Tahj Malik Chandler, better known by his stage name Saba, shared two new songs Thursday, the rapper’s first new material under his own moniker since 2018.
“Something in the Water” features the rapper Denzel Curry and is produced by Nascent, Nahum and daedaePIVOT, while “Mrs. Whoever” is produced by Saba himself.
After the release of his album Care for Me in 2018, the rapper also released a few singles like “Stay Right Here” and “Papaya” just a few months later. In 2019, Saba’s Pivot Gang hip-hop collective released its second album You Can’t Sit With Us.
Although he made his breakthrough into the scene via collaborations with Chance the Rapper and Noname, it was his own music that allowed for his voice to fully come through and shine.
“Mrs. Whoever” features a smooth bass line with hi-hats and piano mixed in with it, emanating a soulful RnB vibe. The song talks about his interactions with people and how has been feeling the pressure but he doesn’t let that affect him.
The chorus features the name of the song with the line “Mrs. Mr. whoever I pray,” with the rapper hoping for things to change but he sees that they’re still the same. He talks about the people in his life and how they only focus on the achievements and how they’re never satisfied. The entire track encapsulates Saba’s struggles with dealing with coming into the limelight while still having a normal life.
“Something in the Water” is a more upbeat track, featuring a choppy flow by Saba backed up by Denzel Curry in the second verse. The song talks about observations made by the rappers, describing them as something seen in the water. The track outlines all the dirty goings-on of the industry as well as society, highlighting how the rappers are aware of the issues.
Along with the songs, Saba also released a short statement which talks about his relationship with music and being a rapper. For him, releasing music is about letting go of inhibitions and just sharing his thoughts.
“I don’t really care to be understood right now in the same way that I think I did in the past,” Saba wrote. “It would bother me when people would quote lyrics wrong or say ‘this song is about this,’ or ‘this song is about that,’ but that’s because the music was so personal to me.”
“Now it’s just like, man, “I made this and I like it, here you go, get what you get.” And I feel more comfortable with being there.”
Saba’s new tracks can be found by clicking here.
Along with the tracks, Saba also released a music video for “Mrs. Whoever,” which can be watched below.