From the ominous "Peace" -Nas , echoing at the start, through to its trailing return at the end of this beat tape, Jansport J has captured and paid homage to the proverbially pharoahic Mecca of Hiphop itself: NYC.
This concept LP was a result of his first pilgrimage to said Mecca, and right off the bat, the intensity of the megalopolis heightened to its edgiest potential at the peak of its harsh winter, bangs a menacing tone to your soul over a familiar break (once a party classic by Run DMC) now laced with sinister new chords and chops of a zatoichi exactitude that provide J's distinctive texturing. Let's pause here to appreciate Jansport's technique; 'a freshcoast beast' could have been a suitable subtitle for this tape if we were looking at it objectively. From the subtly woofer blessing lows to the consistently detailed, but never overly complicated trebly transients, and the full spectrum of warm and crisp mids in between, J is masterful at his art. Don't take my word for it, tho, just pay attention to the vocal samples sliced and positioned with the precision of a Dilla or Madlib, but loudly proclaiming a distinct spot on an altogether different mountain kingdom.
Back to the vibes: The first half of this tape has NO chill. This is theme music for illegal graffiti bombing, or robbing banks tbh... It there are moments of calm, their like brief sojourns in elevators between BoomBap chase scenes. Listen to it to get hype, as the BPM doesn't drop below the upper 90s most of the time. Even as the mood shifts subtly, maybe 2/3rds thru, to re-integrate J's signature west coast soul chops, the intensity is consistent and molten.
Yo, J, did I detect an almost solemn longing for a return to your Cali comfort zone towards the end? idk but every blap of the journey ensoniq had been (and repeatedly will be) a head nodding guttural thrill I couldn't recommend more highly taking pulls from the loudest oowop in a pissy staircase of the Empire State Building if it was ripped out of NY's crust and supplanted upon the crest of a Himalayan peak overlooking Shangri La populated by the Buddhas themselves. (after completing a wildstyle burner complete with anime mecha and hentai chics fondling the fat caps of aerosol chest missiles erotically embracing their DOOM)
- NoFace Out
PS Rumors of a SlumpSport collab project are spreading like wildfire. Naturally.
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