Any musical genre is built on two forces. One playing by the rules, coalescing the genres traditional sounds and accepting its place in the pack, the other pushing the boundaries, testing new waters, beating fresh paths through previously uncharted territory. Wondu is defiantly in the latter category. Yes, Bossman Freestyle is built around a hip-hop vibe and a rap punch but not like any you have heard before. This is hip-hop stripped to brutal and basic building blocks, the beats and the lyrics, and then put back together using stark and edgy street raps and just enough music between the beat and the vocal delivery to smooth things over.
Many artists falling into the loose urban collective try too hard to push boundaries and fuse genres which have no place being intertwined. Usually this is the sonic equivalent of dropping a hand grenade into the middle of the listener’s expectations and then trying to rearrange the debris into new and pleasing shapes. Sure, you really shake things, and then some, but you also find that the result is normally, well…a total disaster. Wondu is happy to work in more familiar territory he just has the ability to strip things back to basics, make things more intense, more honest.
Whiskey Jonez is an Austin based guitarist with a sound that is quite interestingly unlike any other. What makes his sound so special is the intriguing blend between metal and hip-hop in a sound that has live performance and freestyle soloing at heart. His latest track “Blow” features this concept clearly and for those who ever wondered what a metal infused solo over a strong driving hip-hop beat sounds like, this is your chance to discover!
From the very beginning the song starts off with a sound that captivates any listener’s attention. The initial electronic sounds might be a bit misleading for some, and as the heavy beat kicks in, the song kicks off a roller-coster-like journey. The beat, providing the backdrop for the guitar solo, remains steady throughout, while the melodic aspect goes on to explore variations of phrases in a freestyle fashion which features metal riffs as well as rhythmic patterns and other soaring licks. As the music video portrays, this music is best experienced live. Something which Whiskey Jonez knows how to do well and is best known for. Overall this song will provide you with a listening experience that is unlike any other. The unlikely combination of hip hop and metal ends up working really well in this case, definitely making Whiskey Jonez’s style one to look out for!