Innocent Country 2

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys - Innocent Country 2
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2020 Ratings: #61
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Although less heady than more recent entries in Chris’ discography, Innocent Country 2 feels like a cohesive album glued together by positive proclamations that feel both triumphant and encouraging; a remedy for these recent times, and a powerful vehicle for happier living in the future.

The Needle Drop

The sequel to Quelle Chris and Chris Keys' Innocent Country is one of the rapper's most sobering efforts and continues his winning streak.

The bohemian Detroit rapper’s latest collaboration with producer Chris Keys feels as blissful as a beer buzz on a hot summer afternoon.
Keys' productions are generally clean and polished, filled with jazzy pianos and warm rhythms rather than the more disjointed sample-choppery of before. Quelle's rhymes focus on maintaining sanity and happiness throughout all of life's obstacles, and while these are easily his most mature lyrics to date, he still injects the album with plenty of satire and surrealism.
I really enjoy reviewing albums that i love, it feels good to give out these positive scores. This is not only my favourite Quelle Chris album, but it’s also one of my favourite albums of all time. I remember reviewing it when it came out, i gave it a score of around 80. Then over the course of the year it stayed in my rotation heavily. Hell, it’s even in my rotation now. It’s something that I haven’t stopped listening to. The album is just so relatable and charming. I ... read more
Review time! Time to make a review! ...dear god am I out of my league here.

I mean what can I say? What can I humanely say to convey the emotions I felt while listening to this project? Like sure, I can go the standard reviewer route and talk about the lyrical themes and production choices here. But that just doesn't feel right to me. This album is to ethterial and too masterfully composed for me to just simply believe I can cover every individual aspect of it. It's just, goddamn ... read more
Quelle Chris is a precious rapper, whom I discovered in 2013 on his mixtape Ghost at the Finish Line and who has progressed enormously in the last few years. Not only does Innocent Country 2 show how true the point I made is, but it also shows that it is possible to release volumes 2 well above his previous one, a risky but winning bet. First of all, I would like to point out that Quelle Chris is a rapper who stands out for his style, against the current of modern rap, more commercial, but ... read more
Since I loved Quelle Chris' "Guns" last year, I thought it would be cool to visit this album first in a rather lacking weekend for new releases. I haven't listened to the first "Innocent Country", but this second installment is pretty enjoyable. Quelle Chris' rapping and lyrics are still great and the production is really pretty. I wish the aesthetics were a bit more diverse, as the sameyness can make the album feel pretty long winded, but I still loved some of the tracks ... read more
I could really use some nice and jazzy hip hop right about now, so in comes Quelle Chris & Chris Keys with a collaboration album that's relatively lowkey and laid back but an album I really enjoyed through and through. I really enjoy Chris Key's animated and colorful yet laid back production, it's the feature I think really makes this album for me. I never really found myself disinterested by a beat on this album, so that aspect of the album kept me engaged throughout. Quelle Chris doesn't ... read more
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Track List

  1. Intro / Recap
  2. Outro / Honest (feat. Marcella Arguela)
  3. Living Happy (feat. Joseph Chilliams & Cavalier)
  4. Sacred Safe (feat. Merrill Garbus, Cavalier & Homeboy Sandman)
  5. Horizon
  6. Moments (feat. Josh Gondelman)
  7. Bottle Black Power Buy the Business
  8. Grease from the Elbows (feat. Pink Siifu & Billy Woods)
  9. Black Twitter (feat. Mosel & Nelson Bandela)
  10. Ritual (feat. Dr. Tennille)
  11. Sudden Death
  12. Make It Better (feat. Starr Busby)
  13. Graphic Bleed Outs (feat. Merrill Garbus & Melanie St. Charles)
  14. Mirage (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Denmark Vessey, Merrill Garbus & Big Sen)
  15. When You Fall… (feat. Nappy Nina, Fresh Daily & 5ILL)
  16. Fifoalsa / Credits
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Added on: March 16, 2020