SINGLE REVIEW: Still Up by Chris B

43582726_1844946552289243_4611337335802429440_n.jpgChris B is a hip hop/RnB artist from Lake Elsinore, California. He has been making music since 2009 having learnt to become completely autonomous, writing, recording and producing himself. He has also set up his own label and released five albums back to back, as well as working with Strange Music. His hit track Only Human ft. Krizz Kaliko was featured in Hip Hop Weekly magazine in 2016, and he cites Krizz as a an influence along with Eminem and Yela Wolf.

This track, Still Up, is a hip hop/RnB track with a positive and defiant message taken from his latest album Reflection. After a short intro that sets the tone, Chris B enters over a punchy beat with an immediately fluent lyrical style and delivery. He first depicts the internal struggles he is going through: “Every night gets hard to sleep…..stress is flowing through my veins, you can see the agony…..”. Then he switches to a positive tone and sends a defiant message to his detractors.

It leads to a memorable chorus refrain with language that is not for the easily offended: “Now I finally got my sh*t together, people hate that I’m so f***ing clever, I was doing bad, now I’m much better, the way its lifted now, I’m floating like a feather…”. In the second verse, he shows his skills with some rapid fire delivery and verbal dexterity that lays down the gauntlet to Eminem, who is now past his best.

Overall, this is a visceral but ultimately uplifting hip-hop track from an artist who wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s managed to incorporate the influences of his hip-hop heroes and forged his own style, full of attitude and energy. He has already built up an enormous fanbase and Still Up should only help increase it. Perhaps Chris B is poised to take the hip hop throne from Eminem.

 

VERDICT: 8.5 out of 10 

Alex Faulkner

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