This week on ANFWMC, all eyes are on Save Money Militia, Chicago-based super-collective comprised of Chance The Rapper, Nico Segal, Vic Mensa, Caleb James, and a multitude of others. They’ve been rapidly rising since last year, and already landed a spot at SXSW earlier this year. As you probably know, Chance The Rapper has been receiving quite the internet buzz for a while now, but 2013 has definitely been his year. With the release of his sophomore mixtape, “Acid Rap,” the 20-year-old Chicago native has already established himself in the hip-hop world as someone who defies the genre. The same can be said for Save Money’s numerous other members, who all utilize their own diverse talents while contributing to the crew as a whole. Aside from the numerous accolades “Acid Rap” has received (and the ~bootleg~ spot on Billboard), Chance already boasts an XXL Freshman nomination, a Lolla performance, and collabs with artists like Ab-Soul, Childish Gambino, Weezy, and Action Bronson.
Straight outta Hyde Park, 20-year-old Vic Mensa’s charisma compliments his insane yet effortless flow. Having already worked with Alex Wiley, Chuck Inglish, Lili K, & Chicago’s own Rockie Fresh, Vic is on the road to a flourishing career. The future’s looking exceptionally promising due to the acclaim he’s received for his recent YT videos. The former Kids These Days member drops his new project, “INNANETAPE,” on 9/30, already having released 3 singles with corresponding videos. Here’s a taste: To add to Save Money’s array of talent, we have Nico Segal, also a KTD alumnus. The trumpeter/vocalist/spitter released his latest EP, “Donnie Trumpet,” in June (the same day he started touring with Frank Ocean, nbd). V impressive to say the least.
Just like Nico, Caleb James is versatile a’f. His latest mixtape, “The Jones,” features smooth-ass 90s samples with a fresh twist. Rapping, singing, and producing, he’s a one-man powerhouse layering multiple styles. His twerk-worthy “6 AM” vid dropped last week, directed by Brandon “N2ition” Riley.
Lyrical masterminds Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp both have solo projects, but have recently joined forces to form Leather Corduroys. Barzonbarzonbarz.
Like Vic Mensa, Save Money member Tokyo Shawn also has a tape on the way. It’s called “Wave Theory,” & will be released under the French label White Colours. Formerly known as Preston San, Tokyo has already gained notice from MTV (rightfully so), and recently worked with Parisian nu-disco producer French Kiwi Juice. Check the visuals.
I must admit though, my favorite SaveMoolah tracks are born when the guys come together & make magics u kno?
Everyone affiliated with Save Money brings something unique to the table. Several music blogs have written about the apparent hip-hop renaissance occurring in Chicago– creative younginz expressing themselves while not giving a damn who doesn’t like it. Save Money Militia is undoubtedly putting The Chi back on the map.
I don’t mean to snub any Save Money members that aren’t showcased in this feature, but there are so many of yous guize that I may have missed someone. I apologize in advance 🙁 **Shouts out to Sterling Hayes, 3beats, Austin Vesely, K-rock, Eli, B-real, and TRAP MUSIC GARAGE**