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1. Heavyweight Champ (feat. Dave Canal)
This one is a chill intro song. It has old school elements of Jazz and blues. The instrumental includes a keyboard, saxophone, and violin sound. Lyrically, J. Quest tells a story of his identity and perspective of life, coining himself a “Heavy Weight” at being himself. Dope concept.
2. Son of a City Worker (title track)
This track has an old school west coast hip hop vibe, with classic funk and bass sounds. Since the EP as a whole also shares the same title, I speculate that this is one of the main songs from this project. J. Quest talks about his identity as being mixed race, his childhood, and being blessed as a “city worker’s son.” The hook is pretty catchy and I’d be interested to hear this performed live. This is one of my favorites from this project.
3. Hapa Boy (feat. J. Lately)
This track features a break dance type of beat with a catchy hook. Being from Hawaii, I can appreciate this track because J. Quest talks about being “hapa” which in Hawaiian generally means of mixed race or ethnicity. He is very in tune with his identity and this song solidifies that fact.
4. Candy Bars/Jackin’4Jeeps
I really dig this track for it's added theatrics. Up until this point, the tracks have basically been song after song, with deep messages about J. Quest’s identity and perspective. But this one starts off with a short candy store type of skit. The vibes from J. Quest’s lyrics remain consistent like most of his flows on this EP, as far as aggressive cypher styled raps. Then the skit resumes at the end of the track, I always like more cohesive projects, and this was a smart addition.
5. Rockin’ It (Feat. Mallz)
I like how J. Quest mellowed down his tone on this track to close Son of a City Worker. I think he sounds better in a calmer sound, more poetic. The beat is simple, some basic drums and piano and also a dope live trumpet element courtesy of Herbie 1. Mallz was a great feature on here too.
Overall, I give J. Quest’s Son of a City Worker 3.5/5 on my Lumpia scale. I can tell J. Quest has a story to tell and he has a great sense of self which is showcased in this project lyrically. The production was also dope and focused a lot on old school jazz and blues elements. My main critique would be J. Quest’s flow. He has great lyrics and storytelling skills, but I'd like to hear more variety in his newer projects.
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