On the eve of Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book’s release in 2016, the internet was going crazy over a rumored leak from the project. Featuring Chance, Mick Jenkins and Alex Wiley rapping over production by Cam O’bi and Nascent, that song was “Grown Ass Kid.” Unfortunately, due to clearance issues, the track was unable to be placed on the album. This saddened a lot of fans of the song, including Chance himself who tweeted out his disappointment last Summer.
Luckily, Cam O’bi announced that “Grown Ass Kid” would find a home on his debut album of the same name, which actually inspired the song’s title back in 2013.
“TenderHeaded” is the project’s formal introduction to the masses and showcases Cam’s wide range of talents, including one we had not heard of until now. A proven master behind the boards and an accomplished singer, he bleeds together those elements with dexterous rapping and sharp storytelling.
To top it off, St. Louis’ rising star Smino tags along for a clutch guest appearance. Both artists explore black youth and the loss of innocence through symbolism found in their hair and personal experience, including an eventful trip to the barbershop.
With additional production help from Dee Lilly, crispy drums and a sample of his little nephew laughing, Cam crafted a warm and enrapturing instrumental reminiscent of “Grown Ass Kid,” that is at once uplifting and nostalgic in order to complement the reflective lyrics.
Listen to ‘Tenderheaded” below and tune in to Mild Sauce Radio, where we’ll surely have this jam in rotation.