After years of working with some of Chicago’s most notable rappers, Knox Fortune is finally stepping out with his solo debut album, Paradise.
The 24-year-old singer/producer shared the project’s release date this morning, along with its cover art, tracklist, and latest track "24 Hours."
Though some of you may be unfamiliar with Knox’s name, you’ve likely heard his production. He’s worked with everyone from Vic Mensa to Joey Purp and Towkio to theMind. His most notable collaboration, however, was his feature on Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book track "All Night," which earned him a 2017 Grammy.
In an August interview with DJ Booth, Knox spoke about his place in Chicago’s music scene and how Paradise may change people’s perception of it.
"There’s a lot of really good rap guys and talented musicians coming out of Chicago, and I wanted to put them together on my project in situations where they wouldn’t typically do that [...] I want to let them know that you don’t just have to make trap music if that’s not who you are," he said. "It’s all about embracing yourself—that’s what the whole project is—and being confident in who you are. There are moments on this project that are uncomfortable for me to say what I’m saying, but the project is bigger than me."
Paradise is set to release Sept. 22. It will include the previously released tracks "Torture," "Help Myself," and "Lil Thing."