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Jean Grae & Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine (Review)

April 12, 2018

It's 2018 and everything is not fine. With the current chaotic state of the U.S. government, gun violence issues, racism and fake news, but it seems we regressed. During this current climate of madness it's totally understandable that people choose to seek out distractions and tune out the harsh realities of life today. Jean Grae and Quelle Chris assist in that escape with their new collab album sarcastically titled "Everything Is Fine" a satirical ode to 2018's current state of events. This dynamic eclectic duo is a match made in Hip-Hop heaven. Brooklyn's own indie Hip Hop heavyweight Jean Grae is well known for her work with Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Pharoah Monch. She has 4 studio albums and countless EPs and mixtapes. Her partner in rhyme Detroit rapper, producer and fiance Quelle Chris has 5 studio albums under his belt along with many other collaborative projects. The two make a clever and artistic attempt to make sense of all the nonsense currently going on in the world, carefully balancing dark humor with hard truth.

"Everything is fine" is 15 tracks with plenty of witty commentary and humorous skits featuring comedians Hannibal Buress, Michael Che (SNL), John Hodgman (The Daily show) additional appearances by Your Old Droog and Anna Wise, among others. Stand out tracks include "My Contribution To This Scam" with it's robotic-like refrain and dreary drums, they hilariously poke fun at some of the stereotypes and cliches going on in the Hip Hop culture as well social media. Accompanying the ominous baselines and Jazzy drums in"Gold purple orange" Quelle and Grae tackle the subject of individuality and being yourself despite stereotypical social standards. Jeanie proves she's here for the long run and plays no games in "zero" her cryptic bars and witty flow match perfectly with the blippy arcade style soundscape cleverly created by Quelle. This album definitely stands out with a unique creative off kilter sound that just makes sense. Jean and Quelle have undeniable chemistry and make it work, giving us a therapeutic comedic escape into thinking "Everything Is Fine".



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