PREMIERE: J-Hop ‘7 Days’ EP
With a streetwise versatility, the STL emcee is quickly separating himself from the pack.
Album artwork by The Wicked Genius
Since the early 2000s heydey of Nelly and the St. Lunatics, St. Louis hasn’t produced too much by the way of recognizable rap stars. Sure, there were the short-lived successes of J-Kwon, Jibbs, and even Chingy, but that just means the Midwest is due for a comeback in a big way. With the do-or-die creative vibes of Chicago—aggressive Keef-inspired drill, frantic bop, and the uplifting and eclectic funk of Chance the Rapper’s influence—not being too far off from STL, it’s only fitting that we’re seeing some new, innovative artists stepping up to the plate.
J-Hop may be an unknown, but with a streetwise versatility he’s quickly separating himself from the pack. Last summer’s Trvp Hopper caught our ear with trap-infused energy and flexible flows, impressive songwriting for the young artist. With 7 Days EP, premiering today, J-Hop is able to flex his creative vision over four new tracks. With support from his GRWYF$ (Get Rich With Your Friends) collective on production, his potential truly reveals itself on final track “2016.” A shimmering vocal loop backs bouncing percussion as J-Hop pens an anthem to getting up, and getting over. His cleverness for writing comes through on little flips like, “If you ain’t put up on this work you probably ain’t get nothing from me / Not even like 50 Cent / I ain’t rockin’ with many men, boy / Your whole team got small dreams / They look like mini men, boy.” If it’s a blueprint for 2016 to come, J-Hop and the midwest have a bright future.
Stream the 7 Days EP via SoundCloud below and connect with J-Hop on Twitter.