New York always seems to have a connection to hip-hop’s roots and most celebrated historical eras stronger than that of other cities. It’s something that can be heard just as much in the more globally renowned, mainstream artists from the city as it can in the more grassroots and underground scene that’s always alive and bubbling with new sounds. In all modern New York hip-hop, it seems a nostalgia bleeds through that in one way or another builds upon the existing storyline of hip-hop history, commands respect for the artists, and invites a wide and varied fan base comprised of listeners young and old.
So, it’s no surprise that Brooklyn-born artist, Chuck Strangers, has put together a debut album so reminiscent of New York’s storied past. What is surprising is just how relevant and modern it sounds when gauged through the lens of the current scene. The young producer and emcee has a long relationship with music, and though he’s exploded onto the scene over the past year stemming from his lead up singles to Consumer Park, he’s had a creative and productive friendship with Joey Bada$$ for years, boasts an impressive and loyal SoundCloud following dating back to 2010, and has been making music since childhood. Consumers Park is simply the culmination of a long story.
But don’t confuse the culmination with an end. Though the project is masterfully produced with a new-age take on old school techniques, brimming with his meditative flow and dedicated lyricism, and is highlighted by guest spots from fellow New Yorkers, Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, and Issa Gold, it’s clear that Consumers Park is simply the next checkpoint on what’s sure to be a long road ahead for Chuck Strangers.
Any fan of hip-hop from any era will find plenty to love and respect about the project.