Rarely does the world of hip hop produce a timeless artist whose substance and sound cross over various eras and sub-genres. Even rarer is that artist a songwriter, producer, and engineer. Enter Chizabam. The Atlanta-native, Dallas-cultured creative knows all too well about the importance of work ethic, resourcefulness, and ownership. Traces of these qualities can be found in his back story.
Years ago, his father immigrated from Nigeria to the US, where he worked in various industries, often having more than one job at a time. He then went on to start a luxury car and limousine service, thereby providing for Chizabam’s family throughout the artist’s upbringing. In his father he saw a self-driven determination to succeed and from him he learned the importance of work ethic and understanding business.
Fast forward to today, the young entrepreneur is definitely showcasing his musical prowess and business savviness. His new album Lone Star Nights is a culmination of experiences that he’s had on his journey from Atlanta to the lone star state of Texas. The album makes for a cultural banger, fusing heavy 808 trap-lo-fi vibes with captivating flows and at other times delivering melodic bars with unique cadences and arrangements.
Out the gate, the classical-themed intro builds suspense for what’s to come. Then it follows up with ‘Mustard’, a strong persona anthem-like banger. It’s as though the listener immediately enters the Lone Star Night. Excitingly, The project is full of substantive content that builds the case for his legacy. For example, his song ‘Lone Ranger’ tells a story of Chris, a young man deeply immersed in the streets, who only knows a life of organized crime and artificial relationships with women. Chris is the archetype of a minority born into impoverished circumstances with limited opportunities. The track is delivered with such passion and precision that listeners might feel that they’re directly related to Chris.
In another instance, we find a song called ‘Building A Nation’. This heartfelt vibe is a motivational masterpiece. From the opening, the track almost has somewhat of an eerie feel. The image of him ‘staring up at the sky’ reflecting on what is and what lies ahead can be instantly visualized.
What’s even more exciting about this piece of work is Chizabam’s versatility. Track such as Beltline, Fuego, and Floating display his ability to branch out the traditional atmospheric realm of hip hop. With his dynamic delivery and melodic tunes, he places him in a different class. From the peace state to the lone star state and beyond, this young talent is providing that he’s the real deal. Therefore, to reference the album’s outro, don’t get caught ‘Sleep Walking’ on this one.