Thursday 4 July 2019
One of the best new stylists in Chicago rap

The Chicago-based hip-hop collective SaveMoney is synonymous with names like Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Saba. And Joey Purp, of course. The 25-year-old rapper and co-founder of SaveMoney blew houses down with his mixtape iiiDrops (2016) which offered intense portraits of life on the streets in Chicago and humorous stories about sex, drugs and ladies and some social criticism. Purp’s energetic rap in the hotchpotch of beats sounded like much more than just a mixtape. Maybe you have heard the hit “Girls @” featuring Chance the Rapper?

Fast forward to 2018. QUARTERTHING, his self-released debut album, is a release to cut your teeth on, a bar-fest stacked upon enamel-busting bass lines and rumbling experimentation. Several critics have called it a worthy successor to iiiDrops. Purp is all about rawness; he's an enthusiastic realist whose songs function as blunt bangers that are always fighting for essentiality (and they often succeed!).

The debut album doesn’t fail to amaze with its variety of production styles and the general versatility of its main star, from triumphant boom-bap to lazy trap flows.

Joey Purp puts on an entertaining live show. He performs with urgency and enthusiasm, delivering rapid-fire cleverness over excellent productions, and he has won over many new audiences when performing at festivals around the world.

Joey Purp has proven that he is more than just a rapper to watch from the underground Chicago scene. He has been thrust him higher into acclaim and notoriety. The world is just opening up for him. Come catch this excellent rapper on the rise when he visits Roskilde Festival 2019.