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Saba is hours away from dropping his Bucket List Project, but he’s just unveiled one more teaser in anticipation. Longtime fans of the rising Chicago rapper will find this latest track particularly exciting, as it finishes the “Westside Bound” trilogy he last touched upon on his 2014 mixtape ComfortZone.
As Saba told Zane Lowe on Beats 1, he almost gave up on the idea of writing a “Westside Bound 3” until he found himself teaching a journalism at Chicago’s YCA. There, he met a group of students from the city’s Westside who told him how inspired they were by the first two “Westside Bound” entries. “Having somebody from the Westside really just speak to them,” explained the MC. “Right after that, I went home and just was like, ‘Ah, I gotta make ‘Westside 3’ now.'”
So he did. Over a woozy, minimalist beat, Saba pays homage to “the part of the city that they don’t be talking about.” Joining him on the track is his brother and Pivot Gang founder Joseph Chilliams. Check it out below via Apple Music.