Often the question of “What goes into your writing process?” is asked to artists, sometimes that question can be hard to contextualize. For Jèan P The MC however, that question would probably be scratched off the list. This honesty in Jèan’s lyrics over the years has created a fragmented autobiographical portrait of his life. For a longtime listener like myself, Jèan’s lyrics provide insight to details of his life that others may find too difficult to share on such a platform. Joke’s On You is the culmination of the emcee exploring brute, self reflective honesty, paired with a deep understanding of his sound as a musician.
Twenty projects in, the masterful writing on Joke’s On You is presented with an extreme vulnerability in forms of poetic letters to his loved ones, colleagues and himself. In a selfish way it’s refreshing to hear such interpersonal reflection from another human.
One track in particular, Never Give Up is so profoundly true to Jean’s personal life that it makes you feel as though you are the therapist in the room while Jèan spills his emotions. Never Give Up allows for an understanding to be had as the listener, an understanding that is so closely attached to Jèan’s rawest of emotions that it can feel invasive. The open conversation to his son presents heartbreaking realities of not only his life but the lives of fathers and sons all across the world.
Jèan P The MC has continuously grown his brand and art into one of Canton, Ohio’s most respected movements. While the overwhelming honesty in his lyrics allow for such deep understanding of his personal life, one must note the genius in Jèan’s approach in creating a relatable, trustworthy, likeable role model for the city.
While the newfound support from the press and the city is fresh, Jèan’s curation of instrumentals and approach to the Hip-Hop industry has formed a timeless recognition, setting him apart from others in the city and state. With production from acclaimed such as Jay Swifa, LAKIM and Mydus the brass infused album holds hints of early 2000’s production. Jèan’s sound has consistently held a soulful aspect that can be tied to his mother’s involvement and love for music, Joke’s On You from beginning to end delivers those qualities while tapping into strong nostalgic hip-hop production concepts.
The album ultimately presents a double sided commentary, with thorough conceptualization regarding Jèan’s opinion on the current state of Hip-Hop, his personal life and the bleeding together of the two. It’s distinguished sound and masterful lyricism speaks for itself, leaving nothing unturned. Jean’s wise use of features, paid homage to underground legends and upcoming Ohio artists while remaining consistent to his style will continue to help his evolution as an artist.
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