Jason Anthony just released a massive 17 track album called Renovations. We previously posted a joint from the artist formerly known as Jay Sinificance titled “Phree Society”; a critique of the corruptions of today which saw the rapper blast aspects of pop culture and political issues while steering clear of the dreaded preaching territory. The multi-dimensional production of Anthony’s work is one of his biggest selling points, and considering he’s currently working as an independent artist, all 17 tracks of Renovations sound are polished products and express the creativity of the West Chester PA lyricist.
Anthony’s past relationship with his former label Sony BMG is illuminated in the record’s first highlight, “The Demonstration”-“Gotta be the way my label put me, they will put me however they choose”. Produced by Adothegod, the track is cut from the same cloth as “Phree Society” with Anthony explaining his frustrations concerning universal ways of life that see us all live with our “eyes closed”. Adothegod’s atmospheric but relatively low-key beat allows Anthony’s blistering pace to flow through his verses before slowing it down for deep hooks. Renovations continues to showcase not only some high grade rapping but tight production with Patrick Patch Carr taking beat credits for “Struggles Repeat”, it’s an interesting track which you’ll find yourself rewinding in order digest the plethora of references Anthony throws out with ease to build his portrait of “the type of the world that we have”. Last up for this preview is the final track of Renovations produced by Gold Panda, and if like this writer you’re partial to deep glitched out music with meaningful lyrics, you’ll dig it. Anthony ends this record with the emotional and much more personally geared “Scars”. As the beat darkens so do the lyrics: “I lost my mom this year and that was my first real friend, so I’ll probably never really find another again.”
“I might not have the fame, I might not have the fortune but I got some happiness and some ease on the hurting that I’m feeling in my soul, but it’s hard to let go / I’ve loved once here and gone so I need to put my heart up on a song, ‘cause I’m feeling like it aint there.”
Renovations is a fitting title with Jason Anthony’s troubled past that saw him do jail time, and issues with the wider world all the laid on a table of dynamic production for us to listen to as he works out how to move on. Renovations is out now, you can download it here. Be sure to also look out for the complete Tax Free series when it drops next month.
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