Besides being an actor on the hit show “The Chi,” now in season two, guest blogger AJ Carr is also a lover of hip-hop. Check out what he had to say about three of his fave albums from Chi-town artists.
Joey Purp – QUARTERTHING
Joey Purp is hands down one of the most lyrically gifted artists out of Chicago right now. His album/mixtape iiiDrops showed his ability to be musically diverse and spit some crazy, metaphorical bars with powerful statements in them concerning changes that need to be made in the city, and the whole nation. His newest project, “QUARTERTHING” solidified his creative talents. Whether you’re a hip-hop head, or just enjoy the current generation’s music, everybody can rock with this album. I mean it features Cdot Honcho AND two hip-hop legends from the Wu, RZA and GZA. That’s the true definition of going KU! (Plus if you from the West Side, you’ll definitely appreciate Purp’s music)
Favorite Track: “Godbody” (feat. RZA) [Pt. 2]
Vic Mensa – HOOLIGANS
Personally, as somebody who really enjoyed his debut album “The Autobiography,” I was itching for a new Vic Mensa project. So when his 8-track EP HOOLIGANS finally dropped, I was geeked. Ya feel me? With touches of rock and R&B included in the project, he once again showed how diverse he is as an artist. With tracks like “Dark Things,” “Klonopin,” and “The 1 That Got Away/No Shoes” (feat. Charlie Wilson), he boldly challenges what the norm is in hip-hop, sonically and lyrically. I couldn’t decide what my favorite track was since it changes every day, but Rowdy is definitely a top pick. Every time it gets to the part when he say, “FIGHT ME THEN!” I feel like I got a tat that say “SOUTHSIDE” on my neck too. Plus Vic and Swervo on a song together…Come on now bro that’s too raw. (The SAVEMONEY Army in general been killin it by the way.)
Fave Track: “Dancing In The Streetz”
Saba – Care For Me
Now 2018 provided a lot of great albums. We got some heat from J. Cole, Meek Mill, Drake, and so on, but I would not be mad if someone said that Care For Me was the best one. In his sophomore album, Saba is even more open and relatable, especially if the listener has dealt with struggle and loss. He talks about issues that many Chicagoans can relate to. Aside from his powerful messages concerning mental health in Chicago’s Black community and his creative flow, THE PRODUCTION THOUGH!!! Joeeeeeee, it made me feel like I was in church or posted in front of the corner store on the West Side looking around and on a different planet at the same time. I was like, “Oh so you’re an artist artist.” Wowwww I’m BAFFLED big fella. Beautiful job. Onnnnnn bro.
Favorite Track: “LIFE” (even though I know it’ll probably change again).
By AJ Carr
AJ “Ajani” Carr is a 16-year-old SAG actor from the Showtime series “The Chi,” and NBC’s “Chicago PD.” He’s a professional speaker who did a TedTalk, and is currently on a Youth Empowerment Tour that he started through his non-profit organization “Building Bosses.” His non-profit helps to empower the youth by creating a forum where they can openly address the many issues that affect their communities every day, and suggest possible ways they can make a difference. Carr is also a published author. His children’s book, Ballardine, can be purchased on Amazon. In his spear time Carr creates music. His new single “Gotta Make It” is available on all platforms. Season two of “The Chi” is now airing on Showtime. Learn more about Carr by visiting his website at www.officialajcarr.com.