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Jeremiah Jae - Rappayamatantra [EP]

Jeremiah Jae - Rappayamatantra [EP]

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire February 16th, 2011.

"With this record I didn't want to think too much about commercial appeal or trends, rather the personal struggle to remain honest and balanced for anyone." When I read that quote from Jae, I groaned. Often, an artist deliberately making music without commercial appeal means the music will be unlistenable, but Jae’s EP, Rappayamatantra, works hard to make an exception to that rule.

Meant as a bridge between his début release and his first full LP, the yet to be released Raw Money Raps, this 8-track EP gives a glance into the potential Jae has. Like all modern hip-hop there are touches of Bob James and some RZA, alongside something less easily defined.

Jeremiah Jae has the potential to make beats and tracks that hark back to the Wu-Tang’s greatest days, and at the same time sound more modern than an iPhone reading a Kindle.
Jae grew up with a father who revered to Miles Davis and other jazz greats and a mother who sang gospel, and it is instantly obvious that this draws a wider range of influences than the average hip-hop record, without ignoring the industry standards. Jae himself cited Placebo as one influence, something you can’t imagine Kanye letting slip through the grill.


Jae’s comments about not paying attention to trends should not be ignored, and this is very much a single, experimental piece broken into tracks. As a beat maker and producer Jae has huge potential, and 'King’s Bop' is a brilliant, jangly masterpiece of instrumental hip-hop. However, his rap skills will need improvement if he ever makes a record with a more commercial flavour.

This may be a path that is never trodden, and Jae may remain in the ether without challenging the big boys of rap, but that would be a shame. Jeremiah Jae has the potential to make beats and tracks that hark back to the Wu-Tang’s greatest days, and at the same time sound more modern than an iPhone reading a Kindle.



There are tracks here that feel a bit transient, and you get the impression some never would have made it onto an LP, but it is an early years record and in that context Rappayamatantra is a genuinely exciting EP, which should draw more people into listening.

This won’t be the EP that breaks Jae to a wider audience. The commercial aspect of this music is limited, and in some ways it’s quite funny that a relatively unknown artist is thinking about mass appeal at all, but as long he is garnering attention, and with high-profile support from, amongst others, the likes of Flying Lotus, Jae has everything in place to take the next step toward the spotlight.

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