“Chuckie Campbell is an American hip hop artist who currently resides in Buffalo, NY. In the past, he’s taken home All WNY Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Performer and Best New Artist as well as Best of Buffalo Awards for Best Hip Hop Act and Best Original Music. Campbell commonly performs with a live band, including a full horn section, to make for a jazzy, eclectic approach to hip-hop filled with fluid instrumentation, lush musical arrangements, and heartfelt poetic nuance. Together, they have touched 46 states and two countries (Canada and Costa Rica), attended A3C as official artists (the largest hip hop music conference in the United States), SXSW (the largest music festival of its kind in the world), NXNE (the Canadian equivalent of SXSW held in Toronto, ON), and shared stages with hip hop legends such as Pharoahe Monch, EPMD, EnVogue, Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass, Pete Rock, Black Milk, Blueprint, Chris Rivers, Crooked I, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Tanya Morgan, and more.
In early 2013, Campbell’s song, “The Streets,” struck a chord with listeners all across the nation, when it amassed the most overall votes in The Grammy’s Amplifier Contest, accumulating 95,058 amps, listens and shares, more than any other artist in any other genre who participated in the contest. The song would be disqualified for “improper interpolations of other musical compositions,” meaning it used a sample, but amass a large and dedicated base of fans who followed his music. The following year, Campbell debuted his album, More Die of Heartbreak, garnering five star reviews and positive press from online and print outlets such as the Huffington Post, The Source, and Young Hollywood, while receiving selective honors along the way: Hiplanta Album of the Week; Young Hollywood Playlist Pick; Indie Music News Artist Feature; and Esente Center Stage Emerging Artist of the Week.
The album itself is often described as a return to form, drawing on a seven-year absence from hip-hop music, coming after a violent physical assault that left his jaw broken in two places. The project was dedicated to Ralph B. Prater, his close friend, and music mentor, also his unlawful attacker, who committed suicide in March of 2011.
When Esente Center Stage selected Campbell as their artist of the week, writer Peter Amara affirmed him as “super-lyrical” with words “that thrust the listener in the middle of the scenario,” praising the rapper for his “intricate wordplay” and “incredibly fast flow.” I am Entertainment Magazine said that Campbell “is very comparable to such lyricists as Nas, Dead Prez, Black Thought of The Roots, and Common (pre-movie star).” Kyle Jarmon, in his 5-star review of Campbell’s debut album said “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…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.””
The above is the lyric video to song. It is the second single from his new album Taking Back Tomorrow, remixing one of his better-known songs, “Synesthesia,” this time calling on the legendary status of Brooklyn, NY native, Talib Kweli. It is really dope to see him collab with one of the OG’s of NY rap for this. The song is hard-hitting and has a heartfelt message delivered by both emcees about colorblindness and race in the United States. It is definitely something that is being spoken about with race being a huge topic. There are many differences and it is interesting to see one white rapper and one rapper of color some together to spread this message. Not to get too political, but if more rappers used their platforms to speak on the injustices going on, maybe more people will pay attention instead of being oblivious to what is going on.
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