To say there's a rather booming rap scene in Chicago at the moment is to put things mildly. The likes of Lil Durk, Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper are ensuring all eyes remain on the Windy City, however, ask us which Chi-town rapper we think's really making waves at the moment and the answer would be Ibn Inglor. It's no secret that we rate this fella - Inglor's dark sound and the fact that he has a lot to say (and on his terms and in a inimitable fashion) - makes this rapper an exciting artist to behold.

Inglor's latest track, 'Black Print, is another expertly produced nightmarish rant in which he candidly criticises comparisons made on blogs and in the press: "Fuck comparisons, these motherfuckers got guts and arrogance." It's impossible not to ponder about such strong sentiments. This anger towards comparisons is intriguing since being compared to Kanye West can't be all bad surely?

When asked about other Chicago artists worth looking out for, Inglor's aloof response - "the ones building a name" - exemplifies this rapper's aversion to talking about, and comparing his work to others. It seems, to an extent, that Inglor is trying to distance himself from the Chi-town scene and work as an exclusive entity outside of the abundance of cliques in his home city. This is an interesting path and no small task in a genre of music and a city that are equally packed full of affiliations, plus it's pretty obvious how beneficial one rapper's success is to a wider scene, for which there is no more endemic a case than with Chicago.

The increasingly prevalent Chicago hip-hop scene profited from exposure catalysed by Chicago's most talked about native, Kanye West, who is definitely not one to shy away from collaborations, - with cutting Chicago lyricist Chief Keef and fellow drill ambassador King Louie making cameos on Yeezus. Other Chicago collaborations (of which there are many) includes Chicago rap trio Do or Die working with fellow Chicago rapper Twista on Picture This. Then there was the case of emerging rap stars like Meek Mill, Danny Brown, and A$AP Rocky enthusiastically co-signing Chief Keef, which resulted in the 'I Don't Like' remix. It seems that collaborations and associations have really elevated the Chi-town scene and its artists, so why does Inglor have such beef with comparisons?

Look at hip-hop globally and locally and you'll see that it has always been collaborative and referential - from the Crucial Conflicts to Native Tongues to A$AP Mob to The S.W.A.T.S and back to Chicago's latest Southside Drill scene, the list is endless; it's built on collectives, cliques and collaboration between fellow artists. This surely invites comparisons then right?

Inglor doesn't think so and was more than happy to explain his recent frustrations, as he says "It's always good to vent and get shit off your chest." He's very good at it too and has some very strong opinions on this subject, explaining why avoiding comparisons and being treated as an individual is so important to him and chatting about making this exceptional new album - no holds barred and in often pretty graphic detail.

You've made it pretty clear in your latest track, 'Black ‘Print’, that you don't want to be compared to other artists. Do you think that it's detrimental to compare artists?

Not necessarily detrimental, but it more so shadows the artist true feelings and emotion. They get put on the back burner because someone says it sounds like so and so, but how? When this is their own true pain or joy? Comparing someone isn't super harmful, but when you're not acknowledging the artists true pain and joy it tends to get bothersome. When you're creating something with not one other artist in mind and you still get compared is just a crazy feeling.

Is this what you've experienced then?

Yes, for example, when 'Cold Storm’ was being made, we was going through sounds and I actually just got done shitting, I heard the sound from the bathroom and yelled YOOOO, he was like yeah, I'm like USE THAT, he was like for real? I'm like hell yeah. We was playing around with a few synths and the shit was cold so we then proceeded to do drums and it just came out a masterpiece. As he's mixing, I'm writing so mind you the song was completed within an hour or an hour and thirty. We sent it over to another producer, E.N.O.N Jacobs, and he was like man this sound like some jungle shit, put some jungle sounds over them tribal drums. Thus the monkeys and buzzing shit came.

'Cold Storm’ was a mistake song branching off of the New Wave track if people listen, "Riding on a Bike in a Cold Storm" is the first lyrics on the third verse of New Wave. We was doing a reverse reverb effect and I had accidentally only bounced that part out when mixing New Wave, he went back into his iTunes and clicked it not knowing what the fuck it was and it was just a straight a-capella of "RIDING ON A BIKE IN A COLD STORM" I'm like damn this shit cold, we could put that at the end of New Wave, then the idea got bigger and we decided to build a song out of it. This was the process and I still got comparisons.

That must have pissed you off?

Moral is, the process wasn't like "This sound like some Kanye, Pusha T type shit, let's use this shit" like hell no. We make what sounds good to our ears we sit in the studio like "This Shit is Cold". When writing I have to rewrite so many verses because I feel it's too Kanye-ish or too Push T-ish, I'm striving not to sound like nobody, but me.

Do you think making these comparisons is a way of trying to pigeonhole artists or does it, as some would argue, help audiences understand their sound better?

It definitely digs the artist in a hole and puts him/her on a high/low pedestal depending on which artist they're compared to. Comparisons bring high hopes to new listeners and if they don't like it all hell breaks loose, and even if they do like it it's still all hell and all you're hearing now is, "he trying to steal his/her sound and style, fuck out of here find your own lane," type shit. The best way to understand the sound of an artist better is by reading a write up without any comparisons, and seeing how excited the editor is. Then when the listener actually listen it's like "damn this is fresh, this shit is new" because they didn't hold the artist up to any high ass standard prior to listening.

Is it just lazy journalism then?

In some cases it may be, sometimes it's completely harmless and just pure excitement from the editor because he/she is an actual fan of the music! Others just read off others and write what the fuck ever sounds good.

Which artists do you respect and feel are creating good stuff at the moment?

Many artists inspire me to create and create better. The Weeknd is a big inspiration alongside Kid Cudi, James Blake, PYYRAMIDS, Lorde, Kanye, FKA Twigs and a lot more! All of these artists have been an inspiration and their music is just flawless to me, great production great songwriting just wonderful structure all around. Most of my influences come from my surroundings, my hood, my struggle, my friends struggle etc.

Do you plan to or think that you'll collaborate with any artists?

I've collaborated with Drea Smith of PYYRAMIDS for the ‘Fire’ track off New Wave and it came out great, really looking forward to working with her again on the debut LP. I'd love to work with more singers/bands than rappers. I have this weird obsession with singers, possibly because I wish I could, but I'm more into vocalist then just rappers, rappers and more rappers.

Do you prefer to reference wider areas, scenes or types of music than naming individuals?

Yeah, I'm not big on name dropping at all but if they're building a legit lane and sound for themselves its bound to be heard.

How do you think things have progressed since your first record?

I've opened my eyes to much more music since my old projects and I've developed much more creative ways to go about doing stuff. Before all the blogs came along I wanted to stop rapping and say fuck all this shit. I was paying for studio time and decided why not learn this shit myself and cut the middleman. So I learned how to mix and record my own music. I used to be heavy on the forums back in 05-09 so I was already an amateur with creating "sigs (signatures)" as we would call it and I started making my own cover art for every song/project. The progression has been stupid cold because everything that people are seeing and hearing is coming all from me everything is rooted from me, and it's a wonderful feeling to see people actually fucking with what I made myself!

Ibn Inglor's New Wave mixtape is out now. You can visit him by heading here.