SAVEMONEY‘s Towkio has announced his newest project and it’s just around the corner. Releasing next month, on July 7th, Towkio will drop his EP, Community Service 2, a follow up to his 2013 Community Service EP. The EP will feature his Savemoney brothers, including Vic Mensa and Joey Purp, and will be laced with production from Peter Cottontale, Smoko Ono, Mr. Carmack and more. The project was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Malibu residence “Shangri-La”, and is Towkio’s first new project his .Wav Theory mixtape.
SAVEMONEY rapper and Chicago’s own, Towkio, surprised many with his awesome 2015 project, .Wav Theory, but the emerging rapper is already on to the next one as he recruited his friend and long-time collaborator Vic Mensa for his new record, ‘G W M’. Short for “gang with me”, ‘G W M’ isn’t a gang banging street record, rather it’s a fun Mr. Carmack and Kenny Segal produced track where Towkio raps about his whole squad, which as many know includes Vic, Chance The Rapper and many more. SAVEMONEY isn’t your average rap collective, and Towkio’s new track definitely helps show that.
Milwaukee was in for a treat Friday night, as Chicago’s Chance The Rapper was just 90 miles north of home for the sixth date of his Family Matters Tour. With supporting sets from Save Money‘s Towkio, ‘Cha Cha’ singer/rapper D.R.A.M. and mega producer Metro Boomin, the ATL genius most recently known for his work on Drake and Future’s collaborative project, What A Time To Be Alive, Chance’s Milwaukee fans definitely left with their money’s worth after the sold out show.
While The Rave, the venue for tonight’s performance, was host to several different venues and concerts within the building Friday evening, Chance’s fans were the ones to show up in numbers. Competing with headlining concerts from Owl City and Seven Lions, Wisconsin Avenue was met with waves of Acid Rap tees and Social Experiment gear. And those smart enough to get there early definitely were rewarded, as Towkio performed an energetic 25-minute set, showcasing some of his best tracks from his 2015 LP .wav Theory. Towkio’s set was followed by Virginia artist, D.R.A.M., and while he may not be on your radar yet (although he should be), you have certainly heard Drake’s remix of his record ‘Cha Cha’, with the 6 God’s chart topping ‘Hotline Bling’.
Then to warm up the crowd for the main event, Metro Boomin gave a wild 40-minute DJ set, full of some of his biggest tracks. After his set, Milwaukee wanted more and more they received. Giving no less to his sister city of Milwaukee than he gave recently at his acclaimed performances at Austin City Limits and Pitchfork, Chance blew the sold out crowd away. With energetic performances of his biggest records, including a number of tracks from Acid Rap, as well as a variety of other records, fans could have cared less that the world is still patiently awaiting Chance’s next solo project. For Chance’s 90 minutes on stage, the energy and vibes during his performance could not have been rivaled by any other stage at The Rave, nor any other venue. This marks the 7th time I have seen Chance perform live, six of those with setlist’s dominated by Acid Rap, but I’d see him again tomorrow if I could.
Check out our photos below and be sure to visit ChanceRaps.com to see if Chance is coming to a city near your before the tour concludes in Los Angeles on November 25th.
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Playing second fiddle is not a foreign concept to Chicago-artist Towkio. Being one of the afterthought members of the SaveMoney collective, his artistic sightlines have often been obstructed by the success of those in front of him. After a wave of intriguing, bouncy and melodic singles, Towkio seeks to step ahead of the shadows of his peers by carving out his own identity with his latest release, .Wav Theory.
Being in a poppin’ clique has it’s perks, of course, and it shows when the likes of Vic Mensa, Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet, Joey Purp, and the Leather Corduroys assemble on your project to help out. With collaboration after collaboration, Towkio does an excellent job of maintaining his own twists on his guests’ brands and content, with his own funky production and charisma. The bright and shining single “Heaven Only Knows” featuring some spirited bars from Chance is exciting and bubbly, as the verses build and build towards a joyful, choir-propelled chorus. Not only does the beat alone warrant smiles and reckless jukes, but the verses from both men involved are sharp and exciting. Towkio is as poised and even ignorant as ever, with lines like “My girl trippin’, say I treat her like a groupie/But I never took a groupie out to eat”, while Chance responds with a more enlightening perspective, describing his ambition to start non-profit organizations and his father being proud of him among other things. Aww.
