Emcee's Properganda Import
Draft Records is proud to release the new album from the MC Jin, The Emcees Properganda. This is Jins follow up album to his Virgin Records 2004 debut album, The Rest Is History. The album features appearances from Yung Mac and LS. As well, the album features production from the 15 year old beat protégée Golden Child.
Jin is a Chinese-American MC with a cocky smirk and nasty rhyme skills. Jin was noticed and got his Ruff Ryders/Virgin recording contract from his relentless battle rhyme abilities on BETs 106 & Park Freestyle Fridays competition. Once signed, Jin went on to work with everybody from Wyclef to Kanye West on his debut album. Jin made noise at the Mix Show Power Summit in 2004 by winning the Fight Klub Battle. Jin is also a credit actor having a supporting role in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
With The Emcees Properganda, Jin returns back to his battle and freestyle roots. This album shows Jins incredible lyrical talent and once again proves why he truly belongs amongst the greats in Hip-Hop.
なるほど・・・Jinにはこういうトラックが合っていたんだ・・・と思わせるような出来になっていると思います。シンプルで少しJazzyな要素もあり、強いて言えばA Tribe Called Quest系列の雰囲気のあるHipHop。最近のRadio Friendlyな華やかな音楽とは一線を画しているものの、方向性が統一されていて、リリックの内容もよく伝わってきます。The Rest Is Historyのハードなトラックに馴染めず、Jinの実力が生かされてなかったのでは・・と思う人にとっても、ようやくJinの真髄がわかる一枚になっているのではないでしょうか。Jinのフロウが好きな人であれば、間違いなくハマれると思いますし、90年代HipHopが好きな方にもお勧めです。
Wrong. Turns out, the song was a metaphor and Jin was starting over in the rap game. With a fresher look on his career, Jin left Ruff Ryders and decided to go independent. He hooked up with 16(now 17) year old Golden Child and Demo Beats to produce his album. He released his sophmore album through his new label CraftyPlugz and Draft Records. How does it stack up compared to his debut album? Pretty well actually.
1. "The Emcee(skit)" - The album starts off with a skit, which I skipped because I don't usually listen to skits in rap albums.
2. "Perspectives" - The song is about how Jin longs for the days when rap was about the lyrics and not the hooks found in many rap songs today. He mentions how good MC's are rare to find. I liked the song and Jin spits some good lyrics to go with the sick beat produced by Golden Child. 9 out of 10
3."Top 5(Dead or Alive)" - The first single from the album, which is about how you can't make a list for the best MC's as it's all up to opinion. Jin gives shout outs to different rappers, such as Nas, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Rakim, and others. Another nice beat from Golden Child. 9 out of 10
4. "Mr. Popular" - Another song I liked which has Jin bragging about his skills. Once again, Golden Child produces another good beat to go with Jin's skills.
5. "My First Time" - A take-off from Common's classic song, "I Used to Love H.E.R.", here we have Jin reminsicing about writing his first rhyme(although if you don't pay attention, you might think it's something else). A down-to-earth beat is provided by Golden Child. Not my favorite song, but it's still good. 7.5 out of 10
6. "Properganda" - Could be third single from this album, and it's also the only track not produced by Golden Child. It's produced by Demo Beats from Boston and it blends in nicely with the rest of the album. Another favorite of mine, which has Jin bashing the music industry. 9 out of 10
7. "No More Fans" - Song about how everyone seems they can rhyme, even though they don't have the skills for it. Jin provides good lyrics for this and the beat sounds like it would fit in nicely with Common's "Electric Circus" album. 8.5 out of 10
8. "G.O.L.D.E.N." - Song about different rap producers and how Golden Child is the future. Jin provides good lyrics but, I wasn't feeling the beat for this one. It kinda reminds me of the "Laffy Taffy" beat, although better. This song is also the only mainstream-ready one from the album. 7 out of 10
9. "Foolish Little Girls" - Jin has said that this is his favorite song from the album and I can see why. A nice beat provided by Golden Child, Jin raps about how preteen girls are acting way too mature for their age. Another good song. 9 out of 10
10. "The Craftiest(skit)" - Didn't listen to this, due to being a skit.
11. "100 Thousand Sold(Part 2)" - My second favorite song from this album, this song is a follow-up to part one, which can be heard on his official site, The [...]. I like it because it has probably the best lyrics on the album which go into how Jin almost quit rapping. Jin's manager, Big Kamel also says a few words on here. The beat is another good one produced by Golden Child. For a minute, I had to tell myself that 9th Wonder or Kanye West didn't produce it. 9.5 out of 10
12. "No Concept" featuring Yung MAC and LS - A fun song on here featuring Jin's other CraftyPlugz rosters. The concept is based off A Tribe Called Quest's classic, "Check the Rhime." Yung MAC and LS do well, although they are not as good as Jin. 8 out of 10
13. "Carpe Diem" - Jin's could-be second single. Like "G.O.L.D.E.N.", it's not my favorite song from the album. Basically, this is Jin's version of Kanye's "Touch the Sky." He does well, but it could have been better. 7.5 out of 10
14. "It's All Over" - This is my favorite song from the album. Jin shows his lyrical chops over a sick Golden Child beat. One might think Kanye produced it, meaning it's just that good. 10 out of 10
Overall, a great album from Jin. To the one reviewer who said that this new outlook for Jin is a gimmick, why can't an artist change his ways? This helps an artist grow into something much better. It won't sell even as much as his debut album(as of this writing, the album hasn't even cracked the Billboard 200). Techically, Jin's still under contract with Ruff Ryders/Virgin Records and they could demand another album from him. Hopefully, good word-of-mouth will happen with this album and Jin will find success down the road.
1. The Emcee (skit)
2. Perspectives 4/5
3. Top 5 (Dead or Alive) 5/5
4. Mr. Popular 5/5
5. My First Time 5/5
6. Propaganda Defined (skit)
7. Properganda 5/5
8. No More Fans 5/5
9. G.O.L.D.E.N. 5/5
10. Foolish Little Girls 5/5
11. The Craftiest (skit)
12. 100 Thousand Sold Pt. 2 4/5 (This song was too short)
13. No Concept 3/5
14. Carpe Diem 2/5
15. It's All Over 3/5
All I have to say is that you have to go out and buy this CD. This CD will make you realize that most of the listeners are being BrainWashed by all of the POPular music that is out there.
In my opinion, this album sounds more natural whereas his first album sounded very forced. Perspective and Top 5 are two very well done tracks. Great flow, intelligent rhymes...things that were lacking in The Rest is History. My First Time was witty...it had me thinking it was his first time, but it the first time he wrote a rhyme.
It's just too bad that he didn't do something like this in the first place...He definitely would had better sales figures. Hopefully, it's not too little, too late, since most people have written him off already. This album might not generate sales either but peple won't know what they're missing. This is what The Rest is History should've been.