First Listen: JSWISS finds it all "In Time"

(November 5, 2019) JSWISS’s story arc defies what many people think of when the image of a rapper comes to their minds.  His is not the story of an artist who lived in a big city such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta or Chicago. He grew up in a stable home raised by his parents in Westchester County, New York.

Now, JSWISS will not be the first hip-hop artist who grew up in a stable and nurturing environment distant from either poverty or prosperity. But there is a narrative that exists for those rappers that often finds them compensating for something. JSWISS never really did that, perhaps because his MC skills are recognized by everyone from EPMD legend Erick Sermon to the students of the new school.

(November 5, 2019) JSWISS’s story arc defies what many people think of when the image of a rapper comes to their minds.  His is not the story of an artist who lived in a big city such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta or Chicago. He grew up in a stable home raised by his parents in Westchester County, New York.

Now, JSWISS will not be the first hip-hop artist who grew up in a stable and nurturing environment distant from either poverty or prosperity. But there is a narrative that exists for those rappers that often finds them compensating for something. JSWISS never really did that, perhaps because his MC skills are recognized by everyone from EPMD legend Erick Sermon to the students of the new school.

SoulTrackers got a taste of JSWISS flow earlier this year when we featured “Rich,” a track from his excellent Every Word is a Dollar project. That track fused mid-tempo R&B arrangement, a hook sung by vocalist Amma Whatt with JSWISS falling into a conversational flow to express is expansive view of what it means to be rich.

JSWISS returns with a different vibe on his latest cut, “In Time.” Here, he amps up the funk on the arrangement with a kicking rhythm section headed by drummer Daru Jones and sung vocals from Jermaine Holmes. JSWISS meets the urgency set forth by the arrangement by leaning and endowing the track with a staccato, rapid fire flow on a track that finds extolling the virtue of staying true to himself and staying on the grind. Check it out here.

By Howard Dukes

JSWISS feat. Daru Jones & Jermaine Holmes
"In Time"

 
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