20. Towkio: ".wav theory"
Coming up in the shadow of Vic Mensa in Chicago’s SAVEMONEY crew, Towkio really broke out with the electronic-influenced .wav theory tape. He enlisted help from Chicago friends Chance The Rapper, Vic, Donnie Trumpet, Leather Corduroys, and Montreal production wiz Kaytranada, but still managed to keep things very unique with his blunted delivery and varied palette of sounds. It was, for the most part, a fun ride, but Towkio showed us that there’s more going on behind his seemingly-eternal smile, battling weighty themes on “Addicted. ” Especially on the Chance and Donnie-assisted “Heaven Only Knows,” a skillful rewrite of a John Legend gem, he epitomized the effortlessness with which the new class of young Chicago artists blend genres as disparate as soul and footwork.