“Involved” is a different vibe altogether, a smooth-slapper that skips along with more clever raps and a modern, chill-wave influence. Vic Mensa shows up to croon and introduce the anthemic refrain towards the end of the song. “Free Your Mind” is more of a retro groove, equipped with a groove-guitar riff and Donnie Trumpet’s signature horn spurts on the chorus. We could do without the lacklustre use of the vocoder, but what sticks out even more is the uninspired content. The truth is, as groovy and vibe-y as this project is, it makes for wasy listening but glides by without Towkio really saying anything. The production might be fresh and entertaining, but whenever you tune into Towkio’s lyrical ability, if you’re looking for anything past tweet-able punchlines and infectious choruses, you’ll be less than thrilled.
With that being said, there are still a few moments on .Wav Theory where Towkio comes across at least a little inspired. “Reflection” offers an emotional performance describing a cocaine addiction, playing on the fact that cocaine use in the bathroom often involves seeing your own reflection, suggesting a cold reminder and a wake up call of sorts. It might not be the most original idea for a track, but it’s still heartfelt and poignant. The intro, “.Wav Theory” is wrapped in a similar duality, with a schizophrenic, moody, downtempo beat and poetic lyrics delivered with layered vocals that grow and expand as it swells on. In terms of song-structure, it’s probably the most unconventional and impressive on the project.
Still, lyrics continue to entertain at some points on the project even without Towkio. The Leather Corduroys assisted “God In Me” might have a terribly underwhelming chorus, but the guest verses on this cut through with finesse and the delivery is extra sour. Chance’s minimal vocal contribution on “Clean Up” is still effective, as his charismatic ad-libs and lively views on turning up always entertain.
.Wav Theory is a solid project, from front to back. Nothing about it is terrible, but nothing about it is very profound or refreshing either. The production is entertaining and anthemic, the choruses are huge, and the guest verses are consistently great, but Towkio on his own offers little insight to his character away from the SaveMoney brand, and doesn’t do enough to set him apart from the greatly talented guys around him. It’s definitely not the “hottest tape of 2015” like Chance the Rapper envisioned on the single, but it’s fresh enough to keep us interested.
These are the highlights of this past week in music! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings, and to stay up-to-date on today’s music.
This week we have new music from Milwaukee’s WebsterX, a Stefan Ponce (‘3005’) produced and Chance The Rapper featured track on Towkio’s new .Wav Theory, and a surprise Earl Sweatshirt EP/song. Get started at the jump below to check out our favorite records of the past week.
SAVEMONEY rapper Towkio’s .Wav Theory project is finally here! .Wav Theory is a great introduction to Towkio for new fans of the Chicago rapper, and the mixtape has features from Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Leather Corduroys and more. The project also has production from Kaytranda, Stefan Ponce, and The Social Exeperiment, so you will not want to sleep on this one!
Listen to the entire project below and check the official video for .Wav Theory’s title track.
The Mad Decent Block Party has announced its 2015 lineup of artists and its stacked! Music’s biggest block party kicks off July 31st in Atlanta and hits stops in New York, Los Angeles, Canada and more until its final stop in Chicago on September 26th. Mad Decent‘s 2015 artists include Jack U (Diplo and Skrillex), Major Lazer, Tyler the Creator, Vic Mensa, Towkio, Cashmere Cat, T-Pain, Zeds Dead, iLoveMakonnen and many more! You can get your tickets and check out market specific lineups at MadDecentBlockParty.com.
Check out the 2015 Mad Decent Block Party lineup and dates/locations below!
Listen as Chicago rapper Towkio recruits fellow SAVEMONEY rapper, Chance the Rapper, for Towkio’s new track ‘Heaven Only Knows’. The song, which also features Lido and Eryn Allen Kane, is another new track from Towkio’s forthcoming .Wav Theory mixtape. Dropping April 28th, .Wav Theory is set to feature production from Peter Cottontail and Kaytranada, and guest vocals from Chance, Vic Mensa, Donnie Trumpet and more.
Last month Chicago rapper Towkio released his collaboration with his SAVEMONEY affiliate Vic Mensa on his song ‘Involved’ and his Social Experiment collaboration ‘Free Your Mind’, in anticipation of his forthcoming .wav Theory project. Today we have the official video for ‘Free Your Mind’. Check out the new music video below, which was directed by Peter Collins Campbell and co-directed by Towkio himself.