Last night on The Late Show, Chance the Rapper debuted a new solo track, "Angels." Despite earlier rumors, Chano was joined not by Stephen Colbert but by the very smiley Saba. Regular readers of The FADER might already be well acquainted with the nimble-tongued Westside Chicago rapper, but for those who are less familiar, here is what you really need to know.
Chance and Saba met at open mic nights when they were teenagers.
Like so many of Chance's collaborators, Chance and Saba came to know each other through Chicago's rich open mic scene. They spent countless after-school hours honing their tongues, and it was a surprised to nobody when one by one their friends started to pop. "When Chance started blowing up a few years ago, none of us were surprised," he told The FADER during a recent visit. "When Vic Mensa did what he did, none of us were surprised. I'm doing what I'm doing, nobody's surprised. We all knew that shit would happen."
Saba was a featured guest on Acid Rap.
Saba's first big look was his turn on "Everybody's Something," a track off Chance's 2013 breakout mixtape Acid Rap.
Saba has more on the way.
SpareChange is Saba's last project of the year, but he has a new video near on the horizon and he has promised more music in the new year. Till then, you can revisit more of his past work on his SoundCloud.