Jean Grae - Jeanius Review
and false lifestyles are the recipe for record sales, Jean Grae remains true to
herself with "Jeanius". Produced entirely by 9th wonder, Jeanius is an album
full of head nodding beats mixed with flawless well delivered lyricism. On the
Intro Jean raps, "please don't be mad at me I'd rather be liked/ Cause your
opinion really matters automatically, sike/" as a forewarning to critics that
she could care less what they have to say. It's this kind of rebel against the
status quo mentality that makes Jean stand out. She refuses to give in to the
mainstream formula of thoughtless verses backed with catchy senseless hooks.
Instead Jean opts to give her audience substance. On "My Story" Jean takes the
listener on a journey in first person persepctive and talks about the emotions
and regrets of abortion. Listen to this track and it's obvious that Jean's
strength as a rapper comes from her willingness to be vulnerable. This
display of imperfection allows listener to identify more with Jean as a person
and not just some out of touch superstar. On "#8" Jean goes hard and shuts down
anyone that says she is not a true lyricist. "#8" is two minutes and twenty
four seconds of lyrical slaughter and serves as a warning shot to the industry
that she can hold her own. Lyrically Jean Grae is what the game has been
missing. It's been a while since we've heard this type of content from a
female rapper. Saying that Jean Grae can rap is an understatement and this
album is proof that female rappers bring just as much to the table as their
male counterparts. Overall Jeanius is a great listen and should satisfy
all lovers of good hip-hop music. The musical backdrop 9th provides coupled
with Jean's impeccable rhymes show the importance of chemisty between artist
and producer. This album flows seamlessly from song to song and sets the
precedent of a what a great hip-hop album should sound like. Jeanius is truly
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