At a Saba show, when vibrations boom and sharp–witted verses start to permeate the crowd, you better have your hands upand mind in full focus. Taj Chandler, better known as Saba, the 20–year– old rapper and producer from Chicago’s West Side, joins the city’s new wave of bubbling talent with an aggressive delivery and unmistakable production.
Born to a family of musical talent, Saba grew upto the sounds of soul, R&B, and jazz thanks to his father Chandler, a neo–soul singer in his own right. At the ageof seven he began to play piano and soon after began experimenting with his sound onbeat making software. However, it wasn’t until the young Chandler first heard the iconic Bone Thugs–n–Harmony that he found his true musical niche and emcee calling, “Hands down my biggest influence was Bone Thugs–n– Harmony. They’re the ones who actually made me like rap and want todo it,” he says. Atage16, Saba joined the open mikes atYouthMedia Center andYoung Chicago Authors, which he credits with giving him the confidence and charisma to perform onstage. With all these tools in his arsenal, Saba has developed a career sound with appeal that spans from the staunchest old–school hip hop heads to a new generation of rap fans.
Saba dropped his first full–length project, GETCOMFORTable, in December 2012, featuring production from Thelonius Martin, DJ Such N Such, and the rising spitter himself. Soothing, serene, and soaring, the mixtape reflects a coming ofage and showcases a catalogue of young Chicago talents who join Saba’s plight in trying to assimilate into the complex and often intimidating world of today.