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Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 11:58:20 UTC
Artist: Jaeski Capone
CD: Champaign's Finest EP
Home: Champaign, Illinois
Quote: "These tracks are well-written and executed, with Capone proving himself to be a solid rapper."
By Beeb Ashcroft
Jaeski Capone and The New Poets Society present Champaign's Finest EP, a slick collection of memorable hooks and fast-flowing rap. Capone & company draw you in right away with the thumping anthem of "Bounce (Get Them Hands Up)." This is a standout track, and my personal favorite on the EP. The epic symphonic intro lays a great foundation for the tight beats and solid rhymes. Capone uses this cut to introduce himself and his "Lyrical crack rocks"; and it is extremely infectious - the refrain reminds me of Jay-Z's "Izzo." I could see this cut having a lot of crossover appeal, as I think the melodic approach could catch the ear of people who aren't necessarily the biggest rap fans.
"R U Lonely 2Nite" slows down the tempo with a smooth groove, featuring the silky R&B sounds of guest vocalist Cam. His voice makes a nice counterpoint to Capone's rhymes – this is a very slick track, with Cam's vocal stylings bringing to mind artists like Ne-Yo.
Next up is "Jockin My Steez," a boisterous and aggressive cut that highlight Capone's tight flow. This thumping anthem minces no words, as Capone uses his lyrics as a weapon against his foes. I love the beats on this track, and at times Capone's rapid-fire delivery makes me think of Mike Shinoda.
There's a brief interlude with "New Poet Radio Skit," as a mock radio show introduces the next cut. "I'm Gonna Miss U" is another ballad featuring Cam, and gives us a glimpse at Capone's softer side. A melancholy story of love lost, Capone raps in an open letter to an ex-lover with Cam declaring in the chorus, "So what if we split apart? I need you." This is another solid, radio-friendly track.
"The Coldest Winter Ever" is next, a bleak cut where Capone raps a capella over the gritty sound effects of city life. I was impressed with his flow and rhyming skills on this track; It proves that he can really deliver. The theme of "Winter" is defiant, with Capone challenging his detractors and enemies with a lyrical take-down. Capone is quite provocative, and while I don't agree with some of the content on this CD, I definitely respect his talent and enjoyed this cut musically.
"They Ain't Ready" is the last original cut on the EP, a booming rap with thunderous beats. Capone is skilled at crafting foot-tapping, catchy beats, and this track is no exception. He dedicates this song to "All the gossipy a**holes out there, running my name through the rumor mill." The CD finishes with radio edits of "R U Lonely 2Nite" and "I'm Gonna Miss U." These are essentially the same as the album versions, just with tighter editing.
I enjoyed Champaign's Finest EP - it's solid and consistent from start to finish. These tracks are well-written and executed, with Capone proving himself to be a solid rapper. There are times where the rhymes could possibly be a bit tighter, and there were a few audio technicalities that could be improved upon – the radio edit for "I'm Gonna Miss U" hash a rather harsh drop-in, for example; But these are small nitpicks that can easily be fixed. If The New Poets Society had the sort of money behind them that mainstream rappers do, I'm sure they'd have a hit. If you like tight beats and solid rhymes, you should give this disc a spin.
Artist Website: http://www.newpoetsociety.com
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