Chris Landry first started writing and recording his own music at age 14, when he was first discovered by R&B hitmaker Bobby V., who offered him a recording contract with his label Blu Kolla Dreams, under which he released his non-album single, “House Party.” The 21-year-old Houston rapper/songwriter later went on to join the imprint, Black Kings Entertainment, in 2016, under which released his 12-song Something to Prove EP.
His new mixtape, Sacrifices, is the young rapper’s first in four years, following the highly acclaimed, Sky Scrappers (2014). Unlike his earlier mixtape, the album does not include featured guests Fat Pimp, Travie Trav, or Dontrell.
It does, however, open with the title track “Sacrifices” featuring Canadian-Jamaican reggae musician Mysta on the intro track from producer Jordon Lumley, which he follows with the street banger “Key to My City,” produced by Yung Lan.
Landry flexes his vocal ability on the track, “Where We Came From,” a downtempo trap track produced by HeavyKeyzz and IceStarr, which he follows with “Feelings” an emotional and introspective rap about a lost lover clinging to the arms of another man.
“Last Forever,” is one of the more memorable moments featured on the mixtape. Apart from its modern pop sound, the song is uniquely different than the rest of the album. Produced by Sdotfire, the song has a wavy melody to it, which is comprised of a mixture of keys and strings.
Another noteworthy track, “Friend Zone,” speaks to issues we’ve all encountered when it comes to relationships with this auto-tune heavy track from producer NSoul, which he follows with yet another emotionally heavy track, “Gangsta Cry,” in which the young rapper delves into with a story from his own personal life experiences with his grandfather and other loved ones who passed on.
The lead single “Money Moves,” was produced by MacOnDaTrack and released on New Year’s Day. It also included a music video, directed by Millie X Media, which follows the young rapper from his Houston home to the recording studio. The mixtape comes to a close with the track, “Consequences,” a modern trap anthem ending things on a strong yet impactful note.
Chris Landry is believed to be Houston’s next breakout rapper. But while his overall popularity has not yet even begun to pique, his musicianship and skill level continues to impress. We can certainly expect to hear more great things from Landry in the future.
RATING: 4 /5
LISTEN: CHRIS LANDRY – ‘SACRIFICES’
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