Before a few days ago, Chris Allen wasn’t necessarily a name on my rap radar. His remix for Kanye’s “Real Friends” actually came on courtesy of SoundCloud’s continuous play function and his bars got my attention. With ‘Ye setting the theme for song, any rapper can pick it up to put their interpretation on it. Allen does it with a lot of honesty, tackling topics ranging from family and friends before looking in the mirror to take stock in his career.
“I’m sick of hittin’ this music,
I’m sick of shakin’ y’all hands,
I’m sick of layin’ sick verses
And never gettin’ no fans
So f*ck this rap shit,
I kinda think I need to make a move
The timing’s wrong but I just hate to lose”
After that deep exhale, Allen gathers his composure and continues to slay each line. By the end of the track, he’s singing, “It’ll be okay” and, with the performance he showed here, I believe it’ll be okay, too.