Weirdo’s actually been out for a couple of weeks, but it’s too intriguing to pass by. Young Hoodchiano, who announced on Twitter this week that he’s changing his name to simply Da Weirdo, is perhaps best explained as Chicago’s answer to Young Thug. (Given Atlanta’s growing influence on the sound of the city, the emergence of a character like this was bound to happen sooner or later.) Like Thug, his tone is initially jarring and emotionally open. He’s an experimental vocalist and self-proclaimed outcast who, like Thug, can actually rap his ass off. Hoodchiano’s voice is actually even odder than Thug’s; his delivery sounds like a drunken lullaby. Even so, his most compelling quality is his earnestness. He’s got things to say, and even when they approach preachiness (“Sex Drugs” is an unfortunate, sad-wasted-girl cautionary tale), his sincerity draws you in.
Highlights: “My Hood,” which sounds like a gritty nursery rhyme, and is the closest thing to a single on here. The beat for “Dirty Dancing,” the tape’s sexiest moment, which sounds like Noah “40″ Shebib being remixed by Shlohmo.
WTF: To be honest, this whole tape’s kind of WTF, but in the best way possible.