It takes a great deal of courage and confidence to step out in faith and pursue your dreams, especially if that dream involves some form of artistic expression. You never quite know who will relate to your concept and support your project, or who won’t. Most likely, you’ll have those who will discourage it simply because they see you making an attempt while they have continuously decided not to make any moves at all. It’s all really a gamble; one that I believe makes life a bit more interesting and I’m proud that Charlotte-based lyricist, J. Crump, has made that first step with the release of his mixtape, Crump.Power.Respect.
One of things that I’m looking forward to with Crump’s future releases would be a more established flow. At times, Crump demonstrates a rapid-fire flow that, while impressive, most of the verses becomes dissonate. Tracks such as “Look At Me Now,” “My Chick Bad,” and “Jigga What” all contain that very sprightly word play, but having it set to the flow of the original artists just make them seem like carbon copies, especially “Look At Me Now.” Don’t get me wrong, being able to flow with the velocity as Busta Rhymes is an astounding feat in itself, but if I want to listen to a Busta Rhymes flow, I’d listen to a Busta album. However, any artist has the right to hone and perfect any flow they choose. I personally feel that Crump would be more distinct with something fairly original.
The most notable track is “Come Back To Me” which exhibits Crump’s versatility in storytelling. It’s very reminiscent to Diddy’s “Pain” from his 1999 album, Forever; back when he was known as Puff Daddy. It’s rare to hear authentic storytelling in today’s music and I believe that lyricism is a derivative of telling a story. It might not have happened personally, but I would choose a vivid, captivating story lined with beats instead of a club anthem glorifying the same materialistic things, if that’s where my mood is at the moment.
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