Album Reviews: The Sound of Revenge by ChamillionaireNot too long ago, the southern rapper known as Chamillionaire stated that the best form of revenge was success. With the release of his debut album, this Houston native brings that statement to life. This 21-track album immediately places him among the best the South has to offer.
One of the best elements of Chamillionaire's style is the soul-driven hooks that he provides. While his rhymes are a mixture of intelligence, wit, and observation, his hooks are so incredibly smooth and catchy that the listener immediately is compelled to start the track all over again. As the subject matter changes from song to song, so does his style. Whether firing his rhymes off rapidly or being slow and methodical, Chamill never misses the mark. On the Scott Storch-fueled hit "Turn it up," he rides the crunked-out track with a rare mixture of flair, intelligence and personality. Taking a page out of the Notorious B.I.G.'s book, Chamill goes toe to toe with the lyrical swiftness of Bone Thugs member Krayzie Bone. Krayzie represents just one of the many guest appearances on this album. The album also features Southern legends Killer Mike, Pastor Troy, Bun B, Lil Wayne, and Scarface.
Chamill possesses the great talent of being able to integrate trends in music ("Southern Takeover," "Radio Interruption") and real life stories ("Think I'm Crazy," "Rain," "Void In My Life") seamlessly; it's obvious that these are issues/stories that are close to his heart and not mere hit-making attempts. While many rappers make claims that they are the best, when Chamillionaire boldy states, "In Houston I am number one like I am in the place of Mcgrady," the listener can't help but agree. If this is what revenge sounds like, fans can only hope that he will continue to have this drive on future projects. -- Jason Kordich
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