Wednesday, September 1, 2010

“Jag of all tradez” [THE REVIEW]

Artiste: Jesse Jagz
Album Title: Jagz of All Tradez
Producer: Jesse Jagz

The debut album of the fast rising Chocolate City producer and songwriter Jesse Jagz.

Away from popular bangers such as, wetin dey, pussy cat, pump it up and bend down low currently getting heavy rotation on radio stations, mp3s and in clubs, entertane decides to take the extra step to check out other good songs worthy of a replay on the album.

Take-Over a bouncy track which opens the album on which Jagz states clear his intention to be a force to reckon with in the music industry. He got a good lyrical input from fellow J-Town ambassador Ice-Prince verbally stating their intent on a coup d’etat, “u think say we come lagos to count bridge/ I don bust taya so tey my mouth bleed…”

Jargo surely proves Jesse as a force to reckon with in d art of beat-making. With hook that will get the whole aboki population moving on the dance floor.

Number One is a laid back reggae type of song capable of growing fast on the listener.

Jagged Life sees Jagz getting all retrospective talking his trials & travails and hw music came to the rescue, he did raise some personal issues about his life a lot of his fans would be interested in and he also did a good job employing the soulful voice of the project Fame ambassador Lindsey who did mad justice to the hook of this two-versed song, making it worth an instant replay.

Sugar Cane Baby is a lagbaja-inspired creative song that exhibits a good measure of love poetry’ over some African talking drums.

On My Brother, a personal favorite Jagz kinda took it back to the 90s boom bap beat pattern with melodious strings that reminds one of songs from the famous hip-hop group ‘Arrested Development’. A historical and uplifting song on which Jags metaphorically narrate the painful colonial separation of the black race, "same country, same city, same home/ same flesh, same blood, same bone/ we was, born from the same uterus/ so pain is sumthin dats not new to us,” a highly lyrical song worth paying attention to with a simple hook done by Ene that sort of urge one to sing along to. This song he dedicates to the unity of not just the black race alone but all ethnicities.

Inhale Out is such a nice and playful track with that kind of beat any rapper would want to rhyme to. He employs the services of the new kid on the EME block, Skales who brought it home.

So with over 11 good songs , the album is surely worth a buy. However, a few songs on the cut tend to sound samey with some ‘kanye-like’ imitation underlining Jesse Jagz style but that regardless, "Jag of all tradez" still stand out as one of the best Naija albums so far for this year and possibly could earn that classic status.

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