Chad Michael | Rain III

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Rain III

by Chad Michael

The third and final EP in the 'Rain' trilogy; tongue-twisting lyricism and emotional depth, set to powerful, pulsating instrumentals.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Diamonds
3:10 $0.99
2. The Aura
4:00 $0.99
3. 4th Ave
3:26 $0.99
4. Rain III
5:27 $0.99
5. Garden
3:33 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
After five years in Los Angeles and two previous EPs, ‘Rain III’ is a fitting and polished finale to the trilogy, offering more of CM’s now-signature depth and intelligence, with plenty of noticeable growth from the Arizona-born rapper/singer/songwriter. In terms of content, this EP picks up where ‘Rain’ and ‘Rain II’ left off, continuing the artist’s personal story as an independent artist in Southern California, and is clearly meant to be listened to start-to-finish. Common themes of anxiety, lust, social awareness, and dedicated perseverance shine through the often dark, dream-like production, serving as both a bridge to the previous projects and a leap forward in quality and skill.

The first track, ‘Diamonds’, opens like a hazy late-night dream, layered with angelic harmony and slightly ominous tones, and quickly morphs into a pounding, frantic instrumental, as if Chad has forced himself to wake up from whatever trance has gripped him. The verse comes fast and powerful, metaphors and imagery woven in at break-neck speeds, and is soon followed by more rolling harmony and a soaring falsetto bridge, the opening song showcasing all of the artist’s incredible growing versatility. From this point in the EP, CM continues to display an impressive variety of lyricism, flow, and songwriting, from verse to chorus to bridge. ‘The Aura’ and ‘4th Ave’ are both testaments to strong-minded perseverance and the overcoming of any number of obstacles, the former being the first official song in which Chad plays guitar himself, with the music video (released in late February) set in Downtown Los Angeles amongst towering buildings and glowing lights. ‘4th Ave’ – a reference to Chad’s hometown of Tucson – is a swaggering demonstration of newly-refined ability, the entire song ripe with more chest-pounding energy and confidence than the 28-year-old may have ever shown before. The title track, though, is when Chad is most at home – 4 minutes of socially conscious, insightful, and lyrical commentary followed by an emotionally wrenching outro, a song that certainly requires more than just a passive listen. The final two tracks, the 2018 single ‘Garden’ and ‘Blue Skies’, are dynamic and full of light, signifying a hopeful shift away from the doom and gloom that ‘Rain’ has so often brought. Two of the most positive tracks Chad has ever released, both explore new territory and possibility while maintaining the verbal skill and range listeners have come to expect.

It seems, even if just for the moment, that this EP may signal the end of an era in CM’s personal life, away from the darkness he has so often embraced, and towards a brighter, more optimistic future. ‘Rain III’ positively demonstrates how far the artist has come, and how much possibility still lies ahead, in music and in life, a reminder to every listener that one can always find a way out from under the clouds into the sun.



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