Hope all is well with everyone in the OTDHipHop universe. We’re back with a brand new song review on this #TrackTuesday, featuring “She Feel Like” by Jvson Jones (ft. Bruce).
First off, Jvson Jones has been dropping WAVY tracks for a minute! You can scroll through the blog posts on here and you’ll find some older reviews of his songs. Honestly, he’s one of the most underrated artists/producers I know...and a solid dude! Anyways, “She Feel Like” is his latest song. It’s definitely a vibe for the ladies but something the fellahs can vibe to too. Production has a trap tempo & psychedelic sounds, either way it’s on point! As far as artistry, Jvson is really finding his voice and it shows heavily on this track; moving smoothly between “vibey” raps and trap/R&B-styled vocals on the hook. Even through the auto-tune, his voice is very unique and flows well with the feature by Bruce, which is equally 100%!
Jvson’s poetic finesse on “She Feel Like” is what I especially like. The hook is light & mad catchy, mixed with the trap and 420 aura. He seems to be telling a story about a love interest, of which the story is relatable and poetic.. My favorite lyrics are “Climb into her mind like a ladder on her eye. She just wanna slide, can’t hide behind a disguise…” Overall the song makes me feel hella good and positive; the type of track that can be played with headphones on a walk or at a kickback with friends.
Happy Aloha Friday OTDHipHop fam! I have the pleasure to introduce y’all to my friend and fellow emcee/artist - Cedric Clinton! A couple weeks ago Cedric asked me to be on his Freestyle Friiiday livestream. Long story short, it was dope checking out his business’ warehouse and sharing each other’s stories in music and business. He is a former surf champion and owner of local screen printing company, Squeeze Play Hawaii. This young man is truly a gem!
See more from our interview below:
OTDHipHop: How’d you get your name?
Cedric: There's a deeper reason for using Clinton which relates to my crew/brand/movement Chi Funk. Chi Funk was inspired by G Funk (which relates to how I was introduced to hip hop) & G Funk evolved from P Funk (Parliament Funkadelic) who's leader is George Clinton.
Chi Funk = Cedric Clinton / P Funk = George Clinton. It just aligned.
OTDHipHop: How’d you get into making music, specifically Hip Hop/Rap?
Cedric: I was introduced to Hip Hop by the song "Forgot About Dre" by Dr. Dre & Eminem. Funny story, my best friend at the time James Ubias & I decided to enter the school talent show with that song. A few years ago I wrote a song about that story called "Westside Story" which is featured on my 1st 3-track EP Westside Stories. After school one day, I went to James' apartment with a blank cassette tape in an effort to catch the song on the radio & record it onto the cassette tape, so that we could practice with it for our school audition. We even called the radio station to request it from the DJ. The song finally came on, we recorded it, then downloaded & printed the lyrics. I remember us both debating over who got to be Eminem because we both wanted to be him super bad. I ended up losing that battle in a Jan Ken Po (Rock-Paper-Scissors) match. So, we memorized the lyrics & the audition day finally came. We got up in front of our class & performed. Mind you, this was in the 5th grade & the lyrics spoke about smoking weed, drinking alcohol, burning down houses & all kinds of profanity LOL. Surprisingly, we didn't end up making the cut for the talent show, however that didn't stop us. James & I ended up going to different middle & high schools, so we kind of lost touch, however we reconnected years later to discover we were both still rapping!
OTDHipHop: Where are you from? What is your background like?
Cedric: I'm born & raised on O'ahu, HI. My ethnic background is French, Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese. Growing up in Hawaii, I experienced so many different cultures which definitely has influenced my music. Not only do I incorporate local slang (pidgin), I also pull inspiration from the east coast, west coast, down south, & some influence from outside the USA. I can also speak French fluently, so I plan to incorporate some French into my raps in the future.
Growing up in Bernal Heights and Noe Valley, J. Quest was exposed to hip hop’s elements of graffiti, breakdancing, dj-ing, and emceeing all around him. A true 90s kid, it is evident that J. Quest’s style is very much 80s and 90s, classic hip hop/rap influenced. Although he loved hip hop culture from a young age, it wasn’t until he moved to Honolulu, HI at age 16, that he began to participate more heavily as an emcee. “Living in the Kaneohe and Manoa areas, really shaped my use of *pidgin in my raps and honestly gave me a deep sense of my Asian roots & local culture that I present today in my music,” said J. Quest.
While in Hawaii, he connected with a long time family friend named DJ Kutmaster Spaz. “The first time I ever got on the mic in Hawaii was back in 2002/2003, at Kutmaster Spaz's album release party, and there was an MC battle for a cash prize at the Pali Golf Course, said J. Quest. He also states that he used to catch rides sometimes with Hawaii Hip Hop OG Big Mox, who at the time ran street cyphers under the freeway (in the parking lot near the infamous Ice Palace skating rink). J. Quest also mentioned how he used to call-in to Jus Bone’s “Got Rice?” show on KTUH radio. Furthermore, he met longtime Hawaii entertainer Lina Girl, while taking classes at the University of Hawaii Windward campus who then gave him a contact to record some of his first demos. He stated, “San Francisco gave me that ‘blue collar meets the streets vibe’ but if it wasn't for moving to Hawaii as a teen, I might have been yet another statistic shot down or crippled or locked up for keeping up and trying to ‘keep it real.’”
I recently wrote a track-by-track review of J. Quest most recent EP Son of a City Worker, which was released in 2016. While I believe his overall flow and delivery can be improved, J. Quest’s songs and lyrics definitely showcase the mind of a grown man, in tune with his various identities. One of the songs from Son of a City Worker is called “Hapa Boy,” inspired from the term *hapa, which in Hawaiian generally refers to being mixed. The song speaks on the struggles and strengths J. Quest has experienced, and how he uses music to express and share his identity. “I am a hapa boy, Chinese /Portuguese on my mom's side & Croation on my dad’s,” said J. Quest. Unfortunately, his parents separated when he was 9, but gained a father figure when his biological one wasn't around. He stated, “My father figure is a big Hawaiian growing up in San Francisco and my mom and I eventually moved to Hawaiian our own. So Hawaii’s unique local culture has always played a big part in my life even before I moved to the islands- from speaking pidgin, to my taste for food, and taking off my sneakers before coming in the house, very Asian and Hawaiian influenced like Hawaii’s culture is.”
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