THROWBACK: Chip's '2010' holds relevance even today

THROWBACK: Chip's '2010' holds relevance even today


Chip has been at it recently after a fairly comical dispute with a ‘new gen’ artist. Thus, a record that held weight when it was released and it seems quite fitting for today, is ‘2010’ ft Wiley.

The conflict between young and old will forever reign, however with never ending talk of older rappers needing to respect the new wave. Maybe the youngers should recognise those who paved the way and leave there sporadic shots, arrogance, and somewhat disrespect at the door. This isn’t to say that either are right or wrong, there are just millions of perspective to be viewed. Maybe we need to run through just a couple before we lick out with disses, shots and boasts.

‘2010’ is a remix of an aggressive instrumental originally laid by Roscoe Dash and Soulja Boy ‘All The Way Turnt Up’ - here we see a melodically patterned record, whilst Chip comes with straight bars. Over an incredible, electric guitar melody, we hear Chip produce multiple flows, powerful bars, big one-liners and stand out statements. Addressing the scene, other MCs, his own skill, and others praying for his fall off.

This was originally premiered on DJ Target’s radio show in 2010, but most definitely holds relevance for today. Granted Chip has jumped out of grime at times, moved to pop, become less lyrical during, you could even say. But that was years ago. Since a good few years Chip has been producing great work and always kept a tight grip on lyricism when producing grime and rap. We can look at Chip as someone who hasn’t stuck with grime at times, I definitely did. But maybe we need to take a positive view on it and understand different perspectives - just like Hardy Caprio explains on ‘Lucky Me’. Chip has definitely paved way for artists, helped the grime scene incredibly, and always pushed boundaries - flowing on different genres; reaching heights with top tier artists; releasing a project every year since 2015; linking with new artists and holding respect from the veterans; and still seeking out sets and cyphers.

"Diss me, I won’t even diss you back.”
This is what Chip needs to focus on. Understood, that the scene would be phenomenal if there were move organised clashes from named artists. But also understood is that Chip has done too much to be bothered by small talk. Fans and young artists should remember how Chip came into the scene. And if you’re saying that the best grime days weren’t when Chip, Griminal, Ice, Brutal, and Shalokid were rolling around as youngers; then you’re mad. On the other hand, young MCs need to understand that guys like Chip have put in nearly (maybe even more) 15 years into music. There are levels. And although, I think that if an artist wants to clash, it shouldn’t matter if it’s a veteran or a newbie, I haven’t put in that same work as Chip so our perspectives won’t be the same. What’s important is that we understand that, and try to understand the other person. For the younger wanting to clash Chip, it seems all their perspective holds is the clash. If Chip wants to bar, the younger wants to bar, then what’s the problem. Chip not jumping into this, is interpreted as fear. The new gen artists are phenomenal, and they should pursue to climb up the levels; but with patience and understanding of the steps (and most are). To put it into context for the artist wanting to clash Chip, if I start MCing for 6 months, would he clash me? It’s relativity the same for Chip.
Hopefully Chip is successful in setting up some cyphers. However, a controlled clash would be gully. A battle between top tier rappers; improbable, but never say never.


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