14 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A card-carrying member of the Hall of Justus collective, and best known for his work with Little Brother, Foreign Exchange, and Sean Price, Bronx MC Chaundon appeared on a slew of projects before dropping his official solo debut Carnage in 2008. Following several good mixtapes (Black Dynamite, Black Dynamite's Revenge, Baby Making Music), he returns with No Excuses, this time enlisting more obscure producers like M-Phazes, Ill Ming, and DK the Punisher. The subject matter here ranges from straight up rhyme bravado ("Y'all Don't Want It") to the trials and tribulations of life on the road ("Home Sick") to several good joints about the dichotomy of females ("Nice Girl," "The Blacker the Berry," and "Crazy"). While nothing here is necessarily groundbreaking, there is no denying the dude has a burly flow and a gift with wordplay. Not overtly thugged-out, hyper sensitive, or full of himself, Chaundon is strong all-around rapper, and this is a solid release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A card-carrying member of the Hall of Justus collective, and best known for his work with Little Brother, Foreign Exchange, and Sean Price, Bronx MC Chaundon appeared on a slew of projects before dropping his official solo debut Carnage in 2008. Following several good mixtapes (Black Dynamite, Black Dynamite's Revenge, Baby Making Music), he returns with No Excuses, this time enlisting more obscure producers like M-Phazes, Ill Ming, and DK the Punisher. The subject matter here ranges from straight up rhyme bravado ("Y'all Don't Want It") to the trials and tribulations of life on the road ("Home Sick") to several good joints about the dichotomy of females ("Nice Girl," "The Blacker the Berry," and "Crazy"). While nothing here is necessarily groundbreaking, there is no denying the dude has a burly flow and a gift with wordplay. Not overtly thugged-out, hyper sensitive, or full of himself, Chaundon is strong all-around rapper, and this is a solid release.

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About Chaundon

Part of Little Brother's larger North Carolina collective the Justus League, Chaundon was born in the Bronx and first started to pen rhymes when he was 13 years old. He came into contact with each of the members of Little Brother in 1999 after transferring to North Carolina Central University in Durham from Barber Scotia College in Concord, NC. The hardcore lyricist played an integral role in building the Justus League as a credible source of hip-hop music in North Carolina; in particular, he discovered producer Khrysis, who has helped critically define the collective's sound along with 9th Wonder. In terms of promoting himself, his approach was very dogged. He extended himself all over campus, performing at shows, local clubs, and radio stations. That work ethic, of course, translated to recording and produced a number of mixtapes, including his first, Slow Leaks, in 2003. As he waited to put out his own full-length, the Durham-via-Bronx rapper made guest appearances on albums by his fellow League brethren, like Little Brother's controversial The Minstrel Show (2005) and L.E.G.A.C.Y.'s Project Mayhem (2005). Finally, Hall of Justus Music Group, Chaundon's label home, attained a distribution deal with Defend, which issued the MC's first proper LP, Carnage, in 2008. ~ Cyril Cordor

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