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Chughey’s LP “Lost In My Mind” Is An Emotional Rollercoaster

I’ve been quite vocal in the past about the importance of album sequencing — especially when it comes to the…

I’ve been quite vocal in the past about the importance of album sequencing — especially when it comes to the narrative arc of a project’s storyline (no matter How loose). This is something that came into play when I was checking out this fascinating gem from Gladstone, Michigan, MC Chughey. Lost In My Mind is unique in that out of context, some of the project’s lighter fare, such as the age-old money chase of ”Casino, ” create a fresh, grind-savvy impression of Chughey. However, a top to bottom listen to his LP is, to say the least, a journey through the mind of a man dealing with more than he’s able to handle himself.

 

Starting off as a testament to the hustle he’s diligently dedicated himself to, “Maneuver” and “Nothing New” absolutely sparkle. Self-produced, the project has pretty tight production, and Chughey’s cadence really pulls things together nicely.

It’s when we hit “Feels Right” that things start to take a turn for the dark. What plays out as a complicated relationship that he’s unable to have fully reciprocated — despite deep emotional investment — plays into the next track “Deepest,” which sees him seemingly professing the stranglehold that love has over him, and how his aforementioned emotional investment simultaneously makes his object of affection a remedy and a weapon. “Off Of You,” is an uncomfortable confession that his demons destroyed the relationship he was in, and he is now struggling to exist without her engulfing his thoughts.

What stands out is “Fine,” which is a quintessential theme song for checking in on your friends. The song is a heart-wrenching confession that though he — though his exterior is hardened — is experiencing a crisis on the inside. We also learn as this portion of the tracklist progresses that he was numbing much of his emotions with alcohol; he later finds his way, and songs like the sunny “Wasted Days” feels like sunshine cutting through the haze that we’ve been taken through.

 

What happens when the plans change, and we get into a dark place? Many people go through it, and for Chughey, sharing his experience — whether or not it’s genuinely autobiographical — is brave and necessary in a landscape where mental health has proven to be one our generation’s greatest threats. While it definitely escalated quickly and probably isn’t a casual listen as a whole, it’s a worthwhile slice of honest, self-produced artwork.

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
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Chianti – “They Don’t Know”

Today East Texas bred rapper Chianti releases his new single, “They Don’t Know.” Using his poetic words over classic Texas…

Today East Texas bred rapper Chianti releases his new single, “They Don’t Know.” Using his poetic words over classic Texas sounding production, Chianti uses his music as a therapeutic way to cope with the trials and tribulations of his life.

“I have always been a poet and whenever I wrote something and said it out loud it made me feel better, so I use that for therapy. I saw guys putting music to their poetry and as I started doing that, I started reciting it to my peers and I started to express myself and just went with it,” Chianti said. “Music-wise I mess with the music scene in Dallas, I am from Marshall, TX but I go do my music in Dallas, so as far as the music scene goes, I’m on that scene and the majority of my life I spent a lot of time in Dallas and that’s the music scene that I can speak on. East Texas is the community that I’m a part of right now.

From three stints jail to a nearly fatal car accident, Chianti uses his experiences throughout life to paint a poetic picture of the situations he raps about so that he can find his way through the problems of life.

“It’s the therapy side of it, it’s my outlet. A lot of things that I want to do I am limited by my actions and I feel like if I can talk about it or express it verbally, I can do it. It’s like action, I’m not doing it, but it feels like I’m releasing anger and releasing tension. It takes me from where I am to a whole ‘nother place. I guess it’s a high man. If I get pissed off about something I’m gonna address the situation. I’m gonna talk about it and I feel better when I do that,” Chianti explained.

“There have been a few near death experiences that I went through and a lot of trauma. I’ve been locked up and wrote a lot in prison. I got in a wreck and I almost died. When I came out of that car wreck, I found out I went to sleep and hit a car on the shoulder and I hit my head on the windshield and they had to reconstruct my face.”

