By Jack Barnes
With a huge following on SoundCloud, Chicago rapper Warhol.SS proves that new school rappers need not sacrifice emotion or lyrical depth when crafting absorbing and speaker-knocking bangers. Coming through with a sonically diverse and confident debut album, Warhol shares Chest Pains. Combining immersive trap-style beats and energetic ad-libs with an old-school sense of songwriting and slick lyricism, Chest Pains finds the 20-year-old Warhol.SS coming to his own, unifying his experimental ideas and his commercial ambitions. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
The title of the album refers to Warhol’s rough upbringing in Chicago, where he suffered body blows and roadblocks before reaching the stage where he could pursue music as a career. Warhol’s resilient upbringing shines through the music, as the young rapper exhibits the self-assured nature of somebody who has been through the ringer and came out on top: “Speakin’ of demons, I roll with a couple/Got 500 shooters, they ready to rumble/He buildin’ a empire, we make it crumble,” rhymes Warhol.SS on “War Ready,” premiered last week in XXL. Featuring appearances from Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Rico Nasty, UnoTheActivist, and Lil Duke, with production from the likes of Kenny Beats, Cashmoney AP, Harry Fraud, Leftbrain, and others, Chest Pains arrives via EMPIRE.
Born on Chicago’s East Side, Warhol.SS grew up in a music-loving family, with a mother who loved Erykah Badu and a father who loved MF DOOM. Inspired by his city’s famous “Class of 2012” drill rappers, Warhol started making music in high school, jumping headfirst into the game after graduation. In 2016, Warhol.SS shared the video for “Speed Racer,” directed by then-newcomer Cole Bennett, who posted the video on his YouTube channel, Lyrical Lemonade. A head-spinning video even by Bennett’s standards, the video shrunk Warhol down to the size of a model car as he floated through a psychedelic landscape, introducing the world to Warhol and racking up over 2.8 million views in the process. Since releasing “Speed Racer,” Warhol has been one of the most in-demand names of rap’s digital youth, collaborating with the likes of Trippie Redd, Rich The Kid, Ski Mask The Slump God, Famous Dex, ThouxbanFauni, and many more, dropping Warhol ’16 and Where’s Warhol, a pair of seven-track mixtapes, and building a reputation as an exceptional rhymer. With Chest Pains, Warhol seeks to turn his internet notoriety into IRL fame.
Chest Pains tracklist:
1. “Lifestyle” (Intro) (Prod. by DTB)
2. “Birds’ Nest” (Prod. by Kenny Beats)
3. “Harry Cash” (Prod. by Harry Fraud)
4. “War Ready” ft. UnoTheActivist (Prod. by Staccato)
5. “Margiela Kicks” (Prod. by Menoh)
6. “Switch Locations” (Prod. by YB Beats)
7. “Bonus” (Prod. by Leftbrain & Matt Dumas)
8. “Eddie Griffin”
9. “Keep Heat” ft. Rico Nasty (Prod. by Kenny Beats)
10. “Options” (Prod. by Rawbone)
11. “With Ease” (Prod. by Cashmoney AP)
12. “For What” ft. Drugrixh (Prod. by Leftbrain & Matt Dumas)
13. “Do What I Want” ft. Hoodrich Pablo Juan & Lil Duke (Prod. by Staccato)
14. “Red Night” (Prod. by Leftbrain & Matt Dumas)
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