CHEECH’s performance style has a really unique presentation to it. His latest release, a self-titled collection of songs, includes the gradually developing and particularly unpredictable and spacious “Hot Steppa”, and this is just a fraction of what his songwriting amounts to.
The song has something of a nineties R&B and hip hop feel to it, though the instrumentation seems to be much more closely connected with a somewhat modern production style. CHEECH is one of the amazing singers from Toronto and he knows how to deliver a song with a good vibe to the audience as well.
It’s a brilliant track, nostalgic in a way as it has a touch of hip-hop subgenres that focused intently on unpredictable storytelling and entertainment. The rhythm of it all is infectious, the rhyme scheme seems to last forever at first, quickly familiarizing you with the energy and sound. The following first verse brings pace and weight – the confidence and the performance far outweigh the simple quickness or volume of the delivery. The unison works well, you can easily get lost in the vibe, and as CHEECH gives off an attractive brightness that makes you want to hear more of his stories.
This single has the musical bliss of any great hip-hop release, yet what’s enjoyable here is the minor touch of lyricism that reinforces that concept and that motivational energy of the music. You feel inclined to seize the moment, as the track does. The experience is less than three minutes, a surprisingly radio-worthy release for a producer of music designed to enlighten your head-space. The ambiance is as eclectic and interesting as ever, beautiful even, in the way these sounds and synths have been crafted and combined. Much more than this though, the pace and brightness of the track’s rhythm drive their way into your consciousness from the first few moments.
You only need to listen once and it’s with you, which is great – many of the best songs do exactly this. The second time you listen the opening riff is instantly recognizable, as is the leading voice, the melody, then the soundscape, the organic realness, and the harmonies. The song comes with a huge touch of nostalgia, yet in essence, it’s something you haven’t heard before at all, which makes it gorgeously refreshing. The sort of songs that make up the bulk of your driving playlists. The sort of songs you can’t help but turn the volume up for. It’s really a powerful new release and an exciting time to get involved with this amazing soul.