Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Reviews:: J-Live - Reveal The Secret

I've been puttin' the ole hip hop review machine on overdrive as of late, so I thought I might as well keep things going. And keep them going we shall, but rather than with our normal dose of Halifax or Canadian hip hop, we give some mini-post love to one of the hill's favorite MC's from the US of A: J-Live. When I say the hill, I don't mean the royal we, as the Ack is also a J-Live fan. Considering the Ack listens to approximately zero hip hop released after the mid 90's, his appreciation of J-Live's skills is an impressive endorsement.

If you've heard J-Live before, you know why he's able to sway crusty hip hop deniers like the Ack, he's simply a tremendous MC. His flow is dexterous, his lyrics are witty and intelligent, and on top of that, I don't believe he's ever created a retarded dance to accompany one of his songs. It wouldn't be a stretch to file J's excellent All Of The Above under the list of my favorite album's, for the tens of you that are interested in such things, and while J's last release had the unfortunate task of living up to a classic album, I thought it was still solid. So that leads us to Reveal The Secret, a teaser EP released in vinyl and digital form in anticipation of J's next long-player Then What Happened which is slated for next year.

Based on these 6 songs, I'm thinking Then What Happened should be a must listen. The Jazzy Jeff produced The Incredible scratches the bejubus out of the classic Chuck D line, and would be enjoyable even without J's pristine flow. Practice appeared on Jazzy's latest album (Return Of The Magnificent), and it re-appears here on the EP in original, AI-ranted form as well as in a Marco Poloed-out remix. Da Beatminerz contribute the scratchy, old-school beat for Feel Like Spittin', and J does exactly that, letting you know his skills on the mic and even the turntables is very vast.

I like this EP, and based on the solid beatmakers on display here (DJ Spinna and Oddisee also contribute tracks), the full length should be impressive. If you've never heard J-Live before, consider this your late pass and check him out today.

MP3:: J-Live - The Incredible

Posted at 10:59 AM by naedoo :: 3 comments

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At 3:41 PM, Blogger Aidan did sayeth:

Yo thanks for this. J-Live is one of those MC's who I know I like but just never have time or money to check out. This track is lovely! I must listen to more!


At 8:03 AM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

Yeah, I was happy to stumble upon it as dudes like J are few and far between right now.


At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Kerstin did sayeth:

i want to hear the track how can i do that?


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