Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay, the Fake Four Inc. debut of Texas-based hip-hop trailblazer Chris Conde, has been a gamechanger in the way that it has not only manifested staying power, but opened up many doors of opportunity. One of the cooler collaborations on the project was Summertime Heat, a song about Texas summers backed by the production prowess of the Grammy-nominated electro-cumbia mastermind El Dusty. Earlier this month (and in spite of summer technically and theoretically winding down), Conde tapped creatives Mandy Heitzelman Smith, Adrienne Lake, Greer Skies, Sunday Ballew, Marty Robbins, Richard Whymark and a handful of good friends to bring Summertime Heat to life via an old fashioned pool party. If you want to take part in the summertime magic vicariously, definitely take a few minutes to check out the video, and if you dig it, be sure to leave a like and a comment before sharing it around!
Good friend and Fake Four Inc. labelmate Chris Conde has been making major inroads as a member of the collective roster. With the successful release of Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay handled, Conde and Fake Four Inc. decided to have a bit of community-based fun via a remix contest. The elements to Everyday were released to the public, and after a rousing response and volumes of submissions, four were selected to be released as a maxi-single along with the original track. Alibi, Badbelly and BIGBY all shined via their submissions, with grand prize winner IBGeeZee landing the opening spot on the record. If you’re a fan of Conde, Fake Four Inc. or the practice that is the remix, then don’t sleep on this name your price digital release.
As a Central Texas-based hip-hop artist, it’s no secret that Chris Conde has been exposed to a blend of different musical and cultural spectrums from several of the different racial groups that populate the area. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community as well, it seems like Conde figured that Pride Month would be a perfect opportunity to help bridge any gaps that may exist between these different spectrums, and with the help of the legendary Cumbia producer El Dusty, he has done so in the form of Summertime Heat, a Cumbia-heavy banger meant to keep parties going strong all summer. Definitely don’t sleep on this one.
From the digital desk of Chris Condeand Fake Four Inc.:
“As an openly queer rapper, Texas‘ Chris Conde combines the classically detached spheres of hip hop, indie rock and avant-garde experimental art punk of the drag variety. In their sometimes hysterical but always poignant bars, Conde strives to relate to their audience through an honest communication of their personal narrative of overcoming drug addiction, internalized homophobia and self-acceptance.
Chris Conde is a Fake FourFreecember 2019 Alum who has received press shoutouts from NPR’s Tiny Desk series, the San Antonio Current, Texas Music Magazine, and Hip Hop DX. Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay features Ceschi Ramos and offers up production by K Death of Moodie Black, Lazerbeak of Doomtree, and Whatever Cecil with artwork by Squalloscope. Chris’s honest storytelling ability, beat selection, and sharp technical skills displayed across Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay are sure to move you and resonate on multiple levels.”
Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay, the upcoming Chris Conde release from Fake Four Inc., drops this upcoming Sunday, and with Conde doing the work in terms of promotional rollout, it makes sense that his third (and seemingly final prerelease) single would feature a guest appearance from the always stellar and compelling Fake Four label-head and foundational artist Ceschi. Over a very somber and spacious beat, Conde and Ceschi open up their minds and hearts about attempting to stay motivated and creative in a world that gives us reasons to believe otherwise. The Summer of Our Discontent could soundtrack these bleak and uncertain times we’ve been navigating through lately, so if you feel like you could use a sonic remedy, check out the video, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around for all to take in.
Anybody with half a brain understands that nobody is perfect, and that all of us are out here trying our best to navigate the world and make some sort of positive impact without causing damage or issues to others. It’s this exact energy that fuels Everyday, the latest single and video from San Antonio MC Chris Conde from his upcoming Fake Four release Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay. With a little help from video director Wayne Fau, Conde is able to capture a down to Earth, slice of life presentation of his do-good manifesto, possibly in hopes of inspiring others to order their steps in a similar fashion. With the April 4th release of the project rapidly approaching, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open and tuned to Chris Conde‘s social media so that you can be hip from day one.
Despite the lasting effects of COVID-19 and its crippling impact on the live music industry, there are a handful of artists who have continued to persevere in spite of, and Chris Conde is a shining example of this steadfast dedication. Over the majority of 2020, Conde found ways to stay in the public eye, be it video releases, live stream performances or acoustic performances. As 2020 transitioned into 2021, Conde made the announcement that an album was coming on Fake Four, Inc. in the spring, and if the Lazerbeak-produced Mariposa is any indication of what’s to come, then hip-hop heads should prepare themselves for more of Conde‘s signature honesty and insight over some high energy production. Definitely check out the video, run up the numbers and engagement stats, and support your local creatives.
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