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JGivens, Fly Exam
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JGivens
Fly Exam



Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Hip Hop
Album length: 13 tracks: 47 minutes, 15 seconds
Street Date: September 25, 2015


READER RATING:   


Las Vegas native JGivens first caught my attention with 2013's El V Envy, and he has killed it on so many tracks as a featured artist recently that I could not wait to see what the Humble Beast representative was going to pull with Fly Exam. Starting off this thirteen track ensemble is "Ignoranto," and not only are the beats on point, but the lyrics are clever: "If I was you, I would be my favorite rapper and my favorite rapper's favorite rapper - the rapper every rapper's afraid to rap after." It's a great start to what proves to be a solid album featuring what JGivens is known for: creativity and hip hop that is outside of the box. Such examples would be the euphoric production heard on "Butterfly Stance" and the title track that sounds like a cocktail of modern hip hop and a 1980's outerspace movie soundtrack. J keeps it fully creative, but still manages to keep most tracks on point and they come out well.

The Humble Beast artist also kills it when it comes to his music videos, as can be mostly appreciated in "Super Lowkey" and "10, 2 Get In." The latter is a first-of-its-kind, featuring a 360-degree camera typically used for virtual reality. Not only does the track have awesome flow, but the video is off the chain. Not only do most songs on this album carry superb beats and great lyrical flow, but the featured artists such as John Givez, Odd Thomas, and Propaganda make this for a more complete album. Now, not everyone is going to appreciate the uniqueness of JGivens as he might be more of an acquired taste. As for me, this is one album I will be playing for a long time to come. Also, as always, any Humble Beast release is completely free to download from their site and, thus, you have no excuse to not check this out!

- Review date: 9/28/15, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com


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. Record Label: Humble Beast
. Album length: 13 tracks: 47 minutes, 15 seconds
. Street Date: September 25, 2015
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: AmazonMP3
. Download It: Humble Beast

  1. Ignorantro (2:43)
  2. Butterfly Stance (2:07)
  3. Fahrenheit 99 (feat. Liz Vice) (3:21)
  4. So Fly (feat. Beleaf) (4:16)
  5. 10, 2 Get In (feat. Odd Thomas) (4:41)
  6. Attack of the Clones (feat. John Givez and Jackie Hill Perry) (3:33)
  7. Fly Exam (2:06)
  8. Lost In Space (feat. Marz Ferrer) (3:26)
  9. Hummingbird Stance (4:29)
  10. Super Lowkey (2:59)
  11. Take Off With Me (feat. John Givez) (3:59)
  12. March 10th and a 3rd (feat. Braille) (4:30)
  13. They Said There'd Be Jetpacks (feat. Propaganda) (5:13)

 



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