Cartier Sims
Cartier Chronicles


4.0
excellent

Review

by Narshh USER (8 Reviews)
May 18th, 2011 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dasdat Cartier

Cartier Sims, Guy Harrison, and the Backhand Fam probably sound foreign to almost all of the music aficionados that populate this site. However, those names and other Backhand Fam affiliates need no introduction to the students of Syracuse University. The two MCs, Sims and Harrison, started to take over the college scene late last year with the release of their collaborative self titled mixtape through their group, Backhand Fam. Backhand Fam includes the two MCs and a few in-house producers, most notably fellow Syracuse freshman MiGGZ. After the initial mixtape, Guy Harrison’s second solo mixtape, "The Deadline", and a generous number of college shows (including one with none other than Mac Miller), the Backhand Fam MC, Cartier Sims, went ahead and finally released his first solo mixtape.

From the first track of "Cartier Chronicles", one thing is blatantly clear: the beats are huge. The intro instrumental track, produced by MiGGZ (easily the most innovative and arguably talented producer on the mixtape) is eerie, haunting, and sounds downright inspired. From the chilling sample of female vocals that seem to just be harmonizing, to the spacey clap and beeps reminiscent of Boards of Canada, this 2 minute instrumental passes by seamlessly into the first real song, ‘You Oughtta Know’. In the same vein as the intro track, the concluding track, ‘Guess What’, also sports incredibly innovative vocal samples that infinitely increase the track’s appeal. If one were looking through this mixtape simply for the beats, I would, without hesitation, recommend any track with the name MiGGZ credited to it. Whether it’s the simplicity of ‘Passaway’, the slickness of ‘Fam Matters’, or the bounce of ‘Shady Flow’, MiGGZ’s beats are always on point. But that’s not to say the other tracks don’t shine as well. The second single, ‘In The Clouds’, featuring Milan Flynch on the hook, without a doubt the best hook on the mixtape, , is extremely well crafted and showcases great hip-hop sensibility and of course, Cartier’s charm.

Charm and flow are where Cartier truly shines. On Backhand Fam, Cartier’s distinct flow earned him recognition as Guy Harrison’s equal, and essentially, this mixtape is a glorification of that style. His smooth slur and relaxed drawl may seem contrived but truly do come off as genuine, wholesome, and pure fun. This flow is coupled with his charm, evident on tracks such as the two singles, ‘In The Clouds’ and ‘Shady Flow’, where he seems to mess up but adds quips like “hahah, f*cked that up, keep it rolling though”, put a smile on the listener’s face and don’t detract too much from the progression of the track. There is only one guest appearance on this mixtape, aside from Milan Flynch, and that is none other than fellow Backhand affiliate Guy Harrison. Cartier and Guy, accompanied with favored Backhand producer MiGGZ, team up on ‘Fam Matters’ to deliver a slick Fam anthem, with a raw mock hook that goes “hands up/hands up/if you ***ing with my family hands up”. Cartier’s style increases the enjoyment of every track, but this might also be where the mixtape’s flaws lie.

Although Cartier’s lyrical content, ranging from his parents to his blown up social life, is quite a bit less artificial than the lines found on Guy Harrison’s mixtape, his enunciation, lack of any other emotion aside from #SWAG, and the imposing nature of some of the beats, hinder the mixtape from being a truly cohesive listen. At times it seems as if the beats just might be a little too much for this young MC, who tries his best to just shrug it off and keep on flowing at a relaxed pace. It’s dangerous when the listener starts to wish he or she could just listen to the beats instead of having to drudge through the rhymes first. Thankfully, these moments are rare, and Cartier is able to keep our attention for the most part with stylized delivery, wordplay, and charisma.

Recommended Tracks
‘Introduction (prod. MiGGZ)’
‘In The Clouds (Feat. Milan Flynch) (prod. P-Note)’
‘Fam Matters (feat. Guy Harrison) (prod. MiGGZ)’
‘Guess What? (prod. MiGGZ)’



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Narshh
May 18th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHEhg7f78TI&feature=player_embedded
-In The Clouds music video

http://cartiersims.com/
-Cartier Chronicles DL

http://backhandfam.com/mixtapes/
-solo mixtapes of Guy Harrison, and the Backhand Fam mixtape (I highly recommended getting this first)

Get Affiliated.

Narshh
May 19th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oo and any comments on the review itself, since most people prolly haven't heard any of these mixtapes, would be appreciated

tkxxx7
May 19th 2011


6153 Comments


where are they from ?

tkxxx7
May 19th 2011


6153 Comments


monotone rapping is hard to pull off

he's not good enough to.

Narshh
May 19th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guy Harrison's from new jersey, Cartier's from somewhere south haha and MiGGZ is from New York...all of them just finished their freshman year at Syracuse,
did you listen to any of Backhand Fam or this mixtape?

HenchmanOfSanta
May 19th 2011


1882 Comments


Alright, which Roeper kid did this? Is that you Gavin?

EDIT: On second look, probably not, since you don't have any Atmosphere or Cap'n Jazz or post-rock rated.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Narshh
May 19th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@henchman, what are you talking about? hahaha

HenchmanOfSanta
May 19th 2011


1882 Comments


It's the high school in Michigan where Cartier Sims, myself and a few other reviewers on this site went. You have suspiciously similar taste to my friends.

HenchmanOfSanta
May 19th 2011


1882 Comments


And by high school I mean high school/middle school/elementary school. I graduated with Sims and I've known him since probably 2nd grade.

Narshh
May 19th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ohh shitt haha didn't know that...you listen to this yet? I went to high school with MiGGZ haha he was in the grade above me

HenchmanOfSanta
May 20th 2011


1882 Comments


I haven't. I've considered getting it a few times and all of my friends say it's solid, but I've been focused on other music.

Small world, huh?

Narshh
May 20th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahah yeah it is..you should proly check this out but if not, I highly reccomend listening to their first Backhand Fam mixtape, its on datpiff or their website..
how's the review btw

tkxxx7
May 20th 2011


6153 Comments


@Henchman I thought he was from Michigan due to the Cartier part of his name, that's why I asked lol

HenchmanOfSanta
May 20th 2011


1882 Comments


Yup, he's from an affluent Detroit suburb. Nice kid.

The review is solid.

Narshh
May 20th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ightt thanks man

tkxxx7
May 20th 2011


6153 Comments


looks like this kid named Cartez

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2011


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy shit dude, never thought I'd see someone other than me write a BHF review. Way to FAMiliarize sputnik.

Narshh
May 21st 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahah np i've been followin this shit since the bhf mixtape last november since I knew MiGGZ lol..people should definitely listen to that mixtape at least

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2011


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree, I did Piff x Orangemen for my school's talent show with Cartier's mom watching. She loved it.

Narshh
May 21st 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahaha that's sickk



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