Record review: Che, 'Chenges'


Nothing is more refreshing than being able to witness an artist grow musically and as a person — enter the emcee formerly known as Detroit Che. She’s dropped the "Detroit" part of her moniker (which might carry its own symbolism), and she's taking the proverbial next step in her evolution with her EP, Chenges.

The EP’s four song titles — “Seed,” “Root,” “Stem,” and “Leaf” — symbolize Che’s rebirth. It’s not only the maturation of the emcee, but she’s arrived full circle in womanhood and life.

“Seed” is a feel-good anthem that exudes the same vibe as your favorite Corinne Bailey Ray song. The subtle strings and melodic tempo feels like a fresh take on '90s neo-soul. “Root” is a spiritually conscious cut about accepting your inner self instead of avoiding it — her words are heavy with the heaviness of a women speaking from experience. “How many times we’ve been told we ain’t beautiful? How many times our lives reside in cubicles?” she raps.

“Stem” is jazzy and speaks on the pitfalls of life using while alcohol as the metaphor. And the steady piano keys make “Leaf” the only fast-paced cut on the EP as Che continues to expose herself. “I didn’t see no changes, I hated my ways, so I tried to erase with them with a gun to my head but I ain’t gon bang it/ so I’m still here now so I must have angels,” she raps.

Chenges is introspective, heartwarming, and inquisitive but without being too preachy or melancholy. It’s kind of like she’s Lauryn Hill-ish post-Miseducation — but with more musical continuity and more awareness of the artist and person she has become.

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