Artist: Jean Grae & Quelle Chris
Album: Everything's Fine
Release Date: April 27, 2018
01 Everything’s Fine
02 My Contribution To This Scam
03 OhSh (feat. Hannibal Buress)
04 House Call (feat. Big Tone, Anna Wise, & Jonathan Hoard)
05 Don't Worry It’s Fine (feat. John Hodgman & Michael Che)
06 Gold Purple Orange
08 Doing Better Than Ever (feat. Ashok "Dap" Kondabolu)
09 The Smoking Man (feat. Denmark Vessey)
10 Breakfast of Champions
11 Scoop of Dirt (feat. Your Old Droog)
13 Everything's Still Fine (feat. Nick Offerman)
14 Waiting For The Moon (feat. Mosel & Anna Wise)
15 River (feat. Anna Wise)
Production by Jean Grae & Quelle Chris
When you hear the phrase, “everything’s fine,” we immediately understand it as emotional shorthand. In daily life, we depend on those perfunctory clichés (hope all is well, good to hear from you, etc.) to spare ourselves from the psychological unpacking that the truth requires. For that, there’s art. For that, there’s Everything’s Fine from Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, a jagged, acerbic odyssey that brilliantly riffs on this dystopian zeitgeist.
Released on Mello Music Group, this album replaces that reflexive cliché with honest and eloquent tangents. It’s specific and subtle in its execution, achieving equilibrium between lackadaisical detours to smell the flowers and the frantic acknowledgement that there’s an inferno raging outside.
It’s rare to find a record where two rappers are so seamlessly intertwined. Yes, that’s partially a by-product of the teamwork that goes into being in any normal relationship where you wake, sleep, and dream together. But the album also bears the hallmarks of two singular creative geniuses trading bars, collaborating on beats, and combining fun with internal therapy and external observations. It features indelible cameos from Denmark Vessey, Grammy Award winner Anna Wise, Your Old Droog and Big Tone, as well as comics Ashok “Dap” Kondabolu, Michael Che, Nick Offerman, and Hannibal Burress.
In the streaming era, we tend to naturally overlook albums that require multiple listens. This is a record that will grab you on first listen, but it’s greatness only reveals itself through its careful construction, slick wordplay, and esoteric allusions. It’s spontaneous and free, yet refined and meticulous. Even if everything is abject, it’s a reminder that music can transcend.
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