It’s been less than two months since rising Hyde Park emcee Alex Wiley dropped his excellent sophomore mixtape, Village Party, and that’s apparently long enough for him to restoke the hype machine.
Enter “Future Guns,” the 21-year-old’s latest cut and first collaboration with East Coast producer Statik Selektah. Premiered yesterday via a lucky fan’s Twitter account (Wiley took to the platform for cold pitches an hour before), “Future Guns” will appear on an EP of bonus meterial from Selektah’s upcoming What Goes Around LP, out August 19 on Duck Down Music.
That “Future Guns” has racked up more than 11,000 plays in 24 hours is a testament to its infinite loopability. The thing is short, sweet, and positively infectious, carried by little more than a linear saxophone, some lazily shuffled drums, and Wiley’s stock raspy drawl. If “Future Guns” is any indication of what’s to come from Wiley—who’s signed to Closed Sessions, the Humboldt Park label that helped break Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa—he may very well be Chicago’s next major export.
You can stream “Future Guns” below, and catch Alex Wiley next month at Cobra Lounge and North Coast Music Festival.