We often come across artists that like to exaggerate about a life they don’t lead. This project from JP, ” Coming Of Age”, is a true account of his REAL life over the last two years. JP is from Sydney Australia and collaborates with artists in the US which does make him stand out on the tracks. Everybody has to start somewhere and the artist released his first mixtape, “The Preface ” in October of 2011. J.P. has just released “Coming of Age” to show his growth with this sophomore mixtape effort.The mixtape starts off strong as J.P. breaks down how it all got started on the track “Let It All Go”. J.P. raps from the heart with an unfaltering flow over a boom bap heartbeat. The song is an excellent introduction to J.P’s world and his musical growth.
I’m not a big fan of interludes but the introduction to “Dreams” which was a collection of audio clips that question why we dream, and what it could all mean. This track went between the reality of where he is in his music career already and where he hopes and dreams to be. However it did follow along the cliches of what many would do. This one wasn’t a favorite.”In The Stars” was an uptempo piano driven instrumental. I really wasn’t fond of the lyrics, he stumbles a little bit with the flow but he does recover quickly. I do love the hook here, however it does get a little boring and monotonous when it comes to the verses.
“Remember It” transforms the screechy synthesized track into a confessional as he laces this gem with his true testimony. You can feel the genuine emotion and power in his voice here.
Concepts: 4 I dug the different parts of his life that he addressed.
Lyrics: 4 While some of the lyrics indeed make sense, there were some
that were confusing and didn’t seem believable.
Theme: 4 Loved the Theme of growing up, going through life’s changes,
Instrumental Choice: 4.5 He picked music that fit his style maybe one
or two missteps but the rest is on point.
This mixtape was a great way to start my day, I believe it has the
power to motivate others and to give JP the respect that he deserves.
—About The Artist: J.P. is an aspiring hip hop artist from Sydney, Australia. He released his first mixtape ‘The Preface’ in October 2011 which he describes as ‘an immature project just to kind of showcase that I could rap but many of the songs had no depth or true meaning to my life but lots of my friends still respected it’. J.P. then decided to constantly write and record songs for his just released sophomore mixtape ‘Coming Of Age’. Atleast 50 songs were written from mid-2011-early 2013 inspired by life experiences and increased knowledge of the music industry. J.P. then cut it down to 17 songs he feels best shaped his life in sequence through this time period and believes this mixtape sounds like an album. His music influences include T.I., Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-z, J.Cole and Lupe Fiasco. He is currently working on a joint mixtape with a hip hop artist from Far Rock, New York with plans to release in the near future. This project will be called ‘INTERNATIONAL CONNECT’.