Album Review: "Nice Days" by Chef McKenzie (7/10)

Distributed by: Fervor Records

Producers: Chef McKenzie, Basshaus & Will Prinzi

Ever since hip-hop turned into a caricature of itself, rhymes regarding the mechanics of sex (“Up & Down”) and making bank (“Count Da Loot”) seem antiquated. Regardless, here comes Jamaican lyricist Chef McKenzie, so named because he runs a food truck. As if to make certain his material remains sufficiently cliché, McKenzie sprinkles n-bombs throughout. (Note: clean takes exist for the linguistically sensitive.) Yet while the Queens, NY-raised hustler sinks low regarding content, his game raises high with unstoppable flow and silky smooth beats.

Check out the album on all major stream platforms and YouTube Music.