Continuing to draw from real life experiences, Chianti’s new single “They Don’t Know,” addresses the frauds and fakes in the music industry. Inspired by a time when a fraudulent promoter got away with some of his money, Chianti knows that he can’t risk time behind bars over a small amount of money.

“They Don’t Know – was inspired by this music industry. I was dealing with this guy and he had ran off with some money and it was some little money. But it’s just what I have done to people for wayyy less than that. It was someone who ran off with some money and they didn’t do what they said they was gonna do. It was the principal and my thing was bro – I done been to prison three times. I can’t send my whole team to war over a piece of change over something like that and so I came up with the song,” Chianti reasoned.

In anticipation of his upcoming project in September, Chianti says this project is for real music fans and is “square business.”

“In the industry today its one of the realest projects that’s gonna come out as far real music. Everything I say in there is for real, it’s nothing in there that’s entertainment. I did it, I’m doing it. It’s square business, everything is square business about this album man. I’m just after a core group of people that just like real music. My experiences, it’s a lot of Hard Feelings and all my feelings I’m just releasing it,” Chianti added. “You got a lot of guys that are coming out of Dallas that are product of a sound that’s been developing for years and there’s a sound that has finally been perfected. These guys are reaping the benefits of a sound that these producers and engineers have put together over years and years of making music. If you have your stuff together image wise and you got your mind right with the proper financial backing, its a nice time to be around. Dallas is extremely saturated with artists, East Texas has some artists out here too though and that’s where I’m coming out of.”

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Erreon – “Check Way” (Prod by Jayanalog)

Today rising Texas rapper Erreon drops the visual to his song “Checkway ” from his upcoming EP Better Late Than…

Today rising Texas rapper Erreon drops the visual to his song “Checkway ” from his upcoming EP Better Late Than Never.

While some Hip-Hop fans might not be familiar with the term, “checkway,” Erreon defines the word as, “living by a limitless mentality,” and he does just that in the visual.

Kicking off the Jeff Adair directed visual by jumping in a helicopter for aerial views of Dallas, Erreon makes his way across the country visiting Bun B in Houston and eventually making his way out to Los Angeles where he walks the beaches of Venice with a few ladies.

Erreon explained, “Checkway is a single off the project that talks about me enjoying some of the fruits of my labor by living by a limitless mindset.”

It’s only fitting the visual depicts Erreon in a trip around the country as he will be performing at club dates nationwide in June and July. In June Erreon hits Las Vegas, Phoenix, LA, and San Diego for various spot club dates at which point he will perform at Houston Holiday June 27th, and then a spot date on July 14th in El Paso, TX.

Who could have predicted that Erreon’s budding career would kick off with a response record after a fellow classmate dissed him in 9th grade with a song on CD? From there combined with a big influence from Jay-Z, Erreon has used the ups and downs of life to motivate people to win through his music.

“The best is yet to come, I promise always to motivate, inspire and be the voice of the people – so let’s take this ride together!” Erreon said in a message to his fans. .

Going forward in preparation for the Better Late Than Never EP, fans can listen to his tracks “Nobody Knows” and “Locked In,” which were previously released leading up to the release of the project.

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@mryolay4l – “Abandon Me”

Recently rapper Mr. Yola released his new song “Abandon Me” which is now at over 130,000 steams on Spotify in just a few months. On…

Recently rapper Mr. Yola released his new song “Abandon Me” which is now at over 130,000 steams on Spotify in just a few months.

On the track Mr. Yola has the ladies in his thoughts as the song examines the role that women play in our world and how they are often mistreated.
“I wanted to rap about this issue because we don’t give the females enough credit for what they do in the world.  To see women being abducted, misused, mistreated and every other thing in the book it shows what kind of men we have in this world. Then what makes it worse is the issue is being ignored,” Mr Yola explained.

Where did Mr. Yola get this keen understanding of women’s rights and need for equality? Rapper Mr. Yola was born in New York and raised in Kentucky aka “The Bluegrass State” where he honed his rapping skills and developed a passion for music recording, engineering and producing.

