Introducing: Chyna Vonne
Hip Hop with Rhyme & Reason
Hip hop is now in its fourth decade and going strong. Things have changed since The Sugar Hill Gang introduced a new genre to the world in 1979. Today hip hop is as diverse as the all the undiscovered species in the Amazon. Chyna Vonne is one artist that has developed her craft over the last few years and whose music has become quite seasoned. Her latest singles “Run Forrest” and “52 Barz” are just the tip of the iceberg of her interesting catalogue.
“I see it clear with my stigmatism,
Females hating on each others.
Man’s world, James Brown
Pussy makes the world go round…”
Her words pack a punch.
“It’s about how behind every successful man there is a woman,” she said. “It’s also about how the industry is male dominated.”
I like her use of metaphor in the jam. She elaborated that James Brown represents how men dominate the industry.
We see the same kind of metaphor in “Run Forrest,” another current single by Vonne. She can say a lot in a few lines. Being concise and being frugal with words is a skill. Even though I’m no authority on hip hop, my collection basically is made up of one Dr. Dre album (20001) a favorite of mine, Biggie Smalls, and some miscellaneous things but I know good music and writing when I hear it.
The hook in “Run Forrest” goes something like this:
“I never thought the hate would be this real, I don’t even got a deal, you better run forrest, run”
“The guns are figurative. The song is about jealousy,” Vonne explained. She uses this metaphor of shooting elsewhere, more than once and on different cuts and in different ways. Also on more than one of her tracks, Vonne cites Pat Benatar’s title “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” and mentions Benatar. The Benatar quote sums up the stance that women need to take sometimes in a male dominated world.
Mainly “Run Forrest” is about jealousy as Vonne said. This a theme that touches a lot of us. Vonne went to explain that there were times when she found that people were jealous of her no matter how she tried be nice to them. Some people would just come out and say discouraging things to her. The hate came from out of nowhere, she never meant any ill to anyone. I’ve been there, I’m sure you have too. When you are good at what you do, whether it be in hip hop or work place, there will be people who feel threatened and that will hate.
I spent a little time listening to tracks from Vonne’s previous release Unexpected that came out around 2013 to give me a point of reference from where she is coming from and the direction she is going. I enjoyed it and had a few favorites from it. Some of the tracks like “Kush” are very ambient, nice keyboards and synths. It made me imagine I was hangliding in a velvet sky on a purple night. “Cocky” is another favorite of mine. It’s a fun track with a sample of a scream. The cuts on Unexpected are many, close to twenty recording on it and Vonne explored a few different styles making the album.
When I ask Vonne what was next for 2018 she told me about her current project. “I am working on a mixed tape for my old fans. It has a lot of hip hop covers and new arrangements of old songs.”
Available soon is “Bodak Yellow C-Mix,” Vonne’s version of a jam by Cardi B.
So there is a lot to look forward to from Chyna Vonne in 2018. So keep your eyes and ears open for more music by her.