Filipino rapper Ano Ba is one of the most exciting young talents to emerge from the Chicago hip-hop scene over the past couple of years.
Since debuting in 2016, he has been creating a refining a sound that is true to his Chicago roots while also expanding and evolving as a musician.
After the May 2017 release of his 4-track EP, Mayari, Ano Ba has been releasing loose singles with unconventional flows and a more lighthearted feel. His latest cut, "logan squares," is his most experimental yet, with a Cowboy Bebop (a popular anime series released in the late '90s) sample and a flow inspired by mumble rappers.
"logan squares" is also Ano Ba's first release with him handling production duties, along with co-production and mixing by his longtime collaborator KC.
Before premiering the new single with OK-THO, he gave us some quick insights about the song and his forthcoming projects.
OK-THO: The new single, “logan squares,” is a big change from your previous work. What more can you tell us about the new track?
OK-THO: The new track samples a song from Cowboy Bebop, and you've referenced anime in your older music as well. How influential is anime to you and your music? What are some of your favorites?
OK-THO: How do you feel about your place within the Chicago hip-hop scene at the moment?
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