Album: ProbCause – Drifters

The Chicago Rapper Teams Up With Local Talent For His New Album and Upcoming Tour, Debuted by Red Bull Music


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Critical Praise for ProbCause:

“ProbCause nimbly rides fusion-friendly hip-hop tracks; there’s the DJ Screwed-up dubstep buzzer ‘Ego Trip’ and the ecstatic rap-rock track ‘Neon Dreams.'” – SPIN

“He’s a great rapper who you can imagine killing it at open mics, cyphers and old-school styled club nights.” –  PotholesInMyBlog

“You’ll find WAVES incorporates several different genres within it’s overall hip-hop vibe– electronic, rock, and blues are some of the other elements tapped…” – HotNewHipHop

“The rising rapper […] has continued to dominate his own lane… Prob will have you locked in.” – XXL

“…just one conversation with ProbCause is enough to make you realize that he’s deeper than even his most serious lyrics suggest.” –

“The lanky MC’s vocal gymnastics have an elastic flow… he raps like a fan in the crowd hollering at the DJ to pump up the volume.” – Chicago Reader

“It’s diverse, veering from slower flows erring in the sub-genre of jazz-rap to hard-hitting, hard-spitting electro-rap. It’s a perfect summer project…” – HillyDilly

“In Chicago and beyond, ProbCause is one to watch. His skills, creativity and persona are refreshing and unlike much else. There is a spin on everything that sounds and feels distinctly his. In both the rap game and the art world he is changing the rules.” –

The Album:

Chicago rapper ProbCause’s Drifters thrives in its versatility, with a thread of enthusiasm and self-satisfaction remaining constant throughout the 12-song album. Live instrumentation is sprinkled into the production with sprawling subject matter that ranges from enchanting explorations of romantic companionship on “Portrait” to a dream state of skepticism on “Wake Up” and later the slacker-friendly serenading of “The Woods.” Debuted by Red Bull Music, Drifters reveals the highly collaborative and vibrant musical community within the city of Chicago. ProbCause remarked, “I work with a lot of really talented musicians in Chicago so it was a very organic thing to involve them in the production process. Will Miller from a band called The O’My’s plays horns on a lot of the songs and really helped take the album to another level,” he added. “[This album] is much more musical than anything I’ve made in the past.” The album contains production from Gramatik, the Geek x Vrv, Exmag, GRiZ, Drew Mantia, Cofresi, Wes P, Breakscience and Mike Irish.

Drifters follows an 18-city tour that spanned the East Coast and South in June, and comes prior to a performance at the North Coast Festival and hitting the road in the Midwest for his own headlining Drifters Tour. The Chicago rapper announced the project via Consequence of Sound in July with “I Feel U,” the first single that’s since eclipsed 180K plays on SoundCloud. Released via Gramatik’s Lowtemp Music, the final teaser came earlier this week when Complex shared the juke/footwork-inspired “M.I.A.,” the project’s second track and a tone-setter of Drifters. Influenced in equal parts by punk groups like Chicago’s Screeching Weasel and jazz greats like Charlie Mingus, ProbCause gravitated toward hip-hop as a teenage – he liked classic ’90s hip-hop groups like A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots, but he was especially inspired by the rappers he saw participating in open mics and other events as part of the active Chicago underground. ProbCause‘s Drifters is now available for stream and purchase.

Listen to Drifters:

Check out the Red Bull premiere:

Tour dates:
9/4-9/6 – North Coast Music Festival, Chicago
9/8 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
9/9 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
9/10 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
9/11 – Ames, IA – The Maintenance Shop
9/12 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
9/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

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Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with ProbCause.

ProbCause Background:

ProbCause is a prolific rapper and a painter too. Between performing at SXSW, North Coast, Costa Rica, and tour dates nation-wide, ProbCause is keeping busy and inspiring fellow students at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. His sound, which jumps from hip-hop, to electronic, to RnB, and then back to a classic boom-bap gritty rap, helped get him signed to high-profile booking agency Paradigm. With stories that make you reminisce and a percussive delivery that highlights his versatile production skills, ProbCause is at the head of the pack of promising new Chicago artists.

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“Back To The Future” (Prod. by Gramatik):

“Tilt Mode” – Exmag ft. Gibbz (Manic Focus and ProbCause Remix):


“Might Not” ft. Sasha Go Hard: //


“Chicago Style”:

“LSD” (Hood Internet Remix):

“LSD” (feat. Chance the Rapper): //


“Three Course Meal” ft. Action Bronson & Chance the Rapper:

Bio, photos, and streams available here: