The West Side Chicago rapper, formerly known as Lucki Eck$, dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to pursue music full time. He’s since established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the rap game, both with his boundary-pushing sound and candidly vulnerable lyrical narratives. From his debut project Alternative Trap in 2013 to last year’s Freewave 3 and even collaborations with Danny Brown and FKA Twigs, Lucki continues to impress with inventive production choices and a bleaker sound.
In the post-Keef era, Lucki has garnered praise for his ability to combine the rawness of drill with sedated trap beats and a spaced out flow that sits on the edge of mumble rap. This style seems to resonate with young Chicagoans who lean on weed, unauthorized prescription drugs and music to numb themselves from the economic struggles and loss of loved ones they experience in their daily lives.
With a newfound sense of maturity, Lucki has managed to separate himself from the pack through his ethereal production and sulking vocal deliveries. He’s able to convey the pain of losing loved ones, his struggle with mental health, and the debilitating effects of drug addiction with such conviction that it feels completely authentic.
From 2014’s Body High to the hallucinatory acip-trap of Xanax, Lucki is an expert at constructing sonic landscapes that feel both otherworldly and familiar at the same time. Few artists can feel at home rapping over a Bjork instrumental (Hidden Place) as they do over the eerie, drowsy production on Xanax.