J’Moris’s “Extra” EP has an excellent retro 90s feel, but the cracking mix of the newness of trap electronic beats and a heavy bass brings it right up to date.
You can hear the R & B influence in the lyrics and the vocal style. There’s a lot of slow, heartfelt intimacy in the words and the stories he tells.
J’Moris hails from Fort Worth, Texas where he grew up during the crack epidemic and his music is a reflection of his struggle to survive and a glorious means to escape from the seeming inevitability of his circumstance. His is a hard-fought battle and one that resonates with so many of his generation and beyond. Perhaps this is why his story and his voice is so powerful and important, or perhaps his poetry would have found an audience regardless of its beginnings.
Either way, J’Morris has a lot to say and he does it with a voice that feels as real as his story and southern drawl, round and full. He sings hard and leans in, unafraid to say what he means in a way that entertains as much as it informs.
You can hear the influences of 90s gansta rap of course, the grind, the beats. Biggie comes to mind, but there’s a newer polish to this, a hopeful quality that makes it lighter somehow. This is a man moving forward, aware of his history and proud of where he belongs but still looking to the future, being bold and adventurous and inspired. Loved it!