This album was released on January 24th this year. Jay Cinema is an underground artist and follower of this blog who I’ve been familiar with for maybe a year or two. I’ve only ever heard a couple tracks here and there, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard. He’s also the one who put me onto Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon, so I thank him for that. I’m pretty sure he’s also friends with Pink Siifu, so that’s cool too. Anyway, from what I’ve heard he’s part of the current underground lofi abstract Hip Hop scene, so I think I’ll dig this. I’ve never heard of the producer WilfMerson before, so I’m pretty much going into this blind, but I trust that I’ll enjoy it nonetheless.As always, I’ll write about the songs I liked first before getting into the tracks I won’t be returning to. The album begins with Desolate, and right away I was super impressed by Wilf’s production. It sounds really heavy and kinda rough, almost like an August Fanon beat. Jay Cinema himself is clearly very influenced by the music of guys like MIKE, Earl, Medhane, King Carter, etc. The opening line in which he says “I got my heart on my sleeve” pretty much tells you what you’re in for with this project lyrically. I definitely relate to a lot of it.
Losing focus, I stare out the windowThe rain pouring at a different tempoCan it slow down? It’s a flood nowI see my blood on the groundWhat if I bleed out? I been in a droughtCan’t cope with doubt, I been walking on the same routeGot my foot on the curb, lately I been disturbedMy mother’s words help me when I’m hurt
Walking on clouds, face to face with the lordOnly he knows all the shit that I sawFace my issues with a grin, every L I take it to the chinStill growing from my deadly sins, seven of them
Sorry to say you can’t fuck with my shadowBeen in a hassle with the thoughts that I unravelToo many words in my head, it’s like scrabbleBut I still dazzle the massesYou niggas slow like molasses
I been shedding my fearsI been shifting the gears2020, yeah, the vision clearIf you didn’t know, I’m top tierHope the future bright like a chandelierMaking issues disappearTryna be king of the city, where kids become grittyI been living filthy, I been feeling guilty
On the train with the Jordan face tryna keep faith aliveWho you know shine as bright in the darkest night?They tryna cover my lightI always stood out, wasn't fond of fitting inI just mind my businessI’m a lost causeYou can catch me with my dogsTake a pauseIs it a loss if you grow from it?
I be drifting in a tussle with my nervesSpeech slurred, stumble over wordsProblems occur, the past was a blurReally grew from the dirtThrew my hurt in the verseHad to toss them awayYou could see it in my face, I was scared, afraidHad to man up, now I’m never fazed
Where is God?Got to defy the oddsThat been the missionIf you look like me then it isn’t competition'Cause we all in the same placeAll tryna keep faithTry to live with grace before it’s too lateCan’t lose to angerFriends became strangersStaying calm in the middle of dangerTelling stories like a painterNever had heroes, I'm my own saviorIt’s innate, it’s only natureI seen niggas do stupid shit for the paper
Had to cut the class, but I took the pen and padTo everyone who did me wrong, y’all gonna feel the wrathIt’s a bloodbath on my pathI found passion in the words, you find yours in a flaskPeople search for heaven at the bottom of a bottleGot my foot on the pedal, going full throttle