Drawing musical inspiration from Cassidy, J Cole, Lil Wayne, Drake, rock outfit The Frey and dubstep music, Mr. Yola says his musical interests and inspiration is “all over the place.” But what really got things going was the gift of a laptop from his older brother. From there Mr. Yola kicked off his rap career with a group called Y4L and penned on of his first song, “Pretty Thangs” to critical acclaim locally.

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“As a kid I used to listen to my brother make lots of music until he handed me a laptop said ‘I need beats,'” Yola explained.

Shortly thereafter, Mr. Yola joined Big Heff who puts together a quarterly tour called the Streets Most Wanted Tour. Traveling nationwide and bringing artists to radio stations and clubs, Big Heffbrought along Mr. Yola after believing in his message and his sound while it is still growing and developing.

“Mind you, I’m just starting to grow my followers and streams are not even up yet ’cause we was still learning. One year later form when I started, we drop Abandon Me and in one-and-a-half months it gets over 100,000 stream.” Mr. Yola said.  “So many people love the song cause you can feel it, you can hear it, not someone talking trashy, just some old school vibes and a new generation wave. That’s what I call it, you definitely gotta check Abandon Me out.”

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Tru Judah’s “I’m Free” Is An Eclectic Slice Of Motivation & Faith

This ain’t church, and he ain’t your preacher.

With a sole mission to spread the Holy Spirit, South Sacramento native Tru Judah is a different kind of religiously inclined artist. Prominently, as an Israelite, which many will remember as being a group referenced on Kendrick Lamar’s “Yah” — a group strongly shrouded in misconceptions — this record, I’m Free, is full of powerful imagery, motivational gems, and insight into the personal journey of a man whose faith has taken him to a state of tranquillity amid the realities of today’s mentally taxing norms.

“I used the love the money, now I love Christ,” he laments — a sentiment that perfectly encapsulates the underlying theme of this project. The LP off the rip has an almost jarring amount of sonic diversity. From in your face trappish soundbeds, to lush funky vibes, it’s a musical journey that manages to escape any sense of baseline, never quite letting you leave your guard down; in the best way possible.

Off the rip of “King Son,” he firmly plants his faith like a flag into the peak of a mountain, almost aggressively challenging the faith of others; with cursing and an immediately recognizable sense of street appeal in his pen game, it becomes clear that this isn’t your average religiously inclined affair — a point Tru himself makes clear.

“This ain’t no church y’all, fuck your preacher I’m just throwing out gems and I hope they reach you,” he raps. For those who stick with it, it becomes clear the loving (almost OG level) of life lessons he’s dropping.

There are some definite standouts we found ourselves going back to more than a few times.

“The World Don’t Love Us,” which details the dire realities of a cousin’s life in prison amid the backdrop of the general socio-economic climate brown and black Americans, as well as “Comply Or Die,” which is a stern call to stop walking as opposed to marching against the violence and oppression that African Americans experience at the hands of authoritative bodies inject a sense of social intelligence into the tracklist.

“Dear Old Me” is a super soulful record — with a sexy horn and a dope scratch sample — that sees him taking a hindsight look at the demons of his past. Demons that told him he should kill himself (among other things). The track really illuminated the enduring spirit of the ‘new him’ who overcame his environment (the violent South Sacramento of the 90s). It also touches on some of the same elements as the equally shiny “I’m Free,” where he hammers in the freedom he’s achieved from the materialistic false narrative lens through which many live lives that do little to properly benefit themselves and their communities.

A record of this magnitude is quite ambitious and has the potential to turn some people off, which is a shame. Kanye once rapped “If this takes away from my spins, which will probably take away from my end, then I hope it takes away from my sins,” on the record “Jesus Walks.” A top to bottom listen quickly reveals he’s not here for the same commercial gain you’re likely to find elsewhere. Whether or not he succeeds in waking you up to the true 12 tribes of Israel, it’s impossible not to find a few motivational tidbits worth applying to your own outlook on things.

Press play.

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