Chris Rivers Maintains East Coast Flow Over West Coast Flavor With A Dr. Dre Beat (Video)
As thousands flock to movie theaters across the country to catch the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, fans are expressing their appreciation for the group, even those who are artists themselves. In his latest Friday freestyle, Chris Rivers channels the visual aesthetics of West Coast Hip-Hop flavor from the ’90s, choosing to drop bars over N.W.A.’s 1999 single, “Chin Check,” and Dr. Dre’s Snoop Dogg-assisted classic “Nuthin’ But a G Thang.” While not a song from the group’s hey day, “Chin Check” is remembered by many as the song that reunited the remaining members of the group, and Rivers’ decision to release a freestyle over it on a day that N.W.A. is metaphorically and literally reuniting on screens across the country is particularly fitting. Rivers’ choices of hairstyle and wardrobe are reminiscent of Los Angeles gangster rappers of the era, and his seamless transition into the more laid-back, G-Funk based “G Thang” brings his homage to the West full circle.
Dubbed “Straight ‘G’ Check,” the song and accompanying video contain nods to Rivers’ distinctly East Coast upbringing. Fellow Bronx MC Whispers joins Rivers at the halfway mark and the two combine forces to create visuals that may remind Heads of “Twinz (Deep Cover ’98),” a single from Capital Punishment, the Platinum-selling debut album from Big Pun (River’s father) which featured Fat Joe, another Puerto Rican MC from the South Bronx. Check out the bicoastal influences right here and stay tuned for Rivers’ forthcoming mixtape, M.C. (Medicated Consumption).