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Jay Biggz – THE FOUND TAPES
Prior to working on the album “Sunrize” with Sunset Terr, at the urging of group member Tilden Dexter, Jay Biggz decided to embark on the journey of a solo career under the Nightbreed Entertainment heading, mainly to rival his own previous solo work targeting a commercialized, mainstream sound. Tilden would often compare Jay to “a young Nas” and categorize much of his newly adapted “Jaysiatic” image and stream-of-consciousness, poetic delivery as being innovative and refreshing. Taking all these things into account, as well as being heavily influenced by Nas’ earlier works such as “It Was Written” and “Stillmatic”, Jay decided to do a mixtape that exemplified all which Tilden and many others had noticed in him: that he could be the next Nasir Jones. Keeping in theme with a Nas-reverent focus, he settled on naming the project, “The Found Tape”, to commemorate Nas’ previously-unreleased recording project, “The Lost Tape”, as well as to illustrate the acceptance of his newly adapted style and image. After finalizing the release of the “Sunrize” album, Jay felt it was the perfect time to begin work on the project, which took him from November 2012 until January 2013 to complete.
“The Found Tape” is a traditional mixtape, in the sense that it borrows one beat, save for one track produced by Tilden himself, from each of Nas’ albums over his illustrious career spanning 20+ years. Each song has a hint of the original Nas recording, however instead of Jay being a duplication of Nas over Nas’ bodies of work, he instead delivers his own creative magic. Some songs, such as “Life Imitates Life”, a reference to its doppelganger “No Idea’s Original”, play off the original concept established by the teacher, which is re-visited and refreshed after 12 years by the student. Others, such as “Street Dreamer” and “Lost Poet (It Aint Hard To Tell)” borrow from Nas in chorus only, and instead Biggz crafts his own masterpiece through story-telling and poetry laced rhymes, respectively. By the time you get to the TRUE final track of the project “Daughters”, named after Nas’ song from his latest album, you’ll either completely agree with Tilden’s initial comparisons of Jay Biggz to Nas, or you love the project for how creative and introspective he is. Also, except for featuring fellow label-mate CG on 2 cuts, “The Found Tape” is ALL Jay Biggz. Something rarely seen in this day and age in hip-hop: a mixtape (or album for that matter) with very few features, and Jay Biggz manages to captivate the audience, while still showing the Nas influences and paying homage, yet not becoming a cheap imitation. For those in need of REAL hip-hop from a student who definitely did his homework, look no further.