Black Liberation Meets Anime Inspiration With Chicago’s Hidden Hip Hop Gem: Vagabond Maurice

Graciously picked from his introspective LP “A Garden At The End Of The World”, Chicago’s Vagabond Maurice inspires us to welcome the changing of seasons with his animated music video for “To Smile In Autumn”. The autumnal breeze is perfect timing for creativity and Maurice is definitely not lacking. Being first generation American with parents who relocated from Liberia, his work contextualizes several themes of Black Liberation and Afrocentric lyricism which float effortlessly over atmospheric instrumentals. This partnered with influence from Japanease animation creates undoubtedly original artwork. Coming from the Chicago scene where drill and classic old school flows thrive, Maurice introduces a unique style of inward reflection nurtured by nature and inspired by wisdom – the natural accompaniment of an old soul. Combine jazz influence and hip hop with a little nerd mythos, and you’ve got a dreamy vibe fit for the changing of seasons.

Vagabond Maurice’s accolades have helped him in developing his highly-engaged listening demographic. His opportunities of speaking on a panel at Anime Central 2019 and opening for legendary video game rapper MegaRan, have kept him well-recognized in the nerdcore scene. Partner this with endorsements from well-known Hip Hop channels such as Shade 45, Lyrical Lemonade as well as Chicago’s very own Vocalo Radio Station, and you’ve got an original artist who blends frequencies all his own. The fast-approaching Windy City winter is not to be ignored; this lyrical rapper’s introspective soundscapes hit listeners right on time.

Watch the video for “To Smile In Autumn” here

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