G​.​I​.​T​.​U.

by Chris Rivers

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“Sincerely Me” And No matter what you do I still rather be here with you I hope that you know this Though I didn’t show it I look everywhere and all I see is you Hey dad I really miss ya If you was right here I probably kiss ya Fuck all that masculinity shit I ain’t see you since I was a kid And I forgave all the shit that you did Hope that you’re good wherever that is Momma good it just makes me sad that sometimes she ain’t find herself And I feel bad cause I been lost And I don’t find that much time to help The girls are strong but it’s the world and they have mentally declining health And I wish that you was here cause I could really use somebodies help And No matter what you do I still rather be here with you I hope that you know this Though I didn’t show it I look everywhere and all I see is you Ps I’m I’m innocent Know that this claim is legitimate I Carried guilt and I lived with it Remember that time that you sat me down and told me you was daddy now But if something happened then you pass it down As the only boy I’ll take action how Did you expect that of a six year old And I respected that but I missed my goal We was in the shivering cold Making wishes til wishing got old Home invasions cause Nighas got bold We just laid their wishing they’d go Aliens made it cause daddy phoned home I learned to hit on these girls on my own I never learned that this world was own Wish you was here to see how much I’ve grown Cause No matter what you do I still rather be here with you I hope that you know this Though I didn’t show it I look everywhere and all I see is you I started rapping now And your boy nice like jesus was Getting chased by beezlebub Clout chasers wanna be with us Had to learn how to peep who’s friends or fans When I was learning how to read and stuff But if I could wish for a life to live it’ll be this twice Cause If I was rich I wouldn’t learn what priceless is And man was we poor While the world thought we was ballin The bill collectors just called Shit mamma strong but she ballin And most these Nighas you loved , shit I ain’t see them at all since you was met by your judge , and court cases they stalled in I just hope you know Your boy stronger now And though our family suffered It is no longer how I’ll use the strength I muster Then I could call you proud It be nice to hug ya , and tell you how much I love you Sincerely me
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“G.I.T.U., an acronym for Greatest In The Universe. The title encompasses the feeling this body of work for me. It’s my life experiences, my loves and losses, my stories about overcoming obstacles both external and internal, while learning to love myself and becoming the best version of me. Both as a person and as an artist I tried to push my boundaries and expand my limitations. Everyone’s world is their own, everyone has their own universe that they are in control of, this is mine. I’m the G.I.T.U.” – Chris Rivers

Since he first entered the rap game, every mention of Chris Rivers inevitably acknowledges the influence of his father, Big Pun, one of the art form’s all-time greats. It’s a gift that offered the Bronx MC the opportunity to be heard, but simultaneously a curse that elicits unfair comparisons. But with his Mello Music debut, G.I.T.U., Rivers achieves what would’ve been impossible for a lesser talent: he stakes his claim as a singular artist, one speaking for his generation, his culture, his familial heritage, and most crucially, himself.

If Rivers is unquestionably the son of the first solo Latin rapper with a platinum plaque, he has clearly evolved into his own man. G.I.T.U is the opportunity to tell his story--one that starts full of mourning and self-doubt but matures into a gripping tale of self-discovery. In bold declarative terms, he sketches a portrait of a life lived on the margins, weathering the storms of abuse, poverty, and the lingering shadow of high expectations.

There are struggles with addiction and suicidal thoughts, but Rivers transcends those demons to deliver audio dope that does his legacy proud. He raps with the jaw-dropping lyrical agility and syllable precision that you’d expect from his patrimony, but with the vulnerability and introspection that can only come from an artist who possesses a rare knowledge of self. You can hear the inheritance of his late great father, but also a synthesis and expansion upon the path trodden by Black Thought, Mos Def, and Lupe Fiasco.

The title itself doubles as a mantra: Greatest In The Universe. This is the self-affirmation that Rivers told himself in his most turbulent moments. It’s an inspirational credo that allowed him to keep going, but also operates as fuel to listeners -- particularly those seeking a refracted light from someone deeply familiar with the darkness.

The 16 tracks encompass nearly every mood. There’s the confessional “Perfect,” where Rivers declares “well, I never loved myself, but right now I’m in love with two bitches, I mean women, I mean prisons, I mean prisms.” In the course of a single sentence, he’s able to convey labyrinthine complications. There is “Trick,” where Rivers rumbles like a champion prizefighter, boasting about how his sisters taught him how to brawl, reminiscing on his early days as a “little Puerto Rican fat boy with a brain like an asteroid.” Over rope-a-dope drums, he creates an anthem built for stage-diving and chaos, delivering a pummeling series of references that run from MC Hammer to Cassius Clay to anime. It’s a modern iteration of a tunnel banger: riotous, rowdy, New York brass knuckle rap.

“Damaged Goods” finds the 25-year old lyricist questioning the differences between lust and love, dropped his guard to exhibit a relatable sensitivity. “Wolf Mode” pairs a poignant sax lick with a plea to be able protect oneself from the storms of life. It’s not about being bulletproof, but rather, to possess the strength to endure the chaos that we must face. Yet Rivers is willing to accept the challenges head-on, claiming that he’d “rather have the hard truth than a sweet lie.” While “N.A.S.A.” takes dead-aim at the traps of millennial life: too many useless contacts in your phone, the dim lies of clout, and the indelible need to find the real ones who will hold you down. There is also a flawless “Pakinamac” homage.

The emotional centerpiece of the album arrives on the heart-wrenching “Sincerely Me.” It’s a tribute to Big Pun, but one that refuses to bow down to over-sentimentality. You feel Rivers’ pain and sadness, the struggles of his family, and his frustration at being unable to have a father to turn towards for advice. It’s a votive to a dearly departed spirit, gone much too soon. But when the song fades out, Rivers is stronger than before. A prayer has been answered. It’s the fully fleshed out picture of a son who doesn’t want to eclipse the father but rather, who wants to be able to stand beside him, shoulder to shoulder, two of the greatest of their times.

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released August 16, 2019

Mixed by Rod The Producer, Jamison Leff, Bingx, & Adrian "The Boss" Brown
All Songs Produced by Rod The Producer
Mastered by Rod The Producer
Recorded by Rod The Producer & Chris Rivers
Recorded at the Mes Hall

Graphic Design by Airmagination & Austin Hart
Cover Art by Ariel Colon of Airmagination
Photography by 36DView

Executive Produced by Michael Tolle

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