JonXKennedy delivers style and substance to a genre lacking both in 'Nostalgia'
Release Date: 2/13/14
Seconds into Nostalgia you realize that young JonXKennedy is still in pursuit of answers. Throughout his journey, within ambient production, he struggles with his past while focusing on his future. This tape is one of self-discovery; as opposed to following the current trends, like molly rap or twerk rap, JonXKennedy delivers sophistication unparalleled by most his age. As a result, the project thoroughly explores both originality and substance on the same plane, treating them like lead characters in his narrative. Regardless of which theme takes hold, it’s obvious the Lexington MC finds his identity with rap music. JonXKennedy has a deep love for books and knowledge which has shaped his crafted into its own entity. To say he is before his time is a harsh understatement as he continues to prove more self-sufficient with each passing track. Opening with himself as the instrumentation shows his creativity and willingness to push the envelope. Nostalgia is introspective look at our generation through the eyes of a starving artist. JonXKennedy's sound is a new breed. Neo-soul, ambient and bass heavy production embodies his emotion in turn creating his unique sound. Kentucky artist lack an overall sound due to a lack of state wide influence which has created the platform for JonXKennedy to grow and develop.
Nostalgia's standouts include “Right Now,” which has a heavy baseline that encourages X's lyrical prowess to shine and an infectious hook; the laid-back demeanor on “Born To Win,” where X employs a confident flow before relapsing in an overtly direct breakdown; and “Ego,” which delivers a ferocious verse that is unquestionably the most cocky of the MC’s young career thus far. “Fuck Whatever Them Hoes Say!” he howls confidently, and you can’t help but wonder what savage sounds like if this isn’t it. Jon constantly refuses to acknowledge anyone as a peer as if to suggest himself a tier above, and while such ego could prove costly, the confidence accompanies the music. No song lack substance or ventures too far from the narrative or the occupied soundspace, and with each passing verse, JonXKennedy becomes a threat to leave his mark similar. Look out for this tape to drop on HotNewHipHop hnhh.co/mgeaa
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