We have always heard the old saying that “opposites attract”. Well, it looks like Ohio emcee, Jean P, and Virginia producer, Lakim, come together to prove that point with “Opposites Attract“.
1. OPPOSITES ATTRACT – FAVORITE BAR: “NOBODY BEHIND YOU, SO YOU BETTER WATCH YOUR BACK“. This was a great track to start the album off with. The production is on point and the hook brings out the concept behind the entire album. For those who may not have heard of Jean P’s lyrical skills or Lakim’s production, this is a great introduction. This is a REPEAT TRACK!
2. DON’T HAVE TIME – FAVORITE BAR: “IT’S LIKE I’M SLEEPING ON HALF OF YA’LL, I NEED A PILLOW/I AM LEGEND, HIP HOP IS MY WILLOW”. With all the terrible rappers infecting the game, Jean P simply explains that he just “don’t have time” for them. Jean P shows us where we should be putting our time and money in, as he delivers some of the best bars that I’ve heard this year. This is a REPEAT TRACK!
3.GOTTA DO/NEXT MORNING – FAVORITE BAR (2 WAY TIE): “YOU WAS SPEECHLESS, BODY LANGUAGE SPEAKING TO ME/I AINT CUFFING, BUT I’M YOUR PO FOR TONITE”. Jean P gives us a two-part story of lust turned love with “gotta do/next morning“. He talks about being more than a “one night stand” man even though he happens to wake up the “next morning” with the woman he met last night. He’s willing to put everything into the relationship that has just blossomed and really seems more genuine than looking like a player. This track would be a great video. This is also a REPEAT TRACK!
4. FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH – FAVORITE BAR: “YOU AINT GOT TO WAIT FOR YOUR BOY TO BE A MAN”. Jean P really makes a plea for mothers and fathers to work out their differences for their children with this track. I love that he actually speaks to both sides of the relationship. This is my favorite track off of the album. This track deserves a video and possible commercial radio spins. This is a REPEAT TRACK!
5. THE DAYS – FAVORITE BAR: “REMINISE THE OLD WAYS, RAPPING IN THE HALLWAY/I WAS DAYDREAMING ALL DAY”. For those who thought that Jean P was just a bragging rapper, he brings you heart touching tracks like this. He is so vivid and graphic with his story telling skills. I love how he goes through the outcome of his family, friends and neighborhood on this track. This track is dark and grimy, but Jean P shines a glimmer of hope towards the end. This is also another track that deserves a video.
Overall, this is a hot mixtape. I was a fan of Jean P and this album just pushed him up on my top emcees list. Lakim delivers some great soulful and creative production throughout the album. I enjoy the fact that I ca see growth on every one of Jean P’s projects. The sad (well, actually good) thing about this album is that it’s not even Jean P’s full potential. The more he lives, the better his bars get. Jean P proves that he can cross over to being a mainstream artist on this album. He has all the elements to take him to the top. He has a skill for making tracks centered around relationships. Jean P seems like a nice guy, but I can tell he could hold his own battling on the mic. At the end of the day, these two opposites have “attracted” me to this hip hop gem.