Preview: 88rising Brings Head in the Clouds to Chicago

88rising – Joao Retorta

88rising has come a long way in a very short period of time. Founded by Sean Miyashiro, 88rising is a music and arts collective with some incredibly worthy and lofty goals: become an iconic crew of groundbreaking artists that can bridge Eastern and Western youth culture. The past two years have seen the collective break through with a steady stream of earworms that have done just that, catapulting 88rising into the spotlight.

88rising’s pursuit of bringing in established and burgeoning artists has been vital in their success. The collective has grown massively, giving artists like Keith Ape and Higher Brothers who had been on the scene before the birth of 88rising and brand new acts an outlet to reach millions. Some key examples of the collectives push for up and coming artists include Rich Brian, whose viral sensation “Dat Stick” caught some controversy mixed with the positive attention of Ghostface Killah & Desiigner, and Joji, who started out as a Youtube sensation Filthy Frank, making odd but endlessly hilarious absurd videos for years before embarking on his musical career. Diggin in even deeper into the massive catalog you’ll see that 88rising have also looked towards Chicago for artists, collaborating with Sooper Records for  Sen Morimoto‘s recent Cannonball! release.

With a constant stream of content on their Youtube channel and an intense online presence, there doesn’t seem to be a thing stopping 88rising. They have articles hailing their rise on Vice, fun interviews on Highsnobiety, and hilarious appearances on First We Feasts shows like Hot Ones and Feast Mansion; all adding to the collective diverse and addicting aura. The release of Head in the Clouds, the collective’s first group LP, has shown what 88rising are capable of and laid the groundwork for more.

88rising announced their 88 Degrees & Rising tour in support of the collaborative LP earlier this year, a group tour across North America with a majority of the collective joining in including Rich Brian, Joji, Keith Ape, Higher Brothers, KOHH, NIKI, AUGUST 08, Don Krez, and special guests. The tour will be making a stop at Aragon Ballroom on October 14th. Tickets are on sale now.

Julian Ramirez
Julian Ramirez