Quelle Chris - Deathfame
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2022 Ratings: #59
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It’s a continuation of his intense focus on a singular topic, which results in a clear elevation in quality that few could hope to achieve, setting the standard for any plan to follow his formula.

Balancing broad comedy with pointed political satire, the Detroit rapper continues his evolution from skilled MC to producer polymath on his latest album.
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Not since Everything’s Fine has Quelle Chris sounded so surefire and determined. He wears beats with flair now, and lyrically he’s in top form, moving like a chameleon behind the mic and in front. Deathfame is easily the best solo outing for Chris so far.

The Needle Drop
Quelle Chris delivers what might be his most challenging album yet.

No f-slurs on this album, guys, come and enjoy!

The production is very, very strong throughout, although the vocals tend to be hit or miss, kind of disjointed. ALTHOOOOUGH, Quelle seems to be going for a sorta disjointed, wonky kinda vibe. I don't hate it! Not too crazy when he's singing, but everything tends to come together when he gets in his rap/spoken word bag. Not bad! My favorite here is easily The Sky Is Blue Because The Sunset Is Red - BEAUTIFUL beat, great contribution from Pink ... read more


While I was expecting a lot more from 'DEATHFAME' it's still a really good album even if it's a little disjointed. The singles Quelle released for this album were incredible which is why my expectations were very high but it seems like those singles are truly the best tracks on the album, there's some really great moments sprinkled throughout the album as well but there's a lot of moments that are pretty hit-or-miss. The production resides in the Abstract Hip-Hop sound that we normally expect ... read more


Minus points for having no James Acaster feature. Despite the more upbeat singles, this is one of Quelle Chris' darkest, murkiest, most sinister albums. Maybe I'm not in the right head space atm for those sort of tracks but my favourites remain the singles, especially 'The Sky Is Blue Because The Sunset Is Red' with its gorgeous production by Chris Keys and Knxwledge and impressive guest verses from MoRuf and Pink Siifu.

Favourite Tracks: Alive Ain't Always Living, King In Black, So Tired You ... read more


Quelle Chris's style has always been pretty abstract and non-linear, but I still found his music to have forms of catchiness and bold sounds to offer a baseline to groove to and to hook myself to. This album is full of straight up atmosphere and lowkey grimey grooves that don't grab you immediately. Chris's vocals are also way more subdued and understated than I'm used to. All in all, it's different but not quite my bag at this point in time.


Only tracks I really fucked with were Cui Prodest feat. Denmark Vessey and The Sky is Blue Because the Sunset is Red feat. Moruf & Pink Siifu; but, this album is a great play-through as a whole, even if not his best.


The lo-fi production found across ‘Deathfame’ is a suitable backdrop for Quelle’s introspective lyricism and versatile, shapeshifting delivery. He maintains a mellow tone throughout, but beats like the freeform jazz piano on “So Tired You Can’t Stop Dreaming” and the twinkling keys on the title track keep them varied and engaging. These are perfectly tailored to his personal brand of storytelling, but he’s also capable of spitting with confidence on ... read more

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Added on: April 7, 2022