On January 12 of this year, alternative hip-hop artist Chase Murphy released “No Peakin’,” the final single from his upcoming EP, “Tip of the Iceberg,” which is due for release on January 18. Produced by Fríó and Dale, “No Peakin’” features hip-hop heavyweight Mick Jenkins, an American rapper based in Chicago. According to Chase, “Tip of the Iceberg” was recorded over the course of three reclusive months in Reykjavík, Iceland earlier last fall. “As its opening bar implies, “No Peakin” was created a matter of hours after my arrival and captured an especially optimistic headspace of mine,” Chase disclosed.
Lyrically, “No Peakin’” is an intrinsic exploration of one’s journey and place in life, full of curiosity and depth in personal self-discovery. While Chase’s vocals contemplate these more optimistic reflections, Mick’s rap verses are faintly more cynical, cogitating on the transactional nature of the business of music and life in general. The dueling perspectives are backed by soothing but immersive instrumentals, with a lo-fi graininess that is as titular to its genre as it is distinctive. Overall, “No Peakin’” defies its title and grants us listeners a fresh new perspective into Chase Murphy’s sound before the release of his upcoming EP.
Chase Murphy is an alternative hip-hop artist from Boston, Massachusetts. The twenty-one year old’s versatility in both boom-bap hip-hop and electronic pop music has steadily earned him a reputation as one of the city’s most promising stars.
Mick Jenkins is a Chicago rapper with a knack for combining socially conscious wordplay with raw tales of life in the streets. Jenkins is a member of Free Nation, a hip-hop group that promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be.
You can listen to “No Peakin’” by Chase Murphy and Mick Jenkins here.