Arkansas rapper Yung Chiefa Don is bridging the gaps between the grit of the old school and the punch of contemporary hip-hop. He notes that his “earnest lyricism” is one of his most endearing assets. The Little Rock rapper explores real-life topics and stays true to his origins, while exploring new territories and always setting the bar higher for himself in terms of music—and innovation. From his stage name to his antics, Yung Chiefa Don lives what he talks about in his songs.

Take a listen to his latest single, “Check,” a wavy blend of melodic bars and bass.