Hip-hop is a fluid art form that operates like most culture, cyclically evolving and reemerging anew, yet familiar.
"Devotion," the latest single released by Rich Jones, is a perfect representation of this creative cycle, as it evokes an MC who has embraced the full-range and capabilities of his voice and storytelling.
What the listener gets is a soulful melange of tacit lyricism, melodic jukes, a la Curtis Mayfield, and a sensibility unique to this second city citizen.
DJ Elliven's production is hard to question, much like the emotional punch of the hook. The beat is tight, kicking, and worthy of banging in the car, at the party, or to swoon that special someone.
Rich Jones has us excited for 2016, as he continues to mature and create dope music.