Chuckie Campbell Dazzles on 'More Die of Heartbreak'
In the time it took for me to write this review, at least a dozen new mixtapes and albums have come out that fall under the Hip-Hop or Rap umbrella. Sorting through all of it to separate the wheat from the chaff can be a tricky endeavor; however, every so often, amidst the dozens of things we are sent on a daily basis, some stand out.
Chuckie Campbell's latest album, More Die of Heartbreak, is a well-crafted album, one which features both singles and a cohesive story throughout. Written as a reflection on the last seven years of his life, including the assault which left him with a broken jaw, as well as his friend Ralph B. Prater for whom the album is dedicated to after his suicide in March 2011.
The lead single of the album is the fifth track on the album, "Synesthesia," a poignant song only featuring himself. While more the rule than the exception, there are a number of guests on the album including a pair of extremely high-profile features.
On "Against the Grain," Campbell brought in Cappadonna of unofficial Wu-Tang Clan fame, as well as contributions from Block McCloud and Solomon Childs. Elsewhere, guest spots can be heard from both Willie and Erin Breeding as well as Cole Jonique.
Other tracks to check out are "Speak" and "Behind Her Eyes." Overall, this is a well-crafted album, which tastefully uses guests in order to complement the existing songs while showing a keen eye for production and aesthetics.