There is something addictively fresh about “95′” on this latest release from the “J.J. Tha Wikid 1” artist. From the first moments, the high quality and character of the production is very evident, and as the vocals roll in, this creatively structured yet undeniably focused piece of music and songwriting unfolds. The initial simplicity of those soundscapes sets a modest but effective scene in which the looming, dominant voice can fully develop and overwhelm its audience.
The intensity of the music builds and builds for a number of reasons, not least the honest and reflective nature of the lyrics. The production feeds into this well and the entire track has a definite vibe that makes the atmosphere feel soft and melancholy. The sounds and samples all fit a particular thread, but there’s a different level of variation between tracks.
The themes vary and the storytelling is very honest and true to the artists involved and their own perspectives and experiences. As always when it comes to the subject matter, this idea of starting from scratch, starting from the bottom comes up again and again. Consistency is what further ties everything together and adds to the mood and indeed the reality and openness of the release. The vocal effect and most of the instruments bear a further resemblance, but as mentioned, there are many differences between the tracks, not least in all the energy expressed from one point to the next.
“95′ ” is a great song that quickly evolves into something pretty amazing. The music creates a peaceful and stylish ambient setting that lets you play at first, but once you actually start listening to the lyrics, there’s little here that strikes you as an imitation. This perspective is fresh and skillfully crafted in the song’s structure.
The artist’s use of melody is minimal but effective, which contrasts well with the varied energy of the rap flow. The lyrics are surprising at certain points, especially when you consider how open and real the lines are. Moreover, nothing seems to be there to fill the space. The thoughtful nature of the writing is constantly evident, and despite the mellow energy of the track as a whole, it grows and grows in intensity and power through the clever arrangement of lines and effective use of musicality.