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Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often

by Quelle Chris

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Jeremy / HI54LOFI I was revisiting tracks I liked in 2017 for a mix I was making, and when I was listening to Calm Before again I realized I never found the time to spend with this album before — and it's dope! Favorite track: Calm Before (feat. Cavalier, Suzi Analogue).
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Asa some of my fave production & flows & lyrics, fantastic throughout Favorite track: Fascinating Grass (feat. Big Tone, Roc Marciano, 87).
Jeremy Leaming
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Jeremy Leaming i bought the vinyl at the actual Rough Trade in Brooklyn, when i was in the city to see "Hello Dolly," at the Shubert Theatre, fall 2017. I think this is Quelle Chris' best, and still enjoy. I saw that musical only 'cause my niece played the role of Irene Molloy.

also, this is fucking funny, in a good way. no one does interludes like Quelle Chris either. Favorite track: The Dreamer In The Den Of Wolves.
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Just stepped in from outer space Damn I'm feeling great People I done met Places I done stayed Lessons that I learned from my unmendable mistakes Pressure to be greater than. Feinding to relate Said no to yesterday. Yes to knowing more Note my glowing aura One one can't ignore Two to all that hating that means peace sign Nileseyy Niles Never cared bout style and that goes back to 90 now Some might cower "He's too versatile. His mind ain't right as it might sposed to be." Ya BS vibes may rub off on a nigga The p.s. reads "Don't stand so close to me." Proper rhymes. I snap like papadums Mic in a choke like fights in octagons Dot connect. Please find some better lines Beats like fine china. I break and then they buy I do work on the body like Macco So when I call "hey. ho." they respond when I say so Bars upon bars is the mission Snackin off raps. You wait. Wash the dishes Absolutely Bruce Lee Snap the puss to Boosie I lived by the loose leaf since a kid. Ice cream on the face like Gucci My nigga Cav came through dressed like Cochise. They be like "oh shit they chiefs. To both knees," From short sleeves to low teens. That's year round I rep Crown till Niles peace Chorus Ever since my first words hit the pad Had to check myself in like shit I might have a habit With each hit and each line grew addicted Couldn't kick the kicks and the HIs kept him lifted They pushed my buttons so I turned to controller Master of ceremonies. Colder as I'm older Mark my words. Don't politic with herbs Don't wanna sip your beers. Don't try to pass me herb So take a picture but it won't last longer I stay on the mind and in spirit I'll grow stronger You was the "hook on phonics worked for me" type I was off hooks over bomb beats. Getting mad hype But hearing bs only brings out the most in me So while homes roasting you their ladies is toasting me So stay in your place where you 'sposed to be. P.s. don't stand close to me. Chorus
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about

Quelle Chris fucks with himself. Most of the time. Honestly, it might depend on when and where you catch him. That’s to say that the Detroit representative is like the rest of us—surfing on waves of self-confidence, enduring periods of self-doubt, and searching for a sustainable balance.

The primary difference between Quelle and us is that he’s supremely gifted at rapping and producing. He’s funnier too—in the way that the best comedians are deceptively complex and prone to bouts of melancholy. His new album, Being You is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often, is one of the most poignant, self-aware, and hilarious rap albums in recent memory. We should probably offer him some flowers, a case of expensive liquor, and cover the bill for the group therapy session.

For the Mello Music Group release, Quelle assembled a veritable hip-hop Justice League: Roc Marciano, Homeboy Sandman, Denmark Vessey, Jean Grae, Elzhi, Cavalier, et. al. Then there’s the production, mostly handled by Quelle, but aided by crucial assists from MNDGSN, Iman Omari, Chris Keys, Swarvy, and Alchemist.

Despite the preponderance of talent sharing the stage, the guests bend to the world that Quelle created. A darker shade of psychedelia, as if Madvillain gobbled anti-anxiety pills instead of psilocybin. Or maybe a fraternal drunken twin to Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy.”

The title comes from a real-life discussion about the difficulties of consistency. How each of us are subject to both our own bad spirits and bursts of inspiration, those unavoidable Serotonin and dopamine peaks and valleys. Being You is Great is an attempt to catalog those moods. It’s about learning to love, or at least recognize, the best and worst of one’s self. It’s about loneliness and comfort. Learning to hate love and learning to love hate.

Sequenced so that extreme confidence follows casual despair, the pendulum swings back and forth, mirroring our own emotions and validating something that Nietszche and Ray Bradbury once claimed: “we have art so we won’t die of truth.”

If hip-hop is filled with everymen and superheroes, Quelle Chris has done something quietly radical. This record is almost too human—full of the sublte revelations that only come to you later in life, when you realize that heroes make plenty of errors, and anti-heroes often have merit.


It’s not an exuberant celebration of human life, nor is it a politicized condemnation of what got us here. It’s a record with beats that will make you bob your head and tap your feet, and clever lyrics that will make you laugh and scrunch your face. But most of all, it’s a record with a tremendous reserve of empathy. Something that captures the wonder and madness of being human. Something relentlessly honest. Something great.

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released February 10, 2017

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