Jaypluss’ flow is smooth and stereoscopic on “Salvation”
On “Salvation” Jaypluss spins his hometown of Charlotte around and documents whatever catches his line of sight. “It’s bag season, I ain’t talking bout no Birkin either, I just wanna feed you this music that’s coming through your speaker” he begins, taking an intimate seat with the listener. Blends of hustle and hospitality create rich tapestries of musical aroma throughout the song’s annoyingly short 97 seconds; producer Friendkerrek contributes by warming the beat thoroughly with tape noise and deep compression. “Salvation” quickly becomes as enveloping as it is technically impressive. “Good for the soul like the food on the stove at your granny crib, get out the kitchen if you can’t handle it” covers multiple bars and rhyme schemes with adept swing. Like the pendulum of a grandfather clock Jaypluss comes close to the timing’s edge before falling gracefully back to the beat. It’s a satisfying and dazzlingly proficient give and take, a flow certified by numerous collaborations with underground legend Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon.
Narratively Jay makes the choice to begin where many people end. He talks of friends and their young families, the unchanging city blocks and the folks who stayed within them, Chevrolet’s rolling around the streets. It’s refreshing to have a take on happiness that isn’t doused in the fuel of euphoria; this is an appreciation for many forms of life. Jaypluss exudes gladness on “Salvation” – the last half of the song is just the beat bumping along and Jay letting out small affirmations. On a second version of the song – a flip by beatmaker Hajino – a more relaxed instrumental gives Jay’s words an even deeper feeling of appreciation. Mirroring this is a short music video, in which the ground is dusty and the pavements are uneven, but the sun shines bright.
With a full project on the way Jay has many opportunities to expand his talent for panoramic lyrical experiences. With a voice so natural it seems like this rapper has been around forever, but now is the perfect time to make yourself familiar.
Listen to “Salvation” here.
– Jamie (⅓ @108MICS)