STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18135-11288 LABEL: Beatmart Records 8815344010 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2006-05-03 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by David Bain
Japhia Life is one of those rappers who has been on the scene for some time but has never quite got round to doing an album, until now. With heaps of experience and some hefty production talent behind him, the ears are shaken up with uncompromising lyrics and smooth beats. There are lots of strong tracks here. Just listen to "Sunshine" and "Joanna", to catch the radio friendly side to this act. Chunky moments happen, with the gritty "Hurry" urging us to stand up against the enemy until Jesus returns. "Hip-Hop" teases us with a minimal juicy beat, while Japhia Life's vocals remind us of hip-hop's legacy and its dangers. For some bizarre reason the album closes with one of those dreadful "American" house remixes. Ignore that and you have a pretty hot album, all shiny and clean, perfect for those into tight R&B and slick rap.
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There is no doubt that Japhia Life is ready to be recognised as an undeniably talented artist who is focused on reaching his musical goals. Born and raised on the streets of Philadelphia, Japhia is truly a rough diamond. When one observes his life and his experience as a musician, it becomes crystal clear that nothing will stand between him and the top of the industry. He is well on his journey to the forefront of today’s music with his debut album Fountain Of Life, an album with the potential to become one of the truly great hip-hop records of our time.
Crafting his beats and skills for many years, Japhia Life has people turning their heads and taking note of his creative hip-hop beats and tighty rhymes found throughout each song. Stylistically he has been compared to the top mainstream hiphop artists of our time. His flow has the authentic street appeal of Jay-Z and has the heartfelt substance of Nas or 2Pac.
Japhia sums up his message as 'wanting to make life-changing music. I’m from the hood, so I just wanna make powerful music inspired by God that will affect the world.'