Yay or nay: “Cement” By Chris Spencer

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Chicago has a rich history in hip hop. One of it’s facets is it being a place where you can never really guess what they’re gonna come up with. Being in the midwest, they take from all over the country. There has never been a definitive “chicago sound”, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It could be jazzy, east coast influenced conscious rap like common and Lupe Fiasco or more west coast leanings like Twista or even some Drill music stuff like Chief Keef or a guy like Kanye.
Over the last few years I’ve noticed a movement that I can only assume Phat Friend favorite Tree has been leading. It’s one of the more successful hybrid rap styles/sounds I’ve heard in a while. Tree dubbed it “soul trap” and it’s a mixture both those two things. Samples, triplets, that certain bounce, with raps that cover all sort of topics. Now, I’m sure there are still portions of you that are in that mind set of hearing any beat that sounds like it was made in 2016 and immediately tuning out. If it’s got any trap elements whatsoever. So, for you guys, this won’t be for you. But for those of you who have a more open mind and can see past how a songs high hats are sequenced, I’m curious what you think of this.
“Chris spencer” is a group consists of two up and coming chicago mc’s. Chris Crack and Vic Spencer. They’ve actually been around for a while and put out a fair amount of music but , for the sake of discussion, let’s call them “new”. This group is at least new!
So, yeah…I’m definitely fucking with this song. Curious what you guys think.

What do you think? (you can choose more than one answer)

Yay or Nay?

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Instead of doing a “song of the day”, I’m gonna switch it up a little and try something different. I’m gonna post up some youtube clips of an artist and see how you guys feel about the artist. I’ll add in my two cents but the real point of this is to get an idea of what you guys think. Aside from normal curiosity , I like getting an idea of what kinda taste my reader ship has.
This weeks artist is called Chance the rapper. He’s a young dude from chicago. I don’t know much about him beyond the videos I’ve seen but he piqued my interest so I figured I’d share him with you.

I went with two videos cause they show some different styles.
Personally, I think he shows a lot of promise. If he did that sing song style all the time it might get tiring but he can definitely rap and his voice reminds me of Kendrick Lamar mixed with the pharcyde. I think what i like about him most is that he seems like he’s got his heart in it. Particularly on “Juice”. I can appreciate when a rapper is invested in his work without being a cornball.
So, what do you think of Chance the rapper? Yay or nay?