Femdot Credit: Cole Schwartz

Chicago rapper Femi Adigun, better known as Femdot, has recently emerged as one of the city’s best storytellers. He’s certainly earned such a title with June’s Delacreme 2 (Closed Sessions), and according to some of the material on this full-length, he fought hard to get here. Femdot still sounds like he’s fighting on “Alright,” as he barrels through a dreamlike instrumental with the same force of will that’s seen him through the very challenges he raps about—be it violence at the hands of the police or struggling to show his worth as an artist. He’s got an affable vocal rasp, and when he lands a particularly strong verse he punches in the last line with a slight chuckle, all of which enhances his already magnetic delivery. On Delacreme 2, Femdot shows that he’s developed a particularly strong sense for broadcasting vulnerability in big ways. These songs are mighty—the instrumentals sound like they’ve been crafted to blast out of stadium-size speakers at Lollapalooza—but his empathetic lyricism and ability to project kindheartedness make many of them feel as intimate as a personal conversation with a confidant. On the somber “Snow in July,” Femdot raps about battling with self-esteem issues and his dark complexion, but no matter how downcast he gets on the song he imparts it with glimmers of hope and makes you feel like you’re helping him figure out lifelong lessons just by listening.   v