I don’t know if its the voice…I don’t know if its the great songwriting…I don’t know if its the sexy full beard…whatever it is, something about up and coming crooner Sam Dew has me sold from the jump.


Hailing from Chicago, Sam Dew has long worked behind the scenes with artists like Wale and Rihanna.He wrote and performed the hook to this 2013 Wale banger, “LoveHate Thing.”

In mid-2015 he stepped to the front of the stage by releasing Damn Sue, an electric 6 track EP giving us a taste of great things to come. The opening track of the EP, “Desperately” was even featured in a pivotal scene in Spike Lee’s polarizing expectation-crushing film Chi-Raq.

#chiraq #damnsue

Posted by Sam Dew on Thursday, January 28, 2016


While the EP is dope, the Sam Dew track that made me a fan isn’t even on the record. The song “Drive” was featured on the Red Bull Sound Select website to promote Sam’s tour dates with the company last year. Unfortunately he had to cancel his Atlanta appearance once the Afropunk festival was rained out so I didn’t get the chance to hear him perform this song and others live.

I’m definitely a new stan for Sam Dew over here, joining the ranks of other on-the-come-up artists that we love here on Cypher Avenue like Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino and more.

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