On December 8th, Texas rapper A.N.I. released the Channel OnePointFive EP, featuring the track “LNB (Late Night Broadcast).” Landing right in the middle of the EP, “LNB” calls to mind the work of Saba, Noname, and Smino (otherwise known by their group name, Ghetto Sage). The beat is reminiscent of tracks from all of those artists, and A.N.I’s flow sounds like a hybrid of the three as well. While this track is only two and a half minutes long, those two and a half minutes pack a massive punch.
Over contemplative keys and chill drums, A.N.I “think[s] about life in the late night.” Seamlessly moving from issues in his own life and decisions he’s made to larger problems within the lyrics at this level is incredible. Texas has turned out some fantastic rappers, most notably Megan Thee Stallion, Bun B, Kevin Abstract, and all members of Geto Boys. The sound, however, seems very Chicago. This synthesis will serve A.N.I well, particularly as the regional hip-hop conflicts seem to be a thing of the past.
A.N.I claims the only thing he’s trying to do is “make good music,” and on “LNB,” he absolutely succeeded. Check it out below, and let us know what you think!