In a world with so much credence on blurring the lines of diversity, Jonny Dee has offered us a refreshing understanding of how the realm of psychedelic hip-hop may hold the key to understanding ‘The Human Experience‘.
With brewing anticipation from the premiere of his debut music video for ‘The Man Who Fell From the Sky’ reaching full saturation, it fell on Music and Riots to loosen to gas, and you can now watch it here:
From the first instance, the uplifting nature of the record is self evident. The lyrical style is one that flows with its own back and forth rhythm, which does much to flesh out the underlying theme – with a smile that you can hear resonate through. As a rapper, Jonny Dee sets himself apart from his peers in the genre – from those concerned more with an assertion of material wealth and aspiration, with more of a heartfelt good vibe – urging people to be at peace and better themselves.
Perhaps most notably, it’s his own scattering of guitar performances throughout the album that differentiates his style. Immediately striking as being somewhat unusual and special in itself, it’s self evident as a source of pride and inspiration – citing personal tastes flaring towards the likes of The Beatles and David Bowie as possible reasoning behind stemming down that particular path.
Hailing from San Diego, the roots of Jonny’s influences have been ever-present through his life, having family ties to psych-soul stars 5th Dimension. For the album itself, a stylish flair brings together a range of influences to craft something more distinctive entirely. The overall tone of the record varies from track to track, a subtle nod to the spectrum of the human condition. From the free and laid back dancer in ‘A Ways Away’, to the supersonic soul-funk of lead track ‘Rhythm of My Life’, to the droning distortion found ‘In the Sound’, the flavour of this rainbow bounces from pillar to post.