper echelon.