by Rene Cobar
photo by Dam Dam
It’s a dark place inside the mind of Chicago’s alternative hip-hop star Saba. Among his sometimes disjointed beats, within his picturesque music videos and deep inside his lyrics, you will find a young man full of angst and hard truths. The rapper gifts audiences all too real performances that touch upon hot topics like religion, social justice, and racial oppression. Much like a tragic play, the graveness is tucked into the performance which, when referring to Saba, is quite electric. The rapper is flying high with last year’s Care for Me amassing critical acclaim, and now he presents himself at one of the largest music festivals in the world. His lyrics are fierce and his well fleshed-out style of production is what is shifting the tectonic plates of hip-hop’s world today. Fans of the rapper should be thrilled to see him reach this level, and the rest of the festivalgoers should be preparing themselves for sparks.