#songoftheday / REVIEW: CHRIS RIVERS: “DOWNTOWN” (NSFW; MAY BE TRIGGERING; READ REVIEW FIRST)

“Downtown” is Chris River’s first single from the album Medicated Consumption, which will be out on October 21st.  First of all, the Lana Del Rey sample is what first made me fall in love with this song.  That’s how it begins, so of course that’s going to hook you first?  But then Chris starts rapping and blows it out of the park.  He’s just fantastic.  He has the skills and a great voice that makes you want to listen.   I was a fan by the time the song was over.  Thing is, I wasn’t watching the video when I listened to the song.  I hit play on youtube, yes, but then I went about multi-tasking with the intention of watch the video after if I liked the song.  Well, the video is rather explicit.  It’s not easy to watch.  The song tells the story of a guy who sleeps with a woman who tells him she has HIV after.  And the story’s conclusion is horrific.  He rapes her and leaves her for dead.  I’m not saying that to spoil it for anyone, but it needs to be said in case people are triggered by rape scenes.

Now that I’ve seen the video, I’m a bit disturbed.  It rattled me.  You don’t see many music videos that end with rape scenes.  But Chris has a story to tell and it’s one that happens in real life and I don’t think he’s trying to glamorize it or exploit it.  I think he’s just telling the truth, calling it like it is.  Other rappers mention rape in their lyrics and are just doing it to try to be controversial.  They say it’s just fantasy or whatever.  But that’s not what’s happening here.  I don’t think Chris gets pleasure from thinking about rape.  No, he’s just painting a picture and that picture is called reality.  And the song, well, it’s a winner.

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Published on Oct 15, 2015

Music Performed by Chris Rivers Produced by Flo Moser
Video Shot and Directed by Next Gen Studios for inquiries email NextGenStudiozAZ@gmail.com

For Booking and Collaboration for Chris Rivers email Mgmt@chrisriversmusic.com or twitter @mflkash

Chris Rivers ave us an exclusive track “Downtown”, complete with a soulful Lana Del Ray sample over hook! The video deals with the effects of sexual abuse as well as mental abuse, a conversation that we too often sweep under the rug..
Chris Rivers new project Medicated Consumption drops October 21st teambackpack.net, be on the look out for more videos from the project coming soon!

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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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