Release Date: Aug 14, 2015
Record label: eOne
Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Gangsta Rap, East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap
Over the course of his Hurry Up and Die and Cocaine Riot mixtape series, the Queens rapper Chinx pieced together a gruff, promising sound. Versed in the foreboding thump of Atlanta trap but very much New York in spirit and form, Chinx at his best (the mischievously weird "I'm a Coke Boy", from Cocaine Riot 2), suggested that Coke Boys could be more than just French Montana's goon squad. Then one May morning the unthinkable happened: Chinx was killed as shots were fired at his car outside of a venue he’d just performed.
Welcome to JFK finds mixtape maven Chinx -- formerly Chinx Drugz -- at the beginning of a second career in the mainstream, but before the release of this album he was killed in a drive-by shooting. A tragic loss, and an artistic one as well since the autobiographical "Far Rock" proves the man behind the hardcore series of Cocaine City mixtapes can also deliver a relatable story and show some pathos. "Yay" is a hook-filled club anthem worth chanting, while "On Your Body" is smooth and silky R&B inspired by the Weeknd.
Posthumous albums are museum displays more than albums. Every lyric draws the magnifying glass closer and the album encapsulates a time period. Therefore, the body of work is no longer judged simply by its content independently but, time of its production. The Notorious B.I.G. had “Suicidal ….
It sucks as a music fan when a promising young artist is taken away by senseless violence; there’s really no other way to put it. That’s what happened on May 17, 2015 when Coke Boys MC Chinx was fatally shot eight times while stopped at a red light in his silver, late-model Porsche on Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive in his native borough. Just 31 years young, the Queens native was taken far too soon and the hip-hop community felt it deeply.