RAMBO – [Woes]

I never have to look very far or dig very deep at all when looking at the music industry that was formed decades ago here in Chicago, and while it makes my job that much easier, it also can make it difficult to decide what I want to write about next. One of the more local artists that I heard about recently is Woes, a 26-year-old emcee from the city who has definitely been making waves but considering this movement has been thanks to mostly singles at this point, I think it is time that he drops a new project soon.

Luckily, this is the case, and although his work has been predominantly on his own with the exception of a few guest verses over the years including an insane contribution from Ric Wilson on his record “School Zone” which dropped last year, he seems to fair just fine without too much assistance from anyone else. Although he’s new to my radar, Woes thoroughly impressed me with his latest release “RAMBO” which was produced by Goodboy, and it turns out that this record is expected to be featured on his upcoming EP DON’T BLINK which is set to release on July 8th, so I am definitely excited to hear what else he has in store for us.

The instrumental in this one is minimalistic but utilizes a super pliable, effervescent melody that is truly captivating, proving to be the best possible beat selection for Woes after hearing the destruction he causes behind the mic. There is this gritty ruthlessness behind his delivery that shows off his hard-nosed personality, but the creativity he incorporates into this track is definitely not something that should go overlooked.

I say this because there are countless bars that seem to show off his inventive lyricism and complex double entendres which seem to double, triple, and even quadruple down on narratives in the most intriguing way possible, never leaving a page unturned or a simile on the table. Woes definitely caught my attention in a huge way with “RAMBO”, so I am looking forward to his upcoming EP to see what else he has up his sleeve. If it’s anything like this single, though, or even the well-shot visual directed by Robert Salazar for that matter, there is no doubt in my mind that it is going to prove to be a tremendous game-changer in the Chicagoan’s career.