Hailing from Fort Worth, TX, J’Moris captures his own odyssey of growth, love, and pain in his record Blac February. But the album is also graffitted with J’Moris’ own humor and youthful flair. The opener, “Loan Shark” ft. SKIT Ben Jackson, is a voicemail where we listen to Ben asking back $7.13 that he lent to a friend. This punchy humor is found again in “Lonely Night” again featuring SKIT Ben Jackson where a female voicemail asks Ben to stop calling her.
Whether it’s invited or forced, there’s a sense of loneliness that J’Moris dissects through his lyrics. “Venting” is a Millennial/Gen Z anthem that speaks to the inexplicable hermit tendencies we have in an overly connected world. In “Alien,” he highlights the strange isolative feeling of being minority – the outcast – in the US. He further entangles into the emotional mess of human nature in “One Night” where he longs for someone and “Anymore” where he navigates through the gut-wrenching labyrinth of a difficult romance.
In “Make It Look Easy,” J’Moris beckons us into a vulnerable space where he also shares his own struggles with mental health. He becomes even more unfiltered in “Peace,” an existential moment where J’Moris tries to find reason. But it’s not always serious and dense – for instance, there’s the self-celebratory “Walking On The Moon” where he claims “Feeling like a rockstar.” The following, “B.I.D. (Oowee)” is a twerk-ready anthem that has an easy-listening hook.
Melodically, the most gripping moment is found in “Say Whoa” where the syncopated beats and smooth verbal fluidity yield a sweet blood rush. The following track, “Blac February,” features SKIT Ben Jackson again and where he delivers an infomercial-like monologue celebrating the cultural events of the month. In the last three tracks, J’Moris opens up his own personal struggles. “Bleu Cheese” delineates his own experience with street life whereas in “I Wonder” and “Letter To God,” he gives us an unfiltered look into his own mental struggles.
Blac February is an album where J’Moris help us find insight, humor, hope, and acceptance through his own narratives that feel cinematic and down-to-earth at the same time.
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