with Chanti Darling
Lizzo has arrived.
In 2014’s hip-hop culture, built on stale rhymes about sex, money and drugs, Houston-bred, Minneapolis-based artist, Lizzo relies on inventive wordplay and an ability to seamlessly flow between rapping and singing to set her above the rest. Her debut solo releaseLIZZOBANGERS lives and dies by Lizzo’s unique delivery and cadence, fueled by the depth of her pop-culture, social and historic references, ranging from Lizzie Borden to Cogsworth to Anna Wintour.
It’s that L to the I to the Z Z O / Ain’t got no time for the C3P0, wookie, rookie / Never knock nookie, but I’d rather stack cookies / Looking at the sunset the color of Snookie – “Faded”
Death and Taxes says, “Her confidence evokes that of the 90′s stars like the late Left Eye or Missy Elliot; her ability to flip styles is flawless, and the way she glides to and from spitfire versus to diva-like belting is dizzying, to say the least. What’s more? She’s real.”
LIZZOBANGERS crystallizes Lizzo’s multifaceted approach. The album is the result of a creative collaboration between Lizzo and producers Lazerbeak (Doomtree) and Ryan Olson (Gayngs/Polica). Described as being “audacious, raucously inventive and fun,” by The Boston Globe, the album displaces the stereotypes and expectations of what a rapper should sound like.
“An indefatigable and chameleonic performer, Lizzo injects attitude into everything she touches, but it’s her raw talent that’s made her the linchpin of a scene overflowing with talented MCs.” says NPR Music.
Beyond the pop references and inventive wordplay, LIZZOBANGERS goes deep into challenging stereotypes, societal norms and the state of our culture in a rare matter-of-fact and non-politicized way.
Chicago Sun Times declares: “The lead single, “Batches and Cookies (feat. Sophia Eris),” astutely dishonors climbing social ladders:”Thrift store shopping look like Anna Wintour/ You ain’t gotta ask about it ’cuz I been hurr / Ridin’ in them chariots like we in Ben-Hur”. But it is the track “W.E.R.K,” in which she advises her own young fans: “Look like a girl/ Act like a lady/ Think like a man/ Werk like a boss,” that will catapult her.”
Born in Detroit in the late 80’s, Lizzo spent much of her formative years in the church, where she was raised on the gospel sounds of The Winans, The Clark Sisters, and Fred Hammond, along with mainstay secular artists such as Stevie Wonder and Elton John. At the age of 10 her family moved to Houston, TX, and Lizzo was exposed to a wide array of emerging Southern musical styles, from the trademark chopped and screwed rap tracks of the underground, to the progressive and polished R&B sounds of groups like Destiny’s Child that were raising the city’s national profile to new heights. In fact, it was after she skipped class to catch a Destiny’s Child performance at Wal-Mart that Lizzo—then a 5th grader– was inspired to start writing music on her own.
Over the next decade that decision would take her through the trenches of some of the most varied musical genres: R&B girl groups (I.N.I.T.I.A.L.S., Cornrow Clique, The Chalice), progressive rock bands (Elypseas), electro-pop duos (Lizzo & The Larva Ink), and her current trap-based hip-hop collective/crew GRRRL PRTY. Meanwhile, she graduated with a classical flute degree from the University of Houston and turned down a scholarship for graduate studies at the Paris Conservatory in order to pursue her current projects.
Chanticleer Trü would like you to know that “RNB ain’t no joke.” As frontman of Portland, OR retrofuturist
electro-soul adepts Chanti Darling, Trü drinks from the sacred founts of Disco, Boogie Funk, and the
dizzying universe of house music. Teasing out the essential filaments, Trü weaves a sound that nods to the
past as it blasts into the future; urgent, irresistible, and absolutely of the moment.
Raised on a steady diet of jazz, soul, and his mom’s Boogie Funk collection (he started leading vocal groups at
age ten), multi-instrumentalist Trü studied opera, musical theater, and composition. Naturally drawn to the
primal energy of the club scene, Trü first made a name for himself as a performer, promoter, and DJ. “I was
always drawn to the power of music to make people dance” says Trü. “There’s some innate, ritualistic pre-
human thing within us, engrained on our DNA. The metaphysical combination of melodies, rhythms, lyrics and
ideas; it’s what our very consciousness is made of. It is creation itself.”
Written over three years and recorded in Portland, Oregon at Zip Zap and Eyrst studios, the record features
numerous collaborations with producer Boucher and Kmeto. While some of the songs were written in the
studio, much of the music was refined during the bands already legendary live shows. No doubt dazzling
choreographers and dancers The Step Touches – the only constant in the Chanti Darling lineup apart from Trü
– have helped build the legend with their epic performances.
Early in the project, Trü put together a band that included Hannah Blilie of The Gossip and Rebecca Cole of
Wild Flag. “It’s amazing to be able to develop ideas in a live setting,” Trü tells us. “A lot of these songs
started from live instrumentation and were then translated through digital production.” In fact, the bulk of the music – apart from the drum programming – was tracked live.
Aesthetically, Chanti Darling melds 80’s retro-futurist iconography with a late-night summertime vibe; THE RNB
is a place of neon lights and palm fronds, washed in the pastels of dusk and dawn. Together, Chanti Darling is
undeniable and immersive. This has not gone unnoticed in the Pacific Northwest – and beyond. Voted
Portland’s “Best New Band” in a poll held by Willamette Week, the band has already performed at the
Pickathon, Treefort, and What The Festival events, played a host of shows with Hercules &Love Affair, been
featured in Vice and Dope, and shared the stage with NAO as part of Red Bull Sound Select.
“This record is built upon a sort of string theory of RNB sounds” says Trü. “THE RNB is a type of place that
exists in another plane. It’s another dimension. A place beyond dreaming that is the totality of your highest
vibration. All the rest though… is just mundane.”
One of the timeless, primary allures of music has been the ability to lose oneself within it, and with RNB Vol.1 Chanti Darling has crafted a sonic totem, imbued with the power to transport the listener to a place of hip-shaking, sweaty freedom. “I wanted to create a record that people could be absorbed by. Something to hold
them and envelop them. The world… the world itself has gotten so dark. That darkness bleeds over into
everything that we create. Which can be amazing. But, I felt my call was different. I wanted to create a shift to positivity and light.” Blessed through a life steeped in rhythm with the mystic ability to tap into and channel the primal genomic funk, Chanticleer Trü has crafted a shimmering antidote to that darkness. RNB Vol.1 is a rapturous, profoundly engaging (and much needed) mega dose of humanities first antidepressant.