9 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Upon signing to Stones Throw, Jonwayne released a series of mixtapes on cassette, a format that jibed with his casual, homespun aesthetic. Cassette on Vinyl rescues a handful of songs from those cassettes, which were arguably the truest representation of Jonwayne’s sound and style. While Jonwayne’s earlier music was built from electronic tones, these works adopt a much more organic and spontaneous disposition. He had also matured as a rapper, as evidenced by “Gross,” “Bukowski,” and “Ode to Mortality,” probably the three most complete songs on the collection. They display the sense of self-assurance and comfort that Jonwayne has earned.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Upon signing to Stones Throw, Jonwayne released a series of mixtapes on cassette, a format that jibed with his casual, homespun aesthetic. Cassette on Vinyl rescues a handful of songs from those cassettes, which were arguably the truest representation of Jonwayne’s sound and style. While Jonwayne’s earlier music was built from electronic tones, these works adopt a much more organic and spontaneous disposition. He had also matured as a rapper, as evidenced by “Gross,” “Bukowski,” and “Ode to Mortality,” probably the three most complete songs on the collection. They display the sense of self-assurance and comfort that Jonwayne has earned.

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About Jonwayne

Los Angeles' Jon Wayne, known as Jonwayne, kicked off his career as an underground beatmaker and became a rapper out of necessity. A prolific run of self-released digital download releases began in 2008. In 2011, after he had established himself at L.A.'s crucial Low End Theory club night, Wayne issued the beat tape Bowser on Alpha Pup and followed it with the self-released mixtape I Don't Care, which featured his gruffly delivered blue-collar rhymes, a result, in large part, of not being able to find any rappers for his beats. A subsequent alliance with Stones Throw began in 2012 with the instrumental album Oodles of Doodles. His first release for the label as an MC came in 2013 when he dropped Rap Album One, selected by BBC DJ Gilles Peterson as that year's Worldwide Winners Album of the Year.

The following year brought Cassette on Vinyl, a nine-track summary of Wayne's Stones Throw Cassette trilogy with featured guests Jeremiah Jae, Zeroh, and Oliver the 2nd. The five-track Jonwayne Is Retired, featuring vocals from Anderson Paak, arrived in 2015 as the first release on Wayne's Authors label. Despite that EP's title, Jonwayne releases continued in 2016 with a series of Authors singles that began with "Wonka," as well as a vinyl-only instrumentals album, Here You Go, for House Shoes' Street Corner Music. Rap Album Two, a deeply and sometimes darkly introspective set, followed on Authors in 2017. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

  • ORIGIN
    La Habra, CA
  • BORN
    June 5, 1990

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