Mixtape Review: Jon Connor – The Blue Album
In case you didn’t get that from the title or cover, this is a project with a Jay-Z theme. Jon goes in over classic Hova beats from The Blueprint series.
First I’ll say this, Connor cannot and more importantly he refuses to be denied. The passion & hunger in his voice is hard to find these days rap. It’s somewhat inspiring.
This collection by Jon and DJ Green Lantern includes several features from the less dynamic All Varsity crew of Jon’s. The side kicks aren’t bad they just don’t match his intensity. It not their fault though, it isn’t an easy feat. He gives a constant diet of word play and the chip on his shoulder is just enough to make you want him to win. I’ve listened 3 times in less than 24 hrs and I catch new metaphors each time.
He calls it struggle music and I can’t help but agree. He kind of reminds me of Royce Da 5’9 but not as angry. More optimistic and almost cocky like J. Cole. I don’t say that to imply he’s a copy of anyone, but to say that his flow is every bit as awesome and refreshing. Hopefully with the success of Cole World, the powers that be will reinstated the believe in quality over quantity. Maybe it will mark the return of the MC and the death of the rapper.
Bottom line, if you can’t appreciate Jon Connor and his raw talent then I probably won’t respect you or your opinion. He calls himself “the best in the world” and although I wouldn’t go that far, Flynt’s hero is definitely on pace to make noise. Also, stay tuned as Jon tapes on who I consider the best in the world, Eminem, next!
Download the tape here >>> http://midwestmixtapes.com/2012/the-blue-album/