In hip-hop, people would have you believe that authenticity is easily marketable. And it is — if the artist is talking about long nights in the kitchen, standing wearily over a pot. Or roaches in their bedroom in their adolescence. All while rocking too many chains and bracelets and kicks from Neiman Marcus. More power to them, but what about the cats who are speaking from a different angle? Far and between.
Chilly Chills from Mechanicsville is one of those rappers in the latter group. A breath of fresh air. It’s not like he doesn’t identify with the stories rappers tell, but his “realness” comes from another place. It’s all personal and sincere and far too sticky to put a hood sheen on it for dollars and a badge that reads ‘Real N*gga Sh*t.’
“Now I’m hopping outta big wheels like a toddler, I was hanging in the Ville with bullet showers, I was using the poetry like umbrellas, I ca’ tell that my music really got power… ”
We all from the same hood but Chilly Chills is talking about it from the inside.
Cop his new Blessings EP from iTunes.