Somebody has said that Chicago is taking over hip hop and at this rate you can’t help but agree. The Commons and Kanye Wests paved the way for the Chance the Rappers and Vic Mensas. And having tasted global success, Chance is paving way for the Sabas and the Supa Bwes. Not that Supa Bwe is a wide-eyed newbie; he’s been making music for the past 10 years, establishing a solid presence in his hometown. However, the ‘Dead Again 3‘ mixtape he released this summer marked a huge milestone in the 26 year-old’s career. If you’ve listened to it you will have been impressed by the diversity Supa Bwe brings to game; not only does he rhyme, but the singing he does in the course of the 12 songs ranges from R&B-type serenading to moody rock n roll moaning. The list of guest features on the project also catches the eye; Twista, Mick Jenkins and Chance the Rapper.
Most of Dead Again seems to reflect the moodiness of the self-produced ‘I Live in a F**king Hole’. ‘Fool Wit It Freestyle’ provides a welcome reprieve from the gloom with its energetic drum beat and sunny guitar chords. Chano’s flighty bars, delivered in an almost jocular voice, complement the positive vibe of the track. They mesh perfectly with Supa Bwe’s melodious verse, making for three minutes of pure audio bliss. The animated video for the song reflects the upbeat mood of the tune just as well. Created by Abel Gray, it follows a miniature Chance as he walks through a forest of flowers on a bright summer day. By contrast, the cartoon Supa Bwe is a giant towering over the clouds.
Miami Based, Internationally Known