Chipmunk: I Am Chipmunk review

Label
Jive
Release date
12th October 2009
Genre
Hip hop
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Debut album from Tottenham teen recorded during A-levels.

The prodigal son of British hip hop with a slick tight style, Chipmunk won a MOBO award several weeks before the release of this debut album. Not that the 18-year-old hasn’t paid his dues, having produced several major hits and guest starred on numerous friends records over the past two years.

The album attempts to demonstrate Chipmunk’s range of style but ends up keeping his street credentials intact despite the success of upbeat chart pleasing tracks like Diamond Rings and Oopsy Daisy. Man Dem and Business are exercises in old skool grime but little else, while those attracted by the singles might be troubled by some of the language, particularly on The Business.

It’s a shame that Chipmunk seems embarrassed by his mainstream audience because the truth is the only songs here that actually work are the pop tracks.

More to try:
Tinchy Stryder: Catch 22
Taio Cruz: Rockstarr
Dizzee Rascal: Tongue N Cheek

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