Please Have A Seat – [NNAMDï]

The talent pool here in Chicago is constantly growing, transforming, and getting more diverse as the days go by, but one person who has been consistently pushing the envelope for years is NNAMDï. He has always possessed a special gift, and while I took his music for granted for much longer than I ever should have, I realized exactly how incredible he is as a musician as he began to release singles from his project Please Have A Seat. Not only did he self-produce everything from what I remember, but he showed off such a unique range in a way that is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and I’m talking even further than the confines of the Windy City.

His visuals were equally as enticing thanks to the handful of exceptional directors he teamed up with, but what really captured my attention more than anything was his ability to include personal recollections and impactful moments that occurred throughout his life, even if they weren’t always the most glorious or positive incidences. This was a narrative that I was fascinated by, so I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the album to drop on October 7th.

Since it was released, I wanted to give it time to sit and reminisce with me so I didn’t jump into it blindly, and after listening to it on multiple occasions, I can truly say that it blew me away more than any of the expectations I originally had could’ve ever lived up to. The first thing I noticed was the fact that not a single instrumental is a “normal” beat as off-the-wall synths and intricate percussion seem to decorate each track remarkably well, giving me a Flying Lotus-inspired feel that is always a mind-blowing style to behold.

After getting over my obsession with the production, though, NNAMDï’s lyricism is truly game-changing as he demonstrates his nimble abilities in a variety of ways. Sometimes rapping hastily while other moments singing angelically, there isn’t a single predictable moment on this album, and that’s what makes it so damn tantalizing. In the same breath, his naturally whimsical, almost lamenting voice provides an unalterable distinctness that no one else could come close to touching, and that’s one of the main reasons why I feel like NNAMDï is as individualistic of an artist as I could ever imagine.

Although NNAMDï has never seemed to conform to what others think sounds good or works in a traditional sense, Please Have A Seat blows any preconceived notions you might’ve had about the Chicago emcee out of the water. Whether you’re from this amazing city or not, this is an album that you need to listen to if you want to witness magic come to life, and I don’t say this lightly whatsoever.