Houston is full of aspiring artists, and Jon S brings a new flavor to the Houston sound and scene.
“Green” is the color of money, the color used to describe inexperienced people, and now, thanks to Houston artist Jon S, it is the color of one of the hottest EPs to come out this summer. “The Green EP,” Jon S’s third studio album, is a 6-track project released earlier this year that shows the relatively unfamiliar rapper’s style and solidifies his place among independent rappers. Produced by the California-based Kill Bighead, who has worked with Soulja Boy, Bobby Shmurda, Famous Dex, and Rich the Kid, among others, the EP isn’t your average “I-found-this-on-SoundCloud-and-I’ll-only-listen-to-it-once” album. Listeners can tell there was time taken, and a skilled hand mastered each song.
The most refreshing part of Jon S’s sound is that the lyrics are intelligible and realistic. What I mean by “realistic” is that we aren’t hearing about a bunch of money and girls and cars and clothes that the artist clearly doesn’t have yet, rather we hear about the struggle he’s gone through to finish his project and be where he is today musically.
Definitely taking his rightful place among rhythmic rappers, at first listen, Jon S reminded me of