I was really looking forward to seven hip-hop releases this month and Gift Raps wasn’t one of them (nothing against Chip, I just wasn’t really familiar with him outside of a few guest spots). However, this will probably go down as one of the best releases of the month and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it on my “top 11 albums of the year” list at the end of the year.
Like I said I didn’t really know much about Chip Tha Ripper – the only places I’ve heard him were with features on Kid Cudi’s albums and Pac Div’s Don’t Mention It. What really sparked my interest about this mixtape is the fact that Chuck Inglish from The Cool Kids produced this in its entirety. I’m a fan of The Cool Kids primarily for their production, and Gift Raps sounds like it could be a Cool Kids album. If you like The Cool Kids I’d really recommend downloading this especially since it was released for free.
For those unfamiliar with The Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish uses really stripped down beats with lots of kicks and snares in them. Instead of just making a 5-second beat and looping the beat the whole way through, he usually likes to switch things up a little bit throughout the song to make sure it doesn’t get stale. He creates a pretty unique sound and I’ve heard of people who aren’t big fans of hip-hop really enjoying what The Cool Kids do.
I’ve only been talking about the production so far but Chip Tha Ripper is a very talented rapper as well. If I had to compare him to anyone, I’d say his voice sounds like a mix of Gucci Mane and Kid Cudi when he’s rapping. That’s really selling Chip short though because he has a much better flow and is much more interesting to listen to than either of those rappers (I like Cudi and Gucci’s alright, but their rapping ability isn’t the main reason I like either one of them).
Gift Raps came out of nowhere for me but it was a pretty pleasant surprise. It was released on March 1st 2011 and as far as I’m concerned it’s the best release of the year up to that point. It’s making me want to go out and get some of Chip Tha Ripper’s earlier stuff as well. Score: 8.75/10