When The Life of Pablo came out and Kanye announced that it would only be available on Tidal, Jay-Z’s music streaming site, I was less than thrilled. After the frustration had subsided, I, like many others, reluctantly subscribed to the Spotify alternative and jammed to Kanye’s album on repeat for 3+ weeks.
Once I had successfully made The Life of Pablo completely unlistenable for myself I began to explore other options including a playlist called “Rappers Under 25 We’re Listening To.” I listened to the playlist a few times while driving and kept catching myself grooving to an eclectic tune featuring hints of soul, R&B, hip-hop and a raspy voice that could only come from 40 years of smoking cigarettes.
This old, raspy voice was that of 18 year old Madison, WI native Trapo and the song, “Chicago,” an upbeat yet dark song that captures the raw emotion of an out-of-town fling while connecting you with the young Wisconsin native in a way that leaves you wanting more.
Ever since, I’ve been hooked on this talented kid that is gaining notoriety by the day. His most recent single, “Beg” features Skizzy Mars and stays true to the low key, thoughtful style that has many, including myself wondering how this dude isn’t more famous.