Kansas City super-producer, Don Juan, and Cali/KC transplant, James Christos, have put their heads together in an effort for Christos’ new single, “No One Here”. An ever-evolving Kansas City rap vet, Christos has had his hands in all kinds of hip hop events across the city in one way or another through his Guerrilla Movement imprint for years, and has stayed relevant while others have fallen off. Don Juan? He only produced nine of the more riotous tracks from Tech N9ne’s 2002 classic, Anghellic, and has some gold and platinum plaques under his belt in addition to producing for the likes of Ice-T, Rich The Factor and probably too many to name at the moment.
We’re not exactly sure if/when this will be released on a mixtape or album soon from Christos, but consider the song additional ammunition for his top-shelf live performances. Christos has proven to be a solid songwriter as well, and that merit is more than evident on “No One Here”. James’ lyrics paint a picture of coming from the bottom, losing his best friend to violence, hell on Earth, and how these things can “make life for the lames just a lil’ bit harder”, in addition to making Christos the person he is today. Christos’ own personal tribulations bleed through Don Juan’s stomping instrumental like sharpie ink soaking into a napkin, “slanged ‘caine and I ain’t blame the Anglos”. The odd chorus makes this track a bit difficult to swallow overall (which tends to be the case in some of Christos’ older material), but the verses are money and the message is clear and relevant: No one here gets out alive.