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Chase Shakur lets the ‘nite’ last on ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ deluxe ahead of North American tour

Chase Shakur’s knack for seamlessly blending genres is anchored in his ability to defy sonic expectations.

“The Black Chip Skylark” — who draws loose comparisons to Brent Faiyaz — shared his latest project, it’s not you, it’s me, this past June, as the 10-track escapade served as a spiritual sequel to Shakur’s 2022 EP, It’ll Be Fine.

His new deluxe, it’s not you, it’s me… it’s love, delves deeper into the aftermath of a toxic, broken relationship, charting its backdrop of ethereal, hazy R&B and captivating vocals — particularly evident in original cuts like “no more cryin’”, “143,” “i know you’ve been lonely” and “x’s n o’s,” among others.

Adding three new tracks in “exit 65,” “you’re so lovely” and his infectious, dance-inducing House single “nite” on Friday (Sept. 1), the Atlanta-bred singer coincides the new release with his headlining “It’s Still Love Tour,” which kicks off on Oct. 30 in Houston and ends on Nov. 21 in his hometown of Atlanta.

Ultimately, Shakur’s ambitious vision seeks to reshape the R&B landscape. The Def Jam signee displays his adeptness at fusing multiple genres, bringing forth a fresh yet outwardly sultry soundscape. It’s not you, it’s me is not just a continuation of his previous work, but a further exploration of the vulnerabilities within a break-up — mesmerizing listeners with a plethora of introspective performances.

Shakur’s journey wasn’t without challenges. After leaving school to focus on music, he faced personal upheavals, including being ousted from his childhood home. These experiences, however, only cemented his determination. During this period, Shakur forged vital connections with producers and songwriters, leading to the formation of the Forever N September collective, which significantly influenced the sound of it’s not you, it’s me.

Listen to “its not you, it’s me… it’s love” below!