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Published on June 30th, 2018 | by Sneakerwire Harris

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Chevy Woods ’81 Mix-tape

Chevy Woods of Taylor Gang, collaborates with Wiz Khalifa to drop the mix-tape 81, named after his year of birth. Woods brings that “Rafe”, Rolls Royce Wraith, music to the table, and it bumps. God heals all wounds, and when the money gets long it eases the growing pains. Fresh rhymes from top to bottom, Chevy Woods stunts on each track.  This mix-tape is about getting to the money, the soundtrack of cinematic beat schemes prove life is a movie.  Interludes add to the conformity of musical elements. The mix-tape drifts like water—wavy.

Native of Pittsburgh, PA Chevy made his name on the indie scene sidelining Wiz Khalifa. Still pushing theme  “Gang S#%t Only” he speaks to the squad up mentality. Peering through gun bars, the sports synonyms paired with vast metaphors whip the tape, consistently. This is the lightest mood we’ve seen Chevy Woods, focusing on his pockets and women, he genuinely sounds like he’s smirking on every track, as opposed to the block conscious bars listeners are used too. The whole mix-tape is well orchestrated. Strategically bringing the nastiest track as the Intro, to the tranquil exit track, “For the Record,” showing respect to Pusha T.  Chevy Woods sounds seasoned on the microphone, despite being a new rapper, maintaining great control in a bi-lateral rhyme scheme.

You can’t copyright the Taylor Gang swag stamp. In this LP he brought the rap ego back. This is the new wave of rap, focused on respect, in which we pray for less redundancy or repetitiveness. Rappers like Woods bring a bold technicality to verses. These bars take on their own life, and come straight for your neck. The bravado of a street dealer is what Woods represents. It goes back to when street hustlers with the gold links and pagers were bigger than rap. A time when the persona of a man, no matter how street evolved, could give life to the neighborhood itself.

The emergence of crews like Taylor Gang, Odd Future, ASAP Mob, keep the authenticity within hip hop. The spirit of a hustler lives in these bars. The configuration of the rhymes prove a block burner can be consciences, and there is no crime in holding your head high, and enjoying life. Bars shouldn’t equal perfection, the flaws are what makes them unique. Often times grabbing a microphone can be like walking with God– circa the God Emcee Rakim.  Chevy Woods knows he’s dope. The listener feels the elements of “Survival of the Fittest” all predetermined on a gold chain. This is a solid LP from an independent rapper. Support the barbarians of the evolving rap game. One of these guys just might be the next up.  Chevy Woods never fails to leave you in a Pittsburgh State of Mind.


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About the Author

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, J. Sneakerwire Harris is an established Writer and Sneakerhead. As a veteran to the artistry, she respects the daily grind, and attempts to lace readers with a mutual love for Hip Hop. Published in The Online Siccness Blog, Thisis50.com, among other magazines. Sneakerwire brings her raw, uncut writing style to The Hype Magazine audience.


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