20 Songs, 1 Hour 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of Houston’s hardest working lyricists, Chamillionaire has been working overtime these past few years turning out dozens of his own ambitiously wordy verses as well as ghostwriting for the likes of Paul Wall and a host of lesser known Houston MCs. On Ultimate Victory Chamillionaire crafts more slick, sing-a-long hooks to consolidate his newfound popularity but is careful to balance hardcore lyricism and thoughtful production against the occasional flash of commercial gloss. The standout tracks here are among the best that Chamillionaire has ever produced. “Pimp Mode” sees him trading artful boasts with UGK’s Bun B, while on “Hip-Hop Police” Cham and Slick Rick rail against what they see as the media's hypocritical assault on Hip-Hop culture. Though these tracks prove that Chamillionaire can trade verse with some of the best MCs in the game, Ultimate Victory sports its share of filler, particularly the leaden “Party Like a Rockstar” knock-off “Rockstar” and the lazy lothario poses of “I Think I Love You”. Nonetheless, Ultimate Victory is a showcase for some of Chamillionaire’s finest verses and is well worth the attention of anyone interested in the Houston scene.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of Houston’s hardest working lyricists, Chamillionaire has been working overtime these past few years turning out dozens of his own ambitiously wordy verses as well as ghostwriting for the likes of Paul Wall and a host of lesser known Houston MCs. On Ultimate Victory Chamillionaire crafts more slick, sing-a-long hooks to consolidate his newfound popularity but is careful to balance hardcore lyricism and thoughtful production against the occasional flash of commercial gloss. The standout tracks here are among the best that Chamillionaire has ever produced. “Pimp Mode” sees him trading artful boasts with UGK’s Bun B, while on “Hip-Hop Police” Cham and Slick Rick rail against what they see as the media's hypocritical assault on Hip-Hop culture. Though these tracks prove that Chamillionaire can trade verse with some of the best MCs in the game, Ultimate Victory sports its share of filler, particularly the leaden “Party Like a Rockstar” knock-off “Rockstar” and the lazy lothario poses of “I Think I Love You”. Nonetheless, Ultimate Victory is a showcase for some of Chamillionaire’s finest verses and is well worth the attention of anyone interested in the Houston scene.

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About Chamillionaire

Dubbed "the Mixtape Messiah," Houston's Chamillionaire arrived late as a major-label artist during his city's 2005 takeover of mainstream rap -- the Top Ten Sound of Revenge, released during November that year, followed albums from Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and former Color Changin' Click partner Paul Wall -- but he had already built a loyal following outside the South and received significant print coverage. Through a prolific succession of mixtapes, Chamillionaire (born Hakeem Sediki) became known for his deep, versatile voice (he sings his own hooks very effectively) and lyrical ability. Originally part of Swishahouse, he switched to Paid in Full, where he and Paul Wall collaborated on 2002's Get Ya Mind Correct -- an album that sold 100,000 copies. Prior to inking his deal with Universal, he founded the Chamilitary label and began grooming the careers of brother Rasaq and 50/50 Twin. "Ridin'," off The Sound of Revenge, reached the top of the Billboard singles chart and was later nominated for a pair of Grammy Awards. The follow-up to Revenge, titled Ultimate Victory, was released in September 2007. ~ Andy Kellman

HOMETOWN
Houston, TX
BORN
November 28, 1979

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