Up-and-coming Chicago rapper Keeko gears up to fight the war on “trash rap” on his latest track, “Dark-skin Marksmen.” Over a Q-Tip boom-bap beat, Keeko dedicates this song to the late pioneer emcee Prodigy. Laying down straight bars and twisty wordplay, Keeko flexes on the steady beat and keeps things simple, letting his poignant punchlines guide listeners on the 3-minute journey. It feels like Keeko just had to get some things off his mind, got in the booth and got down to business.
At a time when a lot of up-and-coming rappers have trouble even doing two verses on a song, Keeko’s most refreshing quality is his ability to hold a listener’s attention off his rapping alone. He can do it over some hard trap beats too, and flashes of singing demonstrate that he’s got more tricks up his sleeve. On the Soundcloud description for “Dark-skin Marksmen,” Keeko hinted at this track possibly being included on an upcoming mixtape. As he continues to grow with each subsequent release, keep your eyes open for whatever the burgeoning Chicago rapper delivers next.