Carlos Luis Santiago known professionally as Chubb Mason, is an aspiring American hip hop recording artist from East Harlem/South Bronx, New York. In 2000 at the age of 14 Mason signed to EOP a local underground record company where he began to project his craft, He then began to produce music using the Mtv music generator, a PlayStation game.
Which isn’t your traditional way of producing music, but he made this work him. Mason eventually landed a publishing deal with EMI, but the street life cheated him out the contract in 2011. Now signed to FMediaGroup, Chubb Mason is seeking to seriously expand his career. With a handful of singles to his name, Mason has dropped the mixtape, “Before The Raid”, in a quest to convince fans of his intrinsic qualities.
Clocking in with 10 tracks, the mixtape is the latest chapter of Mason’s comeback story that perpetually has his back up. The album’s intro immediately sets it’s melodramatic wheels in motion, as Chubb Mason warns detractors, sexy bitches and everyone else, that he is riding with the “Top Down”. A commonly recurring theme in his cathartic work is strained and street relationships and this project is no exception. In “Real Hood” ft. Rave, the emotionally loaded lothario once again details the hopelessness of a dead end situation if you haven’t got the cash and respect, and moreover, underestimate those below you.
“Reach Out” ft. jhettOnasis is rooted in a persecution complex. “I got it if you need it, let’s get this money now” shouts Mason. “P.O.P” ft. Michaels Michaels proceeds to question how the question of power or pussy puts ‘niggas’ through a grim existential crisis, while Mason goes down hard on their girls. This ability to pour everything into his art is Chubb Mason’s gift and his curse; where he pushes the envelope further than most, his eventful journeys through money and sex are sometimes too strong for weaker stomach’s to hold. But he doesn’t give a damn. Period.
Where he takes pride in his lyrical gift, the greatest strength at Chubb Mason’s disposal is the ability to channel an array of feelings. His most hardcore enthusiasts will surely cling to tracks like “Touch My Soul”, “Thugz Cry” ft. BARZYOUNGBLACK and “44 GANG” ft. Dolla Boy & Bane. Seeking salvation through his songs, his split personality switches between that of a shallow womanizer and a determined thug who takes looks in the mirror at times. The vivid worldview of the Hood throughout the mixtape hits its peak at various points throughout the mixtape.
“Before The Raid” sounds like an intensely personal recording that sees Mason continue to rap about subjects dear to the underground while displaying his undeniable skill as a wholly unique MC. At first glance the mixtape seems oddly short at only 10 tracks but during the first listen it becomes clear that this is not really the case as the deliveries of the songs will keep you so intensely glued, it will sound twice as long.
Chubb Mason’s recorded therapy gives a voice to the lost, the beaten, and the wounded, as his enormous self-esteem and lyrical ability sees him making music as much for his own catharsis and connecting his strengths and emotions to the world at large – as the man says: “In God we trust, but money is the root of all evil!”
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