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Editors’ Notes

A fast-rising young emcee from Richmond, Nio Tha Gift has been bubbling up for a minute, making a name for himself around Northern Cali. Unlike most new projects from the Bay or elsewhere, there are hardly any guest appearances here, giving Nio a proper platform to do his thing. The production is of the standard-issue claps-and-synths variety, but Nio's rhymes are definitely a cut above the usual streetwise hustler steez, with intelligent and quotable verses that get a lot deeper than most. On the moody and murky "Chain Reaction," he tells the story of "Lil JR with the AR who just bought a Smith and Wesson now he swore that he would spray y'all/Daddy dies young and single momma got laid off/Hear her talkin' 'bout stripping now he turnin' into A-Dog." It's higher-level crime rap similar to work by cats like The Jacka and Cormega. Check out "Convex Mirrors," "Do or Die," and "Take It Back."

Customer Reviews

Nio tha gift

The best rapper out of Richmond California and my favorite hip hop artist from the Bay Area. If you haven't heard his work I recommend that you listen to his album "h.i.p h.o.p". That album is amazing along with his mixtapes. Nio is a true artist and you will enjoy this album. Chain reaction is a single off the album. Check it out. 09 and forever.


This dude works hard, i'm glad he got a new album on iTunes! he is great live, he is a true bay area emcee! check out his stuff!

Great Music

This album has awesome diversity, Nio shows great versatility with a wife range of styles and flows. Dope album!!

The Hustler's Spirit, Nio tha Gift
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music
  • Released: Dec 18, 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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