Rapper Chow Mane Releases Carefree ‘South Bay Summer’
Today marks the release of Chow Mane’s new EP, South Bay Summer, featuring collaborations with Guapdad4000, AllBlack, Oksami, and Kitt Mae, all hailing from the Bay Area.
While NorCal wages war on COVID-19 and struggles with a massive outbreak of wildfires, Chow Mane decided the region could use some upbeat music to lighten the load.
Chow Mane explains, “This summer has been so serious and dark, so I wanted to bring some lightheartedness to it with this new EP.”
Simultaneous with the EP’s release, Chow Mane is also unveiling the music video for “San Jose,” a track celebrating the waning days of summer.
Encompassing 11-tracks, the EP starts off with “SJ to Salinas,” opening on slinky, strident synths flowing into a tasty trap beat with a subterranean bassline and light snapping percussion. Chow Mane’s stylish, husky flow imbues the lyrics with optimistic redolence.
Speaking subjectively, entry points include “Fronto Garden,” featuring Sawhee, a song blending smooth R&B textures with the muscle of a velvety trap beat. The amalgamation of the two rappers’ just-right flows give the tune cashmere silky surfaces.
Featuring AllBlack, “Silk Road” merges frenetic jazz savors with cool, almost wild, hip-hop dynamics, resulting in a popping tune surging with intense momentum. “Xanadu” features the talents of Oksami, delivering a slow, gleaming rhythm topped by luscious rapping harmonies, as the two artists strut their vocal gifts.
“Puff Bar Baby” travels on nursery-rhyme-like colors, attended by effervescent bubbling hues as Chow Mane rolls out melodic verses accented by luminous harmonies. This is definitely one of the best tracks on the EP.
The last track, “San Jose,” begins with a sample of Dionne Warwick’s contagious hit song of the same title. As the pop-tinted harmonies fill the backdrop, Chow Mane offers a scrumptious blend of scatting-like tones with rap-lite tangs, imbuing the rhymes with buoyant relish.
South Bay Summer is just what the doctor ordered to add a final polish to the vanishing dog days of summer — a glossy collection of deluxe hip-hop.