16 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally from Boston (where she attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music) and now based in Atlanta, Lyric Jones is new on the hip-hop scene. But she's already impressing heads with her lyrical dexterity and musical prowess: she can rap, sing, and play the drums. Jones St. LP is her first album, and it’s a strong one. Influenced by the likes of Jean Grae, MC Lyte, Bahamadia, and Stahhr, she rejects the usual female rap stereotypes (bedroom skills and brand-name dropping) in lieu of straight lyrics reflecting on her personal struggles and triumphs both inside and outside the music game. The production's outstanding: a soulful blend of choice samples and chunky drums, perfectly suited to her top-shelf verbalism. There's really not a weak song here, though "23rd St.," "Appetizer Menu," "Loss on Repeat" (with Esperanza Spalding), "Downtime" (featuring J-Live), and "Sha Dop" are especially fresh. Her singing skills are showcased on "Middle of the World" and "Tin Can," showing a vocal versatility that's hard to believe.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally from Boston (where she attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music) and now based in Atlanta, Lyric Jones is new on the hip-hop scene. But she's already impressing heads with her lyrical dexterity and musical prowess: she can rap, sing, and play the drums. Jones St. LP is her first album, and it’s a strong one. Influenced by the likes of Jean Grae, MC Lyte, Bahamadia, and Stahhr, she rejects the usual female rap stereotypes (bedroom skills and brand-name dropping) in lieu of straight lyrics reflecting on her personal struggles and triumphs both inside and outside the music game. The production's outstanding: a soulful blend of choice samples and chunky drums, perfectly suited to her top-shelf verbalism. There's really not a weak song here, though "23rd St.," "Appetizer Menu," "Loss on Repeat" (with Esperanza Spalding), "Downtime" (featuring J-Live), and "Sha Dop" are especially fresh. Her singing skills are showcased on "Middle of the World" and "Tin Can," showing a vocal versatility that's hard to believe.

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