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Album Review: Chill Moody's "Freshmen, Take Cover"

by Drew Daniels
West Philly rapper says Nice Things on his sixth and latest mixtape.

If you don’t know who Chill Moody is by now then you’ve been sleeping on Philly hip hop. It’s time you get out of bed.

On his sixth mixtape, Freshmen, Take Cover, (named after the finishing bar of his Power 99 ComeUp show performance),  Moody comes with an honest, versatile flow, quality production and collaborations with some of Philly’s nicest young MCs to prove that he’s ready for the Varsity squad.

Chill’s effortless flow, backed by an array of producers (Dilemma, Joe Logic, Scanz, Wes ManChild, Sepalot) takes the vibe of this mix from the club (“In My City”) to the couch (“MF Doom Freestyle”) to the bedroom (“So in Love”) without skipping a beat. His candid and creative lyricism flows seamlessly through topics, making this release less like a mixtape and more like an album.

This honest delivery and his art of balancing are what set Moody at the head of his class. Whether he’s flaunting skills or self-mocking, he does so in a voice of his own that any fan of real, lyrical hip hop will appreciate.  

If a modest self-claim lists Moody as a Freshman, I’m looking forward to seeing what Sophomore year has in store.

And, Clint Coley, as for what’s in Chill’s bookbag? Fellow Freshman All-Star and recent Red Bull EmSee  victor, Mic Stew had this to say,  “One time he was rocking with me when I opened for Inspectah Deck. I was running late (aka operating on standard rap time) and about a half hour into the event I was sweating like a fat girl and realized I forgot to deodorize. My man had a stick of deodorant in his backpack!!! Crisis evaded. NICETHINGS!”

Nice things, indeed.

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