‘No Religion But Up’ is the first delivery from 21-year-old St. Millie’s ‘Chvrch Music’ brand, offering a Hip-Hop vintage vibe that fuses pop and dub-step sounds leaving traces of classic experimental and soulful music. The sound is refreshing in today’s Hip-Hop scene as it shows a progressive level of maturity in Millie’s point-of-view and writing style.
Poetic in nature, Millie takes listeners on an elevated ride as he navigates his audience through a narrative of his life intertwined with testimonial rhythms and melodic vocals breeding the hopes and dreams of a soul destined to make it beyond curveballs thrown his way.
His way of combining the ‘turnt up’ style that producer DiVon “Von Vuai” Bell delivers (They Love Me and Eight2Nine Ft Rockie Fresh), in Hip-Hop with that of his poetic storytelling which comes in to play with production from Philip “The Gift” Outley on (Something Good, History ft Nathan Chester), both whom serve as executive producers along with Drew Hurt (Hella Smooth Ft Vic Spencer, All I do ft C. Rich) on the ‘No Religion But Up’ project is unique in that it embodies a creative separation from his rap peers and delivers from a honest and relatable space.
While offering his story, the album also embraces the club aura with tracks such as, ‘Hello’ produced by Von Vuai and The Gift produced delivery on ‘I’m Crazy’ featuring Rich the Second which lead to an energetic performance bringing balance to Millie’s in-depth and distinctive body of work.
“I wanted to bring realism, my story to the album. Sound wise I wanted to bring soul. I wanted to bring fun to it. I just really want people to be able to listen to ‘No Religion But Up’ from top to bottom and give the kind of songs that people can take to the clubs and listen to, give songs that they can listen to when they’re going through relationships or just trying to enjoy their day,” states Millie.
The albums leading single, Something Good gives audiences a classic hip-hop vibe reminiscent of the hip hop anthem ‘I Used To Love H.E.R.’ by fellow Chicagoan, artist Common.
‘Will You Cry’, the album’s final view into Millie’s story, brings a soulful grimace leaving a realistic impression that summarizes the journey you’ve experienced during the album’s entirety.
Most look at Chicago as a city with no miracles, but the lane Millie and his camp are paving is showing that hard work, dedication, talent, and a focused team can truly turn a dream into reality. And this is only the beginning.