Chillin Villin Empire

Portrait of a Serial Chiller

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In the early- to mid-'90s as artists such as Freestyle Fellowship and Volume 10 were making even mainstreamers take notice of the Goodlife/Project Blowed movement, they were very much working in allegiance with Chillin Villin Empire. As first and foremost a production crew, CVE quickly became known throughout the South Central Los Angeles scene as proper beat providers and party rockers. Their concentration on making rebel music, uncompromising in its thrust toward justice, made their beat tapes hot items on the same streets that hosted the 1992 insurrection. Longtime veterans of the game, Riddlore and Ngafsh created the CVE sound signature by merging old school drum kicks à la Run-D.M.C. and LL Cool J with the smoothed-out nuances of G-funk taken to a new sonic level. With the influence of Sunday nights cruising on Crenshaw Boulevard always at the forefront of its ability to bump, Portrait of a Serial Chiller presents an array of back-breaking rhythms, pulsating with heavy bass and sharp percussion. Sporting "gotta cumm up" as their overriding slogan, the 12 instrumental tracks on the album are enhanced by a single vocal track that features extended freestyles by Ngafsh, Riddlore, Chu, and Busdriver.