chris mcclenney

PREMIERE: Chris McClenney’s “What You Mean To Me” is the Love Child of the 2000s

Creative Direction in photo: Mafalda Millies
Styling in photo: Sofia Costima


So far, the Baltimore singer and producer Chris McClenney has been cooking up something special. He’s released two singles off of his upcoming Portrait in Two EP. Each inhabits its own groove and today’s new track is no different. His vulnerable and delicate voice pushes through all of the emotions he’s feeling as the old school R&B-inspired beat rides along.

“What You Mean To Me” is also giving listeners a taste of what the 2000s felt like, combining early Usher and Kenna. Then, just when you thought you had the song figured out, for the last minute and a half, Chris takes you straight underground to a small, unmarked jazz cafe with a delicate piano solo. At this point, this is the kind of stuff we look forward to from the Soulection affiliate.

Chris had this to say about the track to us via email:

“We’ve heard so many love songs that are about showing off, but ‘What You Mean to Me’ tells a different story. It’s about boldly facing your fears when initially opening up to the person you feel was made for you. Being confidently vulnerable even when you don’t know the outcome. ‘What You Mean to Me’ discusses romance through an introspective lens. It’s sonically relevant in today’s R&B, but thematically different.”

Portrait in Two will be written, performed, produced, arranged, and mixed by Chris.

Related Posts

Music
Music

PREMIERE: Chris McClenney Makes His “Confession”

Music
Music

Listen to Chris Brown’s New Track, “What Would You Do?”

Music
Music

Here’s Jeremih’s New Single, “I Think Of You,” Featuring Chris Brown & Big Sean

Music
Music

Chris Brown Arrested and Released After Baffling Standoff With LAPD

Music
Music

Stream Dave East’s “Perfect” New Single, Featuring Chris Brown

Ad

Latest News

donald trump Features

Donald Trump’s 31 Worst Tweets of 2017 (So Far)

He still has 21 days left for more misery
grownboitrap Video

Open Space: GrownBoiTrap

"Haitians don't play about that"
21 savage Features

21 Savage’s 10 Biggest Surprises of 2017

A weird 12 months for one of the year's breakout stars
remy ma Features

Wonder Woman: How Remy Ma Changed The Game For Female Rappers in 2017

"Contrary to popular belief, I'm not a bully. I actually bully the bullies"
J. Cole sitting on a porch in hockey jersey Features

Reexamining J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only,’ One Year Later

This is a novel, everything else was the Cliff's Notes
Mixtape Art

Star Wars Meets Hip Hop On DJ Chong Wizard’s ‘The Last Mixtape’

You should be as excited about this mixtape as the movie
hopsin Video

Open Space: Hopsin

"If I feel like I'm a piece of sh*t, I'm going to be the coolest piece of sh*t to ever walk the earth"
Morlocks Knowledge

Knowledge Darts Vol. 30: Why Underground Rap Will Never Die

I'm still underground like a motherf*cking Morlock
beenie man Features

Murda She Wrote: Beenie Man, Konshens, Tarrus Riley, Aidonia x Govanna

The best real dancehall music right now
pineapple citi Music

So What If 50 Cent Stole Her Song? New Jersey Rapper pineappleCITI Is Moving On

The last thing she wants is for 50 to outshine her music
g herbo Video

Smoke a Blunt with G Herbo

“You need to be paranoid when you ain’t on some weed, ‘cause shit be going over your head.”
BattleRap Features

Ultimate Rap League’s Founders Speak On SMACK Volume 1

The resurrection of real battle rap
jason peterson Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Photographer/Ad Titan Jason M. Peterson

“A great photograph makes you feel something”
gucci mane Features

The 36 Most Inspirational Gucci Mane Tweets of 2017

Words to live by from a man who's had a hell of a life
88glam Video

Open Space: 88GLAM

“Pretty ahead of its time for Toronto music”
Emma McKee Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Cross Stitcher Emma McKee

"Juice is temporary... sauce is everlasting"