“Prior to doing ‘Acid Rap’ I didn’t really know Chance,” recalls Saba, the producer and rapper who came up as part of Chicago’s Pivot Gang. “He was a fan of me and I was a fan of him. It was mutual respect… We was at the same open mics. He just text me one day, “Yo, tryin’ to get you on the album.’ To this day I don’t know where he got my number.” After losing his grandfather and his cousin Walt—known to rap fans as dinnerwithjohn—within a few weeks last year, Saba poured all of his pain into an intensely personal album called ‘Care For Me,’ which dropped earlier this month. “I feel like music is therapy—not even just making it but to listen back to it,” Saba said during a recent visit to MASS APPEAL HQ. “A lot of things are constantly on my mind—I try real hard to think of something else. Losing people close to you, it’s hard. That’s why so many people are running to drugs. Look at what’s going on around us.” Do not sleep on the latest episode of Open Space.
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