Noname, Supa Bwe Join Joseph Chilliams for “Kale”
Chicago rapper/producer Joseph Chilliams teams up with Noname and Supa Bwe for "Kale," the newest single from his debut project, Henry Church. Chilliams is a founding member of PIVOT alongside Saba. "Kale," which is produced by Joseph Chilliams himself and Cory Grindberg, is a declaration of war against labels and culture vultures while being unapologetically Black.
"Noname and I have been good friends for years now," Joseph Chilliams tells Complex, speaking on the origins of "Kale." "We've always loved each other's work but never did any songs together. Noname knew I was working on a tape and hit me out the blue one day like 'Let's rap.' I started writing the hook the second I got off the phone with her. I already had the beat and really wanted to hear her over something turnt. I knew she would go crazy." In addition to Noname, the single features a verse from fellow Chicagoan Supa Bwe.
Chilliams adds: "I performed the song sans Noname at a Saba show knowing that there were a bunch of artist in the crowd I'd love to work with. I extended an invitation to all the artists in the room and saying that this next song is crazy and there's a lot of artists in the room I'd like to get on this track. The audience went nuts for it. I forgot the words during the last hook and they knew the words already. It was gold. Supa saw this and asked me to get on the song after my set."
Henry Church is set to release this Thursday, Aug. 24. Bump "Kale" below.
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