alex wiley

Fresh off his comical collaboration with Michael Christmas, Alex Wiley returns with his new solo single, and it’s easily one of the best releases from Chicago in 2014 so far.

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“Own Man” is a classic back-then-heauxs-didn’t-want-me-now-I’m-hot-they-all-on-me-type record (word to Mike Jones) with Alex and fellow Chi Town native Mick Jenkins both lamenting on their circumstances (“Please don’t never think it’s sweet just ’cause a n***a got a fucking cosign,” Mick spits with vigor). Both verses are pretty bleak, but what’s great about the song is how it oscillates between melancholy and euphoria; the combination of Alex’s triumphant hook (“Got a head full of mischief and a car full of heauxs!”) and Odd Couple’s production feels like your soul ascending to Heaven’s pearly gates.

Melody, flow and rhymes that carry an emotional connection; this Alex kid has got a pretty complete package. Stay tuned for his new mixtape, Village Party, coming soon via Closed Sessions.

Alex Wiley Tour Dates:

Feb 28 — What’s Up Lounge (Minneapolis, MN)
Mar 2 — Vaudeville (Des Moines, IA)
Mar 7 — Rock Island Bar (Wichita, KS)
Mar 13 — Nice Kicks Showcase (Austin, Texas)
Mar 13 — AAEMP Records Showcase (Austin, Texas)
Mar 14 — HipHop Supreme Sound Stage SXSW Esther’s Follies (ATX)
Mar 15 — Venue:- 512 Bar- Official SXSW Showcase
Mar 22 — Nester Lounge (Fargo, ND)
Mar 27 — Club Red (Phoenix, AZ)
Mar 28 — Los Globos 19+ (Los Angeles, CA)
Apr 11 — Domino Room (Bend, OR)
Apr 13 — El Corazon (Seattle, WA)

Related: New Music: Michael Christmas Feat. Alex Wiley “Step Brothers”