Godz Chyld x Jordan Banks
Godz Chyld’s newest record Reborn opens wide around the fourth track “Crazy.” It takes a few numbers, but the Bronx rapper finds a solid and lyrical voice at this mark, enhanced with a sonic palate that lets him breath and flow evenly. There’s a balance the six-song record struggles with. At moments the vision is clean and lucid, other times rushed and drowned out. Jordan River Banks (Killah Priest, Tragedy Khadafi, Hell Razah) produced the record, combining synthetic new age elements with old-school riffs. Reborn runs fast, so you’ll need to crank it a few times to get a better picture.
“Blue Flame” seems forced. There’s a Royce da 5’9’’-like quality to the track, but it gets swallowed up in the production: a mixtape gone sour. Godz Chyld shines with vast space, and it’s even more apparent with a second spin of Reborn. “Crazy” feels like an expansive western sky, free to dream and move infinitely. His raps are more straightforward here; you can start to picture the artist’s world, the streets and walks of his daily life. “Godz Speech” features the venerable Killah Priest, and offers up a swinging groove. Godz Chyld maximizes his syntax on this number, a flowing and unrelenting master class of taste.
Reborn’s got some real classics on it. Raps you can rock over and over, memorizing the lyrics, walking the truth, and living the beat. The record fights with itself at moments, trying to offer a complexity of forms; but it’s the elementary tracks that shine. Keeping it simple should be Godz Chyld’s motto. He’s an honest rapper that can dance mightily with the right beat. With a foot in the underground and a heart for the astral plane, Reborn’s got some real dynamism to it. The best tracks are stronger than anything on Chyld’s earlier record, the Forever EP, but overall, the album isn’t quite as raw and original as its predecessor. It’s certainly still moving though, and definitely worth the spin.