The Evolution of Vyle

The Evolution of Vyle

What do Alessandro Michele and Rick Ross have in common? No not Gucci, Vyle.

What do Alessandro Michele and Rick Ross have in common? No not Gucci, Vyle.

Text: Gio Chiappetta

Some pronounce it ‘Vile’, others ‘Vilee’. From humanoid robots for Gucci to producing records for Rick Ross, he’s one of Chicago’s most slept on creatives.

I met Vyle in the Summer 2009, he was scheduled to perform a sold out show at the University of Madison Wisconsin. A friend of mine was promoting the event and told me to come. No one showed. Turns out the flyers had the wrong venue info and while any artist (or person) in their right mind would have left, Vyle stayed and performed to a crowd of 8. That level of commitment has always stuck with me, and has held as a backdrop to our friendship. I’ve watched as he continues to reinvent himself and create something that aims to bridge the gap between music and tech.

Recorded during his tenure at the New Museum's NEW INC program, "INSTALL/001" is a 27-minute album that’s part 3D, part VR that touches on issues including gentrification, gang violence, disproportionate conditions on the Southside of Chicago, fashion, losing touch with your reality, witnessing the loss of his mother, brutalist architecture, eradicating toxic masculinity, and systemic control–drawing inspiration from crowd-sourced anecdotes and the artists’ personal experiences.

Guests include M. Sayyid (Warp Records), Chris Crack, OptimisGFN and more.

"INSTALL/001" is live on Apple Music now.

Credits: IMAGES VIA VYLE

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