Big Nate and GYPTXVN collide and conspire on the bass-heavy “Chaos”.
Big Nate is ferocious on his new single. For the entirety of “Chaos” the South London rapper is on the edge of a breakout – the bars fly out from his throat and clash against gritted teeth, absorbing rage on the way out. He flows with gravity, leaping with strength between the energetic factors of GYPTXVN’s formidable beat, and actively channels the downward forces that compromise his restraint. “Out here causing chaos, I’m premier league I dunno about playoffs, dem man ain’t in my league, they’re shooting shots but their aim is way off” he begins, thrashing the microphone with an aggressive roar, reined in only by the need to stay coherent.
“Not one sick day, no day off” proclaims Nate in the opening verse, committing entirely to the energy of “Chaos”, which by the end of the song means something altogether different from random destruction. Drill is about a lot of things, but overtones of reclamation are recurrent in the genre. It is a scene hounded by news media and politicians, and in order to rise above the only choice has become going loud. Nate achieves this with his impassioned and tense delivery, and GYPTXVN, as always, supplies the artillery. Specifically, the bassline on “Chaos” is just absolutely vicious. It’s the type of sub-bass that gives no thought to the melody above it. The producer sends a deluge through a valley of dissonant strings and chords; the result is something of a musical palette cleanser that allows Nate to cut through the mind of the listener. “Chaos” uses franticness to reset and overrun its audience.
“Chaos” is tied to a music video. The film by James Polley, Alex Hindston and Big Nate himself captures the freedom that drill brings. Open, green spaces defy the stereotypes of endless urbanity and darkness. The sunset leads to deployment of flares, with blue smoke flooding the frame. It mirrors the song fairly well. Nate embodies the “Zeus” persona he describes in the lyrics; he appears almost larger than life, supported by a pantheon in the background. As a multimedia experience the immense aura of “Chaos” reaches its peak.
Listen to “Chaos” here.
– Jamie (@youngjade1216)