A BEAT GROWS IN BROOKLYN
When it comes to hip-hop, Chris Fields isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. He’s just shining his rims to blind his competitors. The Brooklyn native enlists the help of heavyweights like Timbaland, DanjaHandz, Brandy and T-Pain on his new record, Phantom Muzik, and the results are potent. On the Danja-produced I Am What I Am, Fields comes out shooting over an anthemic synth beat: I’m pulling words out the air like Bluetooth, he raps, showing a knack for clever chest-thumping. Come And Get Some, another Danja single, serves as Field’s weapon of mass destruction. An organic drum beat and the rapper’s serpentine flow give way to a chorus of sirens”it’s a club banger sure to burn rubber on the dance floor.