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Felonius Chino addresses mental health struggles on new single “Again”

Abbotsford, BC – British Columbia artist Felonius Chino recently released a new single titled “Again.”

“Again” is a song addressing mental health struggles; specifically depression and anxiety. Felonius’ rhyme schemes sound pretty novice, but I feel like that was his intent with this one. Either way, I appreciate Felonius’ rawness and openness. It can be extremely difficult to broach the topic of mental health in rap, and to do so with such vulnerability.

I also appreciate how Felonius branched out and used a beat backed by guitar riffs. It makes for an experimental sound that’s fused with sadboy rap. The song was actually inspired by Earl Sweatshirt and that influence is very evident. Listen to “Again” below and scope our Q&A with Felonius after the jump.

Felonius Chino addresses mental health struggles on new single

Q&A: Felonius Chino

HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what this track means to you on a personal level.

Felonius Chino: I owe this track the same amount of effort I put in. It’s inspired by Earl Sweatshirt’s “Faucet” track from his latest album. I translated his pain to mine and this is what I came up with. From my own struggle.

HipHopCanada: This track alludes to that idea of repetition; how things seem to happen over and over “Again.”

Felonius Chino: I’m glad you caught that. Anxiety hits me over and again like many others. When I say “Again”, it’s talking about the thoughts in my head, the dreams I have and the racing thoughts passing through my mind all the time.

HipHopCanada: What’s the significance behind releasing this track on Christmas?

Felonius Chino: Releasing the track on Christmas was an obvious thought for me. I’m the happiest around family and friends so it was easier releasing this track around the people I love and trust.

HipHopCanada: There’s an undertone of depression on here. Talk to me about that.

Felonius Chino: Depression is something I’m facing right now. I thought I defeated it in 2016 but it’s something very present, unfortunately. I’m covering it on “Again” because I feel I can touch more listeners and help them out with their own frustrations.

HipHopCanada: Who produced this track and how did that collaboration come about?

Felonius Chino: This track was produced by Flamingo Bill, a producer I discovered on YouTube. He’s a great man and I appreciate him liking what I made with his creation.

HipHopCanada: On that note, the style of the production is very interesting in that it’s anchored by guitar riffs.

Felonius Chino: Once I heard the beat it instantly spoke to me. Those are the best tracks; when the lyrics speak for themselves. I wrote it, recorded it and made it my own in the coming months. It’s the most important track for my sanity, career and mindset. I listen to it everyday.

Twitter: @feloniuschino


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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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