Backed by sparse and compromising production from LilSilva (Banks) and Sampha (Drake, fkatwigs), ‘Darth Vader’ sees Chip’s ferocious flow maintaining its intensity through to the track’s close. Chip’s unafraid to tackle varied issues – from his place in the grime scene to escalating youth violence – along with big screen references to StarWars, TheMatrix and FiftyShades.
“Darth Vader for me is the perfect way to start the next run and I’m happy with the outcome, from the message to the video and the beat,” says Chip. “Big up Lil Silva and Sampha on production.”
Those lyrical cinematic mentions are complemented by the track’s high end visual which was directed by Carly Cussen (TinieTempah, Krept & Konan, LethalBizzle) and produced by MastermindVideo. Although stripped-back to allow Chip’s charisma to shine through, it’s full of creative and stylish monochrome shots. It’s also uncompromising in its depiction of violence.
After landing his first street hit in 2006 when he was just sixteen-years-old, the Tottenham-born MC Chip (real name Jahmaal Fyfe) hit the big time in 2009 with a succession of major domestic hits and a huge debut album ‘I Am Chipmunk’. Chip went global in 2012 when rapper T.I. reached out and offered him a deal with his label, GrandHustle. What followed was a move to Atlanta and a second album, ‘Transition’, which included the dancehall cut ‘Every Gyal’ with Mavado and the ChrisBrown-featuring smash ‘Champion’.
In 2013, he decided to return to his roots in the UK. An incendiary ‘Fire In The Booth’ made headlines and – more importantly – reminded fans of Chip’s fierce lyrical talent. Working with a new found passion, Chip engaged the raw grime energy of his past as well as influences from his Jamaican heritage with ‘League Of My Own II’– an ambitious and accomplished set packed with guest features from the likes of Wiley, Giggs, Ghetts, JME, KojoFunds, D Double E, Jammer, Donae’O and 67.
Chip subsequently released the GRM Daily presents… track ‘Calling’ with KojoFunds, and played a sold-out tenth anniversary show at London’s Roundhouse which Nation of Billions described as “a 10 year victory lap.” The review concluded, “Who knows what the next 10 years will mean for Chip. But if he decides to stay creative, I’m confident that the music scene will embrace him with open arms.”