Chali 2Na is back on board to deliver the second installment of his Fish Market series, Fish Market Part 2, out June 8 on Decon Records. The renowned rapper is joined this time by compatriot DJ Dez Andres (of Slum Village fame), and the classic pairing of MC and DJ is an exciting return to form. The two combine their efforts to create an album that plays like a mixtape and ultimately deliver one of the strongest hip-hop records of 2010.
From his formative years battling at the legendary Good Life Grocery in Los Angeles to selling out crowds of thousands around the world with Jurassic 5, the Chicago-born MC has criss-crossed the hip-hop landscape for nearly 20 years. Chali's reputation precedes him, and he relishes the opportunity to step outside of the box with his new album. The Fish Market series are releases comprised of obscure gems and unreleased heaters culled from archives of guest-appearances, b-sides and passion projects and Fish Market Part 2 is undoubtedly the baritone-born MCs most interesting work to date.
For the second volume in the series, Chali stretches his baritone over a varied framework of instrumentals. On "Across The Map", J-Live assists as tidal waves of cadence crash over punchy horns, eastern strings and timeless boom-bap. Never stagnant though, Chali doesn't hesitate to flip the script and systematically dismantle Rusko's dubstep on "Gadget Go Go" with a tangled double-time flow. It's moments like this that remind us that even when he stylistically casts a wide net, Chali 2na is a rapper's rapper at the core.