I am a music junky who has gotten many of my best highs from hits of raw, uncut hip hop. From KRS-ONE, ATCQ, and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (don’t front, you know you liked them too), to Bahamadia and Black Star, i’ve gained many favorite emcees.
In 2002, i added J-Live to my list of favorites after hearing “One for the Griot.” Actually, i had heard “Braggin’ Writes” some time before that, but didn’t come to recognize and respect the god-emcee until All of the Above. Since then, his ability to deliver socially relevant messages and funny stories in some of the most clever lyrics i’ve ever heard has launched J-Live to the top of my “dope emcee” list (it doesn’t hurt that he’s also a DJ — see him perform “Braggin’ Writes” live! — and producer) whose music i anxiously PURCHASE whenever it’s released.
Today i purchased J-Live’s newest full-length album, S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability). I’m listening to it now and will write an album review for next week’s installment of Tru Skool Tuesday. Only a few tracks in, i can see that it’s going to be worth writing about in two blog posts! If you get this, let me know what you think.