“I’m a rookie who sounds like I’ve been in the game for a long time; it’s just the quality of the music I’m making,” declares 17-year-old rapper LOL Chibi. The Dallas, Texas native of Nigerian heritage used his 2020 to make a powerful introduction. His Fresh Ayr-produced Pain-Tence mixtape yielded the “Life Is Short” music video as well as melodic-yet-personal tracks like “Two Face” and “Easy To Die”—all achieving strong six figures at streaming. Currently wrapping up his debut album, Chibi is all-in on music.
Instagram freestyles expanded to full-fledged songs and later, videos. 2020’s eight-song Pain-Tence garnered over 700,000 streams across platforms. 2021 moments including “Big Dawg” and “2 Many Times,” blends hard wisdom with a youthful, energetic delivery.