“The album dances around a core of quaint, shimmering synth-pop and indie rock, stances that present Knox Fortune as a playful and unbothered lead. Standout single “Lil Thing” is the best consolidation of his charm.” Pitchfork
“As his excellent earworm solo singles like ‘Lil Thing‘ prove this year, his musical sweet spot is in a more adventurous pop territory.” – Complex
“his debut album, Paradise, a 11-track collection full of hooky and whimsical indie-pop that the musician likes to say is ‘a cross between the Beach Boys and the Beastie Boys’.”
Knox Fortune, the Chicago DJ and producer who has contributed beats to a number of the area’s most prominent talents, is best known for lending Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book track “All Night” its distinct, sultry hook, and producing for the likes of Joey Purp, Towkio, KAMI, and more.
Following his extensive stints as a sideman, the Chicago singer and producer is finally taking his center stage with his debut solo LP. With the new visuals, “Lil’ Thing” is one of the cuts slated to appear on Fortune’s inaugural release; It’s a breezy, low-key track primed for mid-summer hangs, with an equally comfy visual to match:
Director Jackson James shot the clip in 16mm at Chillers Paradise, Fortune’s former home, which was recently torn down. The clip offers an intimate look at Fortune’s old Chicago stomping grounds, his pals’ impressive repertoire of skateboard tricks, and of course Knox himself.
As for the track itself, it’s a lightweight summertime funk jam that demonstrates Fortune’s vocal abilities as well as his ability to create the kind of atmosphere you want to linger in. Knox continues to up his profile as a producer and solo artist, proving he can take on the limelight himself. “Lil’ Thing” is a perfect summer record which showcases his singing, songwriting and producing chops (with some help of the Chi’s finest, of course.)