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Chicago MC Alex Wiley Is a Rapper You Need to Know

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As Chicago continues to churn out talented young rappers like Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Chief Keef and Lil Durk, it's becoming clear that the latest Windy City MC to take note of is 21-year-old Alex Wiley. The South Side native who grew up in the Obamas' 'hood, Hyde Park, released his debut mixtape, Club Wiley, last summer and has since followed up with the well-received, Village Party, out now via Closed Sessions. Many tracks on both mixtapes show off Wiley's urgent, rhythmic flow over hazy, psychedelic productions, indications that the young rapper's style and tastes are more in line with that of Chance the Rapper or Vic Mensa -- both of whom he's collaborated with -- rather than the more aggressive, 808-heavy sounds coming out of his city's drill scene.

Today we're psyched to premiere the video for Wiley's Village Party track, "Takeoff," featuring fellow Chicago rapper Kembe X and produced by Hippie Sabotage. Fittingly, the clip is just as wavy as the song, with soaring shots of a craggy, mountain landscape and psychedelic clips of the rapper wearing a bucket hat and flying over Chicago and, later, the entire galaxy. Take a look at the Wiley's video, below, and for those in Chi City tomorrow, head over to Thalia Hall to catch a free show from the rapper as part of the city's Chicago Made Fall Music Showcase -- deets HERE.


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