One of Detroit’s Elite Lyricists Finds Himself Back At ONE
The whole world seems to have been waiting for the proper follow up to JP ONE’s Fire & Brimstone Trilogy, which featured Elzhi, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and viral sensation, Pierre Anthony to name a few. Atonement is everything that it was expected to be and even more. From the opening lines of “Back at ONE” to Rodelle Nathan’s closing notes on “Too Much to Ask For”, the album plays like a movie full of emotional soundscapes and heartfelt lyricism. The guest list is pretty short, with Fat Ray and Nep Jennings lending 16’s and Most Wanted, Rodelle Nathan, and Dahlia The Poet providing hooks. The 14 tracks of the LP are all produced by the usual suspects, KIDD Tha Producer, Pig Pen, BJ Gates, Foul Mouth, Via The Great, Thermo, and Nep Jennings, but the new additions, Mallori Knox and Trucka Music fit right in with the G&T sound. The album’s cohesion is not a surprise, but the fact that hip-hop could feel so nostalgic and sound so modern is.
Atonement has no big radio singles, no catchy jingles with dance craves attached to them, or no sing-chant hooks over trap beats. This album is all about the vibe and that vibe refuses to be broken by feeble club or radio crossover attempts. JP ONE has found his niche and mastered it. This album is all about finding peace within one’s self and he does just that. The production is epic, the lyrics are personal, and the features are well placed.
The passive aggressiveness of “Million” is almost scary and “Moment of Truth” is exactly why you should be. The self-proclaimed “New Nigga You Love To Hate” has no problem taking all of the negativity and turning it into positive energy that fuels his passion and drive on “Love to Hate”, while “Frienemies”, “Black Heart” and “A Vineyard Tale” gives you a more in-depth look into why he’s at this point in his life. “What You Need” and “Beautiful” ft. Nep Jennings and Dahlia The Poet shows a softer side without seeming out of place. The album closes with “Purpose” ft. Most Wanted and “Too Much to Ask For” ft. Rodelle Nathan. The songs are very introspective and leave you to wonder what if Tony Montana would’ve made it out of that house alive or Carlito Brigante would’ve made it to his final destination. By the end of the album, you feel emotionally invested and you can’t help but root for the bad guy.