Compton, Calif. continues to be a high-profile hotbed for rising rap expertise, as evidenced by acclaimed exports like Kendrick Lamar and YG carrying on the custom set by the town’s forefathers and pioneers. Compton rapper Problem seems to be subsequent in line to make his hometown proud on a nationwide degree together with his newest launch, Chachiville, a venture that’s positive to extend his inventory as a possible star even additional.
Crafted and recorded in numerous lodge rooms whereas on his Lit Life Tour final summer time, Chachiville stems from the attitude of Chachi, Problem’s alias and alter ego, of types. His first lengthy participant since unleashing Hotels 2: The Master Suite in July of final yr, Chachiville is yet one more step in the direction of widespread recognition and approval for the unsung spitter.
“I done made another million off a mixtape,” Problem boasts on the Tyrin Turner-assisted “Lightwork,” the tape’s introductory choice, which he produced alongside JB Minor. Flowing over a revamped model of J-Kwon’s “Hood Hop” instrumental, Chachi spouts off quotables at will, musing, “Your real ain’t familiar, I don’t remember you/Smelling like Givenchy and gorilla glue /Bossed up, hired homies, did what real niggas do,” whereas drawing listeners into the world of Chachiville.
“Lightwork” is adopted by Problem’s self-produced single “Betta Watch Yo Self,” an aggressive quantity within the vein of basic West Coast gangsta boogie that finds the Compton spitter mobbing by means of his Cali stomping grounds. Lines like “California repping, lord’s my weapon/Never count my money ‘fore I count my blessings” and nods to native staples like Ramona’s Mexican meals lend additional authenticity to this Cali-centric banger.
An early spotlight on Chachiville is “Deaf Ears,” which contains a visitor look from Airplane Jones and consists of the catchy chorus “Phone calls fall on deaf ears nowadays.” This is a brash proclamation on the a part of Problem, who floats over 808 drums and ominous synths earlier than tossing the mic to Airplane Jones, who drops slick strains of his personal, like “Pull up in that new thing, now a old school/Independent out the gate, I got no rules.”
Known extra for his intense, street-wise lyricism than melodic crooning, Problem throws listeners a pleasing curve-ball with “Melrose,” a hypnotic providing produced by himself, Uncle Chucc and Brody. The music, which ranks amongst the venture’s most praiseworthy choices, packs loads of bass to spare and is powered by pounding kicks and snares, delicate keys and guitar licks. “I cracked her on Melrose, I cracked her on Melrose/Stopped at the Adidas store to pick me up some shell toes/Asked her ‘What yo’ name is and where’d you get your Nikes/She asked if I was feeling her, my response was ‘highkey’,” he raps, getting flirtatious whereas displaying his potential as a hit-maker.
Tender moments apart, Chachiville could be very a lot anchored by Problem’s commentary on the drama and insanity that may be a every day prevalence within the gang-infested streets of southern California. “Keep On Pushin’,” is indicative of that power, with Problem speaking greasy in between taking telephone calls from his daughter, which makes for one of many extra endearing and memorable moments on the album.
Other notable tracks on Chachiville embrace the jittery “Don’t Belong to You” and “Don’t Want No Smoke,” options an look from embattled hip-hop character Taxstone, who drops a couple of motivational wisecracks in help of his Cali comrade.
Running 13 tracks lengthy and replete with high quality fare all through, Chachiville is a testomony to Problem’s promise as a star within the making and will solidify his case for being one of many subsequent nice MCs out of the West to captivate the rap world.
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