J Crum - Vigilantes Vol 1

Published Friday 12th March 2021
J Crum - Vigilantes Vol 1
J Crum - Vigilantes Vol 1

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 179009-29254
LABEL: Streetlight
RELEASE DATE: 2019-10-25

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Most of the tracks on this album by Nebraska-based rapper Joshua Crum have also been released as singles but they form something of a running theme when gathered together in one place. From the word go, tracks like "Vigilantes", "Made For This" and "We Gon Make It" promote the message of achieving one's potential in life with some deftly delivered rhymes from Crum before the likes of "Elevate" - featuring a cameo from fellow rapper Montythehokage - continues in the same inspirational vein. Crum is careful never to become triumphant when delivering his thoughts but instead references previous struggles and God's saving grace with quiet wisdom - most notably in candid numbers such as "Chase Me" and "Odd" - whilst the poignant "Lil Bird" is a gentle encouragement to break free from controlling relationships. Elsewhere, Crum's wife Jessica provides some classy vocals on the soulful love song "Alright" and Tennessee-based rapper nobigdyl pops up on the aforementioned "Made For This". There is also a revolving door of producers including Marvin Glaspie, Timmy Vogue and Tory Hooks who keep the accompaniments nice and varied.

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