Chaz French made a new for himself in 2014 when he released his EP called Happy Belated, which was a collection of bangers and honest reflections of the state of his life. Introspection proves to be a strength of Chaz French’s: a few days ago he released a new single, “What Ya Say,” which is a song about staying true to oneself rather than giving in to expectations. In Chaz’s own words, “I’m trying to hear what my heart is saying a little better… A lot of times people sell out for what other people think they should do rather than listen to their heart, but this soul of mine ain’t for sale.”
What stands out to me about Chaz French is that he’s not trying to invent anything new. That’s one strategy for making it these days, and many artists are rightfully on the rise for their ability to be incredibly experimental with their sounds (artists ranging from Kevin Abstract to Fetty Wap). Chaz’s music doesn’t sound all that different from what we’ve heard in the genre over the past few years, but his strengths are in his captivating stories told with honesty and integrity. It feels incredibly authentic, which, coupled with strong production and complex rhymes, is another approach to gaining success today. If I were a betting woman, I’d put my money on Chaz French.
Don’t you ever give in nigga
Don’t you ever fall victim to expectations
Don’t let ’em test your will
You gotta stay true!
Hurt Everybody is the perfect name for this trio from Chicago. Supa Bwe, Carl, and Mulatto Beats are out to hurt anybody and everybody standing in the way of their success. I think in general I try to listen to music that moves me, and this is that at the moment. There’s a controlled desperation in Supa Bwe and Carl’s voices. They make you feel what they feel, and that’s a powerful tool. It also doesn’t… hurt that the 14-track EP features Chicago favorites like Alex Wiley, Kembe X, Mick Jenkins, and Saba.
Hurt (Intro), Transmissions (Warning and Contact), Treat Me Caucasian, Scratched, In Seoul, Slept All Day, and Beauty (Outro)
You might remember Saba as the guy who was not Chance the Rapper but kind of sounded like Chance the Rapper on the closing verse of “Everybody’s Something” from Chance’s Acid Rap mixtape. The young MC is a member of westside Chicago’s music collective Pivot Gang and has at least two great tracks to his name.
Now, I’ll be honest. I am in India right now on vacation. I had made the mental decision before coming to India that I would not post any music at all and would just enjoy this time with my grandparents. It says something about “Burnout” that it could move me to write this post. There’s something about this song… man. It feels like a moment. Like when we first heard “Family” by Chano back in 2012. You get a sense that this is a young rapper with so much confidence and control over his craft. He is not insecure, trying to do unnecessary lyrical backflips with metaphors that aren’t working. Instead, he has a matured musicality and understands how to pick his moments within a song. He offers both the wide-eyed wonder of a hip-hop enthusiast and the sharpshooting precision of a veteran lyricist.
Check out the first single from Saba’s upcoming mixtape Comfort Zone (“Burnout” is the second single).