Reignfall by Chamillionaire on Apple Music

7 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the biggest rap stars to come out of Houston, Chamillionaire got his start in the late '90s, blowing up locally thanks to projects like Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow H-Town hero Paul Wall. After signing with Universal three years later, he dropped The Sound of Revenge: a hugely successful album that featured the smash hit "Ridin," which would eventually win him a GRAMMY and inspire Weird Al's parody song "White & Nerdy." Since then, he's released another quality album (Ultimate Victory) plus several mixtapes and EPs—even though the mainstream audience that briefly embraced anything and everything Houston-related has since moved on to tight pants and emo rap. While fans patiently wait for his upcoming full-length Poison, Chamillionaire hits us with Reignfall: an excellent seven-song joint that shows he hasn't lost a step. He's still one of the most lyrically gifted emcees from the South or otherwise. Everything here is great, especially "Go Get It," "Cloud 9," and the title track, which features Scarface, Killer Mike, and an absolutely classic old-school piano loop.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the biggest rap stars to come out of Houston, Chamillionaire got his start in the late '90s, blowing up locally thanks to projects like Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow H-Town hero Paul Wall. After signing with Universal three years later, he dropped The Sound of Revenge: a hugely successful album that featured the smash hit "Ridin," which would eventually win him a GRAMMY and inspire Weird Al's parody song "White & Nerdy." Since then, he's released another quality album (Ultimate Victory) plus several mixtapes and EPs—even though the mainstream audience that briefly embraced anything and everything Houston-related has since moved on to tight pants and emo rap. While fans patiently wait for his upcoming full-length Poison, Chamillionaire hits us with Reignfall: an excellent seven-song joint that shows he hasn't lost a step. He's still one of the most lyrically gifted emcees from the South or otherwise. Everything here is great, especially "Go Get It," "Cloud 9," and the title track, which features Scarface, Killer Mike, and an absolutely classic old-school piano loop.

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2:14
3:41
4:43
3:58
4:24
3:33
4:11

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

  • ORIGIN
    Houston, TX
  • BORN
    Nov 28, 1979

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