It's not a secret at this point that the scene around us is beginning to engulf the country at large. As one artist after the next ascends from the city we are left to sit back and simply wonder who the next Chance The Rapper or Vic Mensa or Mick Jenkins is, where they will come from. Something often lost in the conversation of our local hip-hop renaissance is the acts that came before the current new wave. Case in point is 23-year veteran of the game, Phenom, who was part of an earlier edition of Chicago rap music as part of the Kanye era, who he spent time with as a labelmate and contemporary. Phenom is also a close friend of Brother Mike, who was a catalyst for the development of much of the talent locally before passing away earlier this year and the namesake of Chance's weekly 'Open Mike' event in town. The lineage of a movement he had a hand in being a part of early on is now being realized and Phenom is here again to interact with those who came up under him.
Having established himself around Chicago as a pre-eminent MC and poet with a conscious tongue, Phenom has continued to release spot singles here and there but has waited two years to roll out a full-length project, that is until next month when he plans to release his project, I Didn't Come, I Was Sent. To jump off the promotion for the release, Phenom today releases his lead single, "All I Know (Crown)" produced by longtime collaborator 42 Keez. Here listeners get a decidedly turnt-up track from the seasoned vet who proves he can mold his brand of more thoughtful stylings to the sounds that are pervading the Internet today. 42 Keez provides a bass-heavy post-drill backing beat that keeps the energy up throughout. It's a breathless re-introduction to one of the more recognizable faces in the scene, check it out for yourself via Soundcloud and iTunes below. Catch Phenom on Friday (4/3) at the 7th Annual Youth Art Activism Fest "Use Your Words 2015" and Saturday (4/4) for his birthday and video shoot at 1944 S. Racine, further infos at the photo below.
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