Dean Chatham
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Dean Chatham

Buffalo, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Buffalo, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Dean Chatham Drops Dean’s List 2"

Eight months after the release of the original Dean’s List, Buffalo rapper Dean Chatham is back with the follow up record, Dean’s List 2: The Aftermath. The project is the first from the Black Sol member since he signed with Style Music Productions, and demonstrates the progression of Chatham as an artist over the last year.

Chatham kicks off his scholastic follow up with the smooth opener “Kage,” in which the rapper projects his pride for the rise he’s seen as an artist recently. The original Dean’s List came when Chatham viewed himself as a student, while this project sees a more confident rapper showing off what he’s learned as he’s found his style. This theme of self -discovery and development continues on tracks like “Lucid Dreams,” where Chatham explores his introspective side. “Black Panda” is another substantive track in which Chatham discusses the positive state he’s currently in and how it relates with a darkened society, hitting on the line “a simple plan to advance is the recipe, if you ain’t got it then man don’t mess with me.” Project closer “El – P” is a focused on Chatham’s declarative that his time is now, not to be stopped or obstructed.

Dean’s List 2 flexes two Black Sol features, the first of which being “Asics” with Ez Amadi. “Asics” has the positive vibe of a feel good hip hop song from the late 90’s or early 00’s. It’s not unlike something from Mase or even Cam’ron’s “Hey Ma” single. Ez’s featured verse is a relentless series of rhyme schemes and lyrical prowess, highlighted on lines like “They tryna pay off the profit/I told her ‘baby girl pop it’ and now she feel on my pocket/tell these fuckboys to watch it.” Following “Asics” is the contemplative collabo with Saint Opal “Jezebel.” “This should make you think: ‘Am I real or am I fake?'” Chatham raps on the melodic duet filled with philosophical commentary between the intertwined vocals of Chatham and Opal.

The varied production choices Chatham goes with are a pleasant addition to his stellar rhymes. Jazzier cuts like “Kage” and “Jezebel” provide a smoother landscape for which Chatham can flow over. “Lucid Dreams” has the ruggedness of a late 90’s RZA beat, complete with the Asian string sample. Miles Jordan is credited with the production of four tracks on DL2, most menacing of which being “Rainy Days.” Chatham also includes production from the acclaimed El-P on the the militaristic, industrial “El – P” closer.

Dean’s List 2: The Aftermath is an awesome step forward for Chatham. The rapper refined his sound and tackled some really heavy subjects in society, transition, and realization. Check it out on Dean’s Soundcloud and listen to “Asics” with Ez Amadi below. - LoveCitySound

"Meet 15 Local Music Acts You Must Hear In 2015"

He’s sleek, smooth and still in college. Dean Chatham is Buffalo’s newest addition to hip-hop scene and he’s not going anywhere. Some of his beats are mellow and laid back, but his attitude is energetic and in your face. This is the type of artist you listen to while cruising down Elmwood on a sunny summer day.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: 1. Chae Hawk 2. Mic Excel 3. Quinton Brock - Artvoice


Dean's List EP - 2/17/2015
Dean's List 2: The Aftermath - 11/11/2016
Dean's List 3 - 4/28/2016



When it comes to lyrically propelled Hip-Hop, the music world has long awaited the silky smooth flow of Dean Chatham (born Jamerdon Dean). Just 22 years old from Buffalo, New York, Chatham has made tremendous waves on the Buffalo Hip-Hop scene and beyond. After releasing just two songs, he was asked to join the Buffalo Hip-Hop collective; Black Sol. Using smooth, witty, laid back (YET IN YOUR FACE!) lyrics, Chatham became an immediate sensation within the Buffalo community. He soon gained prestigious recognition and was ranked 4th on the charts for ArtVoice’s (Buffalo) “Music acts you must hear in 2015” list. He has since opened for RAE SREMMURD, Trinidad James, Illa J, and Ro James. He has continuously been a popular topic of conversation on the local Buffalo blog, Love City Sound (Buffablog) where he has been praised for his smooth lyrics over jazzy beats, creating vivid images in the minds of his listeners. He is currently finishing his senior year at Wake Forest University, set to graduate with a bachelors of the arts degree in communications. Chatham has all the tools to become a popular mainstream lyricist (Bold statement but definitely not facetious). His crisp and unique 90’s hinted style maximizes on wordplay without disconnecting his listeners from the vibe of the song. Chatham grows more popular every day and he has barely scratched the surface on his potential as a live performer. Currently, he is concentrating his efforts on the promotion of his 4th and latest project, Dean's List: The Album set to release 4/17/2017. Dean's sound can be described as smooth like 90's Hip-Hop with an Eminem rap intensity. 

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