Saba and No I.D. reconnect for a new single and the official title of their long-awaited project. On Thursday (June 1), in time for African-American Music Appreciation Month, the Chicago heavyweights dropped “hue_man nature,” the latest offering from their upcoming mixtape From the Private Collection of Saba & No I.D. The single also marks the follow-up to “Back In Office” earlier this year.
The two plan to forge new ground in hip-hop upon the release of From the Private Collection. To be able to have a real career, you have to reinvent your thought process, reinvent your perspective,” No I.D., legal name Ernest Wilson, said in a press release. “And you can’t do it sitting on the mountaintop, yelling about what you did. You think you know — and then everything changes.”
While No I.D. has continued to co-produce material for Beyoncé (“Church Girl”) and Brent Faiyaz (“Loose Change,” “Role Model”), Saba also released his third solo album Few Good Things last February. Featured on the project are fellow Chicago emcee G Herbo (“Survivor’s Guilt”), Krayzie Bone (“Come My Way”), 6lack and Smino (“Still”), Mereba (“A Simpler Time”), Fousheé (“Make Believe”), and more.
Also last year, Saba, legal name Tahj Malik Chandler, revealed to Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1 that No I.D. gave him 120 beats while on his Back Home Tour.
“He was like, ‘You hear that little beat in the background, that’s just number 80 this week, don’t mind me,’” Saba recalled. “So when I got up with him, he told me he did 120 in a two-week span. He was like, ‘I got 120, how many of them you want me to send you?’ I was just like, ‘Bro, I’m about to go on tour, send me all 120. I didn’t expect him to actually do it, but he did it.”
Saba’s next live performance takes place on July 9 during the Governor’s Ball music festival in New York City.