#ICMMI: Saba Live @ The Crocodile
May 8, 2018
By Jason Murray
I wanted to see Chicago MC Saba, who’s been touring much of 2018 with members of his family, because of his grassroots evolution into music industry and overall positivity. When I caught his set back in May it featured his cousin Jean Deaux and brother Joseph Chilliams as openers.
Stylistically, Saba wears his home town proudly on his sleeves, with his 2018 album Care For Me sounding like it would fit well on a playlist with fellow windy city rappers Mick Jenkins, Common, and Chance the Rapper.
This show was very cohesive in its sound and subject matter. This is music with a purpose. That idea is really the backbone of Saba’s discography and point of view. He is not afraid to speak his mind on stage. He even took a moment to remember that the last time he was in Seattle he sold out the Vera Project and appreciated the fact that he was able to sell out the Crocodile this time around.
The sold-out crowd was high energy throughout, even with Saba slowed it down for a bit. From teenagers to adults, everyone seemed to know every word.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the evening.