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Chips – Into The Black [EP]

Edmonton, AB – Edmonton-based rapper, Chips, just launched his Into The Black EP online for your listening pleasure. This 780-representing MC strikes a balance between rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop. Remember that time when Run DMC took “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith and made it a thing? This is a bit like that. If you’re a purist, you might not be able to take it in. But if you’re liking where this whole cross-genre movement is headed (or you secretly have a special place in your heart for hard rock music), this project might be right up your alley.

Chips recently distributed a small run of Into The Black hard-copies in E-town. And he received a ton of positive feedback from his peers. So now, dear Internet, Chips is bringing his work to you. Check it out below.

Chips – Into The Black [EP] -


Chips has a distinctive anecdotal quality to his craft. Dude is a storyteller. And for those of you with short attention spans, this project is only five-tracks-long. Which means Chips’ stories are easily digestible. The project features production by Dystinkt Beats, as well as features from Deuce Fantastick and Jay Stacks.

What’s neat about Chips is that he unapologetically holds things down as a rockstar rapper. Even on his “Dope Music” track (featuring Deuce Fantastik), Chips doesn’t hold back – he drops bars and bars about his “Dope Music.” And you might also remember the track “In Too Deep” (we posted up the video for that over here) from a while back. It’s a raw track, with a solid dose of grit. And it’s tells a very honest (and very introspective) story.

And on that note, Chips has also been nominated for an Edmonton Music Award (EMA) in the Rap/Hip Hop Recording Of The Year category for “In Too Deep.” The other nominees are Brothers Grim (“The Story”), etikid (“Addicted To You”), Kemo Treats (“Chips In The Hot Tub”), and Rellik (“Idle No More”). So huge shout-out to all the nominees for holding things down in Edmonton. Best of luck to you all.

Twitter: @chips780 | @dystinktbeats

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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is a born-and-raised Calgarian who works as a freelance writer, photographer, and A&R talent scout for Universal Music. During the day, she runs a vintage clothing boutique on 17th Avenue called Used House of Vintage. Sarah graduated from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism diploma program in 2013 and has been writing about Canadian hip-hop since 2012. Sarah has written for The Yellow Pages Group, The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in January 2013 as the Regional Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Rich Homie Quan, Action Bronson, Smoke DZA, Future, MGK, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @IHeartTART

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