Written by: Traffic Willis (@TrafficWillis)
Martin $ky has been establishing his presence in the underground Chicago music scene for quite some time. He first began to make his name known with his self-produced rap tracks in 2013. $ky’s Timeless EP featured a lyrical focus over the prolific lo-fi production by well-known names, such as Knxwledge.
By 2015, the progression was clear, and the talent was unquestioned when he dropped his first full-length tape. Martin’s transition into a more Chicago tasting sound helped push his name to the forefront of underrated MC’s on a national stage. If Kanye’s 808s and Heartbreaks album title was fitting, $ky’s “Everywhere But Here” tape categorized as 808’s and hard-bangs. Heavy hitting, distorted bass was an (understated) compliment to his new chapter of rap flow and cadence. Around this time, Martin even tweeted that “bass is water.”
Picture those two chapters of a promising career. Now envision a whole new book. The new book wrote itself when, in a few months’ time, Martin $ky would announce his departure from rapping to pursue his heart-driven path to be a producer strictly. His exponential growth in compositional synthesis is unrelentingly impressive and too abundant to ignore.
Such evolution has come to his "Lessism" EP, a masterpiece of distinct sounds following themes of nature and other unique components. The sounds are too hard to describe, so take a listen to this five star EP, dropped off by Martin $ky. You can stream "Lessism" on all streaming platforms.