Album art for Khalid’s “American Teen”

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Saba

A frequent collaborator with Chance the Rapper, Saba also hails from Chicago and specializes in hip hop music with a dab of soul and R&B to top it off. Saba first came to prominence when he was featured on Chance’s single “Angels,” and since his guest verse, his solo aspirations have propelled him to the front of the music scene in Chicago. Saba’s debut studio album, “Bucket List Project,” is packed with clever rhymes and a style that is unforgettable. “Stoney” is a calm track with a relaxed beat, contrasted heavily with “Westside Bound 3,” in which it seems he rarely takes a breath in between lines. “Bucket List Project” is an album of hopes and dreams, and it is the beginning of Saba’s long career in hip hop.

Khalid

The 19-year-old artist from Texas burst onto the music scene seemingly out of nowhere with his hit single “Location” and promptly dropped his debut studio album “American Teen.” The tape addresses his experience of growing up as Khalid sings about graduating from high school, getting out of Texas and flirting. The first song of the album fittingly begins with an alarm clock and the lyrics, “Living the life full of goodbyes / My eyes are on the grey skies / Saying I don’t want to come home tonight.” It is Khalid’s youth and energy that have made him so popular, and his future is brighter than ever.

Kevin Pollack

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