Hometown: Chicago, IL
Active Since: 2012
Twitter Handle: @IbnInglor
Essential Listening: GawdsSpeed
Pros: Ambitious, stands out from his Chicago peers.
Cons: Maybe too ambitious without enough support.
When you listen to 20-year-old Chicago rapper Ibn Inglor's "Track 2," you might assume he's ripping off Kanye West. He's got the dark, dramatic production, the God and fashion references, the odd song structure, a "send it up" line, even the screaming at the end. While many of Chicago's up-and-comers aspire to be like Kanye, few can pull off a sound so intense, ambitious, and visceral. To Ibn Inglor, it seems to come naturally.
Ibn (pronounced "ibbin") Inglor grew up on Chicago's South Side, a place he loves, but he admits that his peers consider him different for his tastes, from his style of dress to his choices in music. He listens to Kanye, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and Tyler, The Creator, but he's also into James Blake, London Grammar, and PYRRAMIDS. He may not fit in nicely with the rest of the new rappers coming out of Chicago right now, but that's exactly why he stands out. Oh, and for those thinking Ibn Inglor's "Track 2" is a Kanye West rip-off, keep this in mind: it dropped in March, months before Yeezus. —Jacob Moore