Chuckie Campbell – Love Leaves A Witness
Is it just me or is rap and hip-hop fractioning into sub-genres? There’s a big difference between Post Malone, Lil Pump and Lil Peep (R.I.P) on one side (“emo-rap”), and Logic, Kendrick Lamar, and G-Eazy on the other. Conscious hip-hop finds itself in its own subcategory, striking a balance of emotional deliverabes while maintaining the classic simplicity of the genre. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good manic Slim Shady lyric, but there is a special place in my heart for conscious rap and hip-hop. There is a certain kind of vulnerability that is required to connect with fans on such a personal level.
I’d like to highlight a reemerging artist in this sub-genre. Recently, Chuckie Campbell dropped Love Leaves a Witness, featuring Nicole Atkins. This is the first single off his upcoming album Taking Back Tomorrow. Campbell isn’t new to the music scene, but has been quiet since his debut album, More Die of Heartbreak, dropped in 2014.
Chuckie is known for his lyricism. He has been compared to other conscious hip-hop artists such as Nas and Common. This is high praise, and it’s not given lightly. Campbell raps about his life and hardships, but ultimately finds peace within himself, “remembering that I was never really lost.” Love Leaves A Witness is powerful and thought-provoking, but also catchy AF. The instrumentals do more than compliment the intensity of Campbell and his voice. They peak and valley with the lyrics and story told in Love Leaves a Witness. Nicole Atkins croons in the chorus; she is the constant inner voice inside all of us that combats our sins with hope.
Songs like this hit me straight in the feels. Lyrics like “enough of whatever you need to stay breathing enough of whatever to keep you from feeling enough” show Campbell’s ability to toss out a rhyme, but also that he gets it. Whatever shitty “life-cards,” were dealt, Chuckie Campbell gets it. Love Leaves a Witness is Campbells promise, based on his own experiences, that it’s all going to be ok.
It is no wonder that in the past, Chuckie Campbells music has been described as “worth the experience not only for its lyrics depth but for each one of us who have been through something traumatic and prevailed” (Peter Amara, Esente Center Stage). Love Leaves a Witness mirrors Peter Amara’s review, and I have high hopes for Taking Back Tomorrow.
Listen to Love Leaves A Witness by Chuckie Campbell below.