S-Preme is always one of my go-to answers whenever anyone asks the question, what Chicago rapper deserves more shine? (or what emcee from Chicago are you listening to? or any question to that liking.) It's been a long hiatus for new music from S-Preme, but today, his 28th birthday, marks his return.
The aptly titled "28" is produced by Mr. Music and the first preview of a new album on the way called Goodbye Tomorrow: A Journey Through The Mind of a Non-Believer that S-Preme will be releasing this fall (executive produced by Mr. Music). Simply put, this is a sign of the next level sound both artists have been striving toward since we first heard their music since, well, we practically first began the site about five years ago. A sound that's truly theirs and truly different than what's out.
"28, that's when Basquiat died..." is how 'Preme begins it after a menacing production from Music sets the tone. S-Preme mixes a flurry of double meanings and clever references (including one of my favorite D. Rose ones of all) with analytical rhymes of his place in the game and as a person at age 28. Also keep a close ear to the subtleties in the production by Mr. Music as he samples some familiar iconic ad-libs, opera singing, and Kanye's "Runaway" (all being on point) on top of the amazing breakdown at the end.
And finally, get this: S-Preme and Mr. Music made this song today. Plus, I feel like it's as dope as an appetizer as can be of what else is to come on Goodbye Tomorrow. Maks G and I have heard some previews at their studio and can't wait for you guys to hear it as well. While we wait, "28" will definitely hold down a spot in the rotation. I feel like I could go more about this song, but at last, I think it's time you just press play and see if you'll add it to your rotation too.
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