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From Kanye West to Common, there’s no doubt Chicago’s rap scene has a devoted fanbase of aspiring musicians, much like Ric Wilson. The Chicago-born artist, realizing the impact his voice can make in today’s rap culture, enrolled in Young Chicago Authors — the same creative writing program that Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper were in. By learning how to convert his experiences into creative writing pieces, Wilson was able to find his voice both in and out of the studio.

Wilson’s latest release, BANBA, showcases his ability to adapt components of jazz while still staying true to his background in rap music. Single “Sinner” features trending noisemakers Kweku Collins, Nick Kosma & Rane Raps. The track conveys a powerful message of his uphill battle towards self-improvement and trying to be the best he can be — a storyline many can relate to.

His unique approach in finding what works for his style lands him on the radar of artists to watch out for. In an exclusive interview, Wilson said he caught himself “trying to explain music in a different light than what it really was, because [he] was scared of other people’s perceptions.”

After finally finding his niche, It’s safe to say his new sound appeals to both himself and his devoted fan base.

Stream his latest EP below.