Considering his immense beatmaking ability, it’s impressive-cum-sickening to hear how versatile Low End Theory alumnus Jonwayne is as a rapper.
The opener on this title-making-it-obvious debut MC LP, ‘After The Calm’, is reminiscent of pre-Drake emo-rap, and is followed by the thudding, braggadocio-brimming piano-led boom-bap of ‘You Can Love Me When I’m Dead’.
Later, fellow Digital Diamonds representative Scoop DeVille shows up with a low-rider-designed beat for ‘The Come Up, Pt.2’ (live video below), which precedes the wordy abstraction of ‘Yung Grammar’ – all the while retaining a cohesion reserved for those able to serve up both the raps and beats.
Far from an ill-advised sideways movement for its maker, from production to rhymes, ‘Rap Album One’ finds a well-deserved home within Stones Throw’s prestigious catalogue.
Words: Grant Brydon
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Clash’s new issue, featuring M.I.A. on its lovely cover – and Jonwayne inside, no less – is out now. Check it.
Listen to ‘Rap Album One’ in full via Deezer, below…