There’s been no shortage of talent out of the DMV in recent years, and today, DC native emcee Chaz French keeps the tradition going with his debut mixtape, Happy Belated.
A fixture in our 5 On It series, French had already made a strong impact this year to date off the strength of a handful of singles, the latest being the Goldlink-assisted “LMGLML.” Happy Belated, though, is a beast entirely its own. The 13-track collection is laced with bangers (“Came Down” could induce riots) and revealing, emotive cuts (such as “Intro” and “Do Better”) alike. Chaz has a chip on his shoulder and a story to tell, and the two collide beautifully throughout Happy Belated. The production is compelling, the features are tasteful, and there’s no lack of energy or heart at any point during the 50-minute journey, which carries a consistent tone all the way through. This might be just the beginning for Chaz, but it certainly feels like a promising one.
Stream the tape in its entirety below, and download for free HERE.