Chinx – CR6 (Review)

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Years after the death of Coke Boys member Chinx, we get his third posthumous release. With such a gap in-between releases, the previous one releasing in 2016 & a myriad of features releasing in the meantime, it gave a feeling that there wasn’t much material left in the vault. Surprisingly, this newest release turned out to be another worthy entry into his catalog.

Kicking off the album with a classic hip hop chant in the mix, Chinx sounds like as good ever on “Straight Out The Gate.” Its a performance that has the more subdued energy of Cocaine Riot 4, feeling almost like an immediate throw back in time. To this day there’s not an artist that can fill his voice & melodies, so to hear him in a prime state is one of the most satisfying experiences.

Meanwhile, “Jackpot” has that moving & booming bass that feels reminiscent of tracks like “Dope House” off of CR5. Just like those tracks, Chinx ditches the melodies & trades it for a song of all bars. A blunt delivery makes every line poignant, staying with you from each bar being a memorable flex.

Chinx – Jackpot

A few tracks here get the support of features, such as “Check This Out” featuring Benny The Butcher. With a Chinx feature on Harry Fraud’s collab with Benny, The Plugs I Met 2, we know that this is a genuine connection as Benny has talked about his connection to the Coke Boys as far back as 2011. Benny’s performance is as good as any of his more modern features, and Chinx’s hooks are well executed against the cinematic backdrop of a beat.

There are a few misses in the tracklist unfortunately. “Rollin In The Dope” is interesting because of its sample of Pure Magic’s track “I Get High,” as well as the usage of a NY drill beat. Chinx however is barely on the track, handling a very small portion of the track as CokeBoy Zack takes up most of the song. If Chinx were alive, its a track that could’ve been done flawlessly, but in its current state its disappointing.

With the release of the previous album, Legends Never Die, it was easy to assume that the vault was running dry. Yet the tracklist is balanced as well as possible, providing a decent range of new beats as well as full tracks from his peak. Its easy for a posthumous release to feel cobbled together, using scraps to make something that barely feels like that artist’s album. That never becomes an issue here though.

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