Most artists are capable of illustrating a compelling story within a song, but Shawn Chrystopher paints an entire narrative over lovestory. Appropriately kicking off the project with the piano-laced “preface.,” the listener soon sees that all the songs are like chapters. With tracks such as “H Town” and “One of My Homies” calling lovestory. home, other standouts include “lauren’s story.” and “diamonds.” lovestory. is a sly, extremely well-executed concept tape, without all of the negative connotations that tend to follow them.
Throughout Shawn’s saga, minimal characters like GLC, Dom Kennedy, Kris Kasanova, Stunnaman and Phil Ade grace the story with a verse, allowing him to really showcase his lyrical progression. Sounding as polished and as energetic as ever, Shawn’s rapid-fire cadence combined with the glossy instrumentals are a welcome contrast to the ear. With Timbaland at the helm in executive producer role, lovestory. is the most fluid, flowing project from the always-prolific Shawn Chrys yet.
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