Artist – Jai
Album – Culture Shock
Label- Outlet Music Group
Street date- August 02, 2011
Album length- 15 tracks: 59 minutes, 10 seconds
Genre- Hip-Hop/ RnB/ Urban
IPod pick- Saviour
Meet Jai though She’s been around for a while, featuring on various hip hop artists’ songs such as ‘Hero’ by Trip lee and ‘God is Enough’ by Lecrae. And now, she’s out with her debut titled ‘Culture Shock’ which is sure to put out some shock waves on the music scene.
The album though upbeat and really hard to be classified into one genre is centred on the greatness and the mighty works of God ( ‘I Love You (Human)’, ‘You Deserve My All’, ‘I’ll Wait’, ‘Praise Grenade’, ‘Calling You’). Jai also tackles the subject of being confident in one’s own skin on the upbeat ‘Reflection’ singing ‘who am I to say i’m not good enough/ not tryna add colur to the Mona Lisa’. On Saviour we hear beautiful accapella echoes in the style of veteran artist Brandy. You would simply love it! ‘Stand Alone’ has a beaty african-esque danceable tune in the style of Beyonce’s ‘Girls’ but at a slower pace. It’s one of my personal favourites. ‘Dancing For You’ on which Guvna B features sounds like Beckah Shae meets Kesha, In fact Jai drops a long rap.
Other highlights include the morning sunshine song titled ‘Good Day’ which is sure to brighten up anyone’s day with it’s powerful message and energetic beats and ‘Calling You’ (on which Lecrae features) which is a pure praise song unto God.
I wasn’t surprised when I learnt Jai wrote or co-wrote every song on this album and this is why. Fine, it’s a hip album with lots of beaty tracks, party-ready is the term. In fact, a friend of mine while I was playing this said playfully ‘and the party album of the year goes to Jai’s Culture Shock’ and I really giggled at that. But beyond the beaty music I hear some deep passion and heart on this album sincerely. The lyrics are deep, reflective and at all times point to a sincere relationship with God.
Truth be told there’s no song titled ‘Culture Shock’ on this album but this album is ‘shocking’ in every sense. Tired of the same ol’ same ol’? Need something fresh, real and at the same time entertaining? Let Jai awaken you with a shock from the deep ‘sleep’ our culture keeps pulling us into. 🙂
Review by Ayomide Akinkugbe . He blogs at Verbs and Vibes