When: Fri., May 6, 8 p.m. 2016
In 2014 Crain’s Chicago Business published a piece on the rebound of Oak Street, also known as “Chicago’s Rodeo Drive,” the strip of luxury stores in a section of Gold Coast close enough to Lake Michigan that the smell of sand might waft into its eastern border. The place represents the kind of extravagance that I do not care for—the level of splendor is so extreme it feels alien to me—but on “Oak Street Anthem” Chicago rapper and Treated Crew member Saint Millie projects his dreams onto those pristine sidewalks. His tender, half-sung vocals allow me to see a part of this city in a new light, and that’s a rewarding effect I yearn to experience in music. “Oak Street Anthem” kicks off the new Adderall, on which Saint Millie’s earnest, affable personality provides the connective tissue that binds the mixtape’s solemn synth instrumentals to its turn-up tracks to its nouveau, minimal dance collage, built by former Chicagoan Brenmar. Saint Millie coats his voice in varying layers of Auto-Tune and pulls in a hit squad of Chicago rappers (Sir Michael Rocks, Mano, Logan, Sicko Mobb), but some of the most magnetic moments on Adderall are when he lays it bare.
Price: $20, $10 in advance