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Mixtape Review: Joey Fatts – Chipper Jones EP Vol. 3

September 3rd, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Mixtape Review of Joey Fatts – Chipper Jones EP Vol. 3, Courtesy of Luke McCormick

Chipper Jones was one helluva baseball player. The dude spent his entire nearly 20 year career playing third base (with a two year sojourn starting in left field) for the Atlanta Braves retiring with a career .303 batting average and nearly 500 home runs. Year in and year out, barring the very, very occasional injury Chipper was good for an all star appearance, hitting for power and average, and filling it up at third base. For a young rapper like Joey Fatts, this a very interesting pro athlete to start naming projects after. But he’s doing a damn good job of mimicking the All Star, churning out what is now 3 mixtapes after his namesake. All three of the Chipper Jones volumes are serviceable rap tapes you’ll certainly enjoy then might not remember, but they’re getting the job done of putting bangers in your ears.

 

His newest release is the third in a series called simply, Chipper Jones. He’s not making reference to the baseball player in the intro or anything, he just turns out 10 tracks of very good rap music. Nothing too flashy. Kind of like a young Chipper.

 

Joey Fatts is 21-year-old (same age as Chipper when he debuted with the Braves) rapper/producer from Long Beach. He’s the cousin of Vince Staples and was “discovered” by A$AP Mob architect A$AP Yams. His first shine came when Yams and A$AP Rocky used one of Fatts’ beats for the Live.Love.A$AP bonus cut “Jodye”. But the young man also rapped, which is about all he’s doing on this third installment of the Chipper Jones EP series.

 

Only one track on the tape, “Million $ Dreams” is produced by Fatts. The rest of the tape comes from the likes of Cardo and Eli Myles. It has the same feel of all the A$AP work that made those dudes blow up. the dark drums and skittering high hats paired with sub Gregorian chants. Fatts, while an extremely capable rapper doesn’t have the blinding swagger or Rocky or even A$AP Ferg, so coupling his worthwhile flow with personal production chops would and could make the Cali kid stand out as more than a cursory member of A$AP Yams’ empire.

 

Fatts’ flow is a serviceable one. It stays in the same cadence for most all of the tape, riding along with the samey production and similar flows of the guest spots from A$AP dudes A$ton and Rocky (Rocky’s verse is so incredibly lazy. He rhymes “demon” with “Willie Beamen” and then with “demon” again) so it’s a surprise and respite in the middle of the tape to get hit with “Ended Up”, a J Lbs production that’s so sunny you could throw an Anthony Hamilton verse on it or something. The hook is relegated to Mansuy instead of just being shouted over and over by Fatts or an A$AP dude. Switch things up like this Fatts!

 

For Fatts to continue, or start to approach a Chipper Jones like run, he has to strive for more than just consistency. He shines brightest here when he reaches outside the sonic and flow mold of A$AP music coming before him. Hopping outside that A$AP comfort zone truly gives the dude a chance to become his own thing. Not just another rapper churning out many volumes of mixtapes. Hell, even Chipper won one MVP.

 

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