Offering a dark depth to the hip hop scene, Chuckie Campbell's More Die of Heartbreak puts the rapper on the map. Each song exhibited is intensely reflective, offering observations intermingled with beats that are laid back and slanted to complement Campbell's voice.
On "Speak," Campbell provides a poetic vibe on the brainwashing and hoodwinking that is present in civilization, while "Behind Her Eyes," peers into the perspective of a woman on a course in the street life. The cut finds Campbell examining it to the nth degree with visual imagery scripted against the page as he spits into the mic.
"Father's Hands" finds Campbell introspective and the importance of fatherhood. On "A Moment In Time," the rapper speaks on memories, and the importance of supporting underground music. The lead single on the album, "Synesthesia" discusses how the rift in society is widening rather than closing and how healing cannot begin until the generational and social gaps stop.
The album borrows from Saul Bellow's novel which has the same name. It is explicitly experimental hip hop. Its lyrics moving from being gloomy to causing the listener to nod their head in both agreement and enjoyment. According to Campbell, "the album draws on the seven years after a violent physical assault that left my jaw broken in two places, an even that would affect nearly every other human relationship that took place afterward." More Die of Heartbreak is worth the experience not only for its lyrical depth but for each one of us who have been through something traumatic and prevailed.
More Die of Heartbreak is due to be released on December 21.
Final Grade: A
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