Chip ‘London Boy’ Mixtape (3/5)
No long talk, the boy Chip did good with this right here jheeeeez! Ok lemme get back on my professional shit…
As I was never a grime head I was slow to hear bout the young boy runin wit Wiley. It wasn’t until ‘Who Are You’ blazed all over Channel-U that I got to thinking “Wiley got himself a real problem here, this kid is quite nice with it”.
Fast forward and Chipmunk (as he was then known) was all over the airwaves and youth TV. I ain’t gonna lie, I was deaf to the boy during this period as I wasn’t really into that pop sound he was amassing the £p’s with. But I respect the grind so was of course never a hater lol. The album ‘I Am Chipmunk’ (2009) did well for him, and he followed that up with the ‘blacker’ (yeah I said it) album ‘Transition’ (2011), that was panned by the critics and criminally ignored by radio. And you know what, ‘Transition’ was alright you know, it had some big tunes on there including the single Champion featuring Chris Brown.
Fast forward, he dropped the Munk from his name, left the label, relocated to USA, an inked a deal with T.I’s Grand Hustle imprint. The resulting features and freestyles both in the US and UK have only wetted the appetite for the ‘London Boy’ to bless the masses with some new material. In my opinion he doesn’t disappoint.
On the track ‘Letter To London’ Chip spits “Everyone that shot me down for not making grime / Is now not making grime, I’m just ahead of my time”. It’s not without bare cliché’s but ‘London Boy’ overall sends a powerful message to the UK scene, simply that making just hiphop is alright, you don’t need the weird shit to get heard. Chip holds his own with his boss T.I and Iggy Azalea on ‘Hustle Gang’ where he spits “its bedtime for your career pussy lay down” lol. Testament to the Grand Hustle deal he got some big US features on the mixtape like Meek Mill and Young Jeezy, as well as UK greats like Skepta, Wretch32, and Blade Brown.
My joints are ‘Beautiful’, the collabo with Skepta ‘My Crew’, ‘Like A Movie’, and ‘Official’ the collabo with Wretch32 and Blade Brown.
Don’t let any memories of ‘Chip Chippy Chip’ put you off listening to this mixtape. You will be surprised how far the boy has come.
Check Out: ‘Beautiful’, ‘Like A Movie’, ‘Official’, & My Crew’.
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