Chicago runs the gambit when it comes to hip-hop; the Windy City is home artists like Common, Lupe, NO.I.D—often considered to be one of the godfathers of alternative hip-hip—and more contemporary ‘drill’ acts like Platinum selling artist Chief Keef and Durk. Southside resident Stro sits comfortably in the middle of the spectrum, flexing a lyrical approach and a contemporary vibe that favors the city’s trademark baselines amidst deep, gospel/jazzy undertones.
“My mission is to manifest the life I see for myself in my mind,” Stro tells AAHH. “The goal is to influence people while fucking the bank aggressively. When I’m on top [they] gon point at the tv and say ‘I went to school wit him.'”
His new project, the eight-song Dark Melody, is a great intro to what Stro is bringing to the table, with a great ear for beats and impressive wordplay. Give it a spin—and if you’re into supporting good music, grab it from your fave music service.