Alex Wiley, a Chicago-based rapper who has been gaining a loyal following of late, dropped two new songs: “Visions” and “Hands Clean.” This new material comes after a long hiatus, his last major project coming last January when he gifted us with the Village Party 3 mixtape. His new material, however, is worth the wait: solid, muscular and purposeful, it’s a wonder that we haven’t heard more from Wiley in what has been a very strong year for rap music in general.
The production by Mike Gao is the real reason to write home about this track, because it is on point. It’s got that gritty as hell Chi-town vibe but also shows some signs of real finesse, with the high keyboard-sounding accents giving the song a very polished feel while still sounding raw. It’s a very tricky balance to pull off, a small target that has escaped even the likes of NAV and other big names from time to time. The sonic landscape that the production builds is very in tune with the city and its feeling of having a chip on its shoulder.
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