Chali2na-Fish Outta Water (2009)

My Rating: 87% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 70%

Average Rating: 79% (B)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Get Focused
  2. International Feat. Beenie Man
  3. So Crazy
  4. Lock Shit Down Feat Talib Kweli
  5. Don’t Stop Feat. Anthony Hamilton
  6. Keep Goin’ Feat. Choklate
  7. Comin’ Thru
  8. F.O.W.
  9. Love’s Gonna Getcha
  10. Righteous Way
  11. When Will I See You Again Feat. Elizhi
  12. Guns Up Feat. Damian Marley & Stephen Marley
  13. Graff Time
  14. Controlled Coincidence Feat. Kanetic Source
  15. Be Be Feat. Ming Xia



Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting Chicago blues mixed with hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

This is an absolutely incredible album cover, one of my favourites.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So badly.

Final Thoughts:

Chali2na’s voice should be used for narration as much as Morgan Freeman’s, seriously, it’s so bassy and smooth, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Fish Outta Water is great fun, the tracks are diverse but cohesive, the lyrics are witty and cautionary, and, unlike a lot of underground emcees production, Fish Outta Water’s production is A+. I wish Chali2na released more music because he is one of my favourite emcees, Fish Outta Water is more than likely the most impressive LP the rapper will release, any J5 fan should have this album in their collection.

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