AMS.

Chicago, IL

You might take a look at AMS., and immediately be able to see the mild-mannered and polite IT professional, and you wouldn't be wrong. The man dubbed "The Nerd King" at 14 wasn't seeing that moniker existing beyond his interest in computers. However, underneath all of that is an artist that has been a storm on a stage over the course of his musical career. And that title became one that was associated with some of the best independent artists in Midwest Hip-Hop over the last 10+ years. Across the 20 years AMS. has been rapping, he's shared the stage with generational Hip-Hop luminaries such as Gift of Gab, Atmosphere, Blueprint, Mr. Lif, RJD2, KRS-One, and Dres of Black Sheep. You may have heard his voice holding the floor at B-Boy jams, or letting all of it loose at once, straining the walls and speakers of venues he's played. Regardless of where you've seen him, you never forget the sound, the delivery, or the energy. Running a breathlessly-delivered gamut between influences from Punk, Post-Hardcore, and Jazz, AMS. delivers a tapestry within his songs, swinging wildly on topics: from space-operatic abandoned astronauts, to the rat race, the deeply interpersonal, and onto jovial jams that could shake whole venues from a jumping crowd. Thick imagery, daft wordplay, and a growling baritone have helped to frame his music as being definitively “classic” in the Hip-Hop sense, while seeking to push the envelope of how Hip-Hop sounds, both in production and delivery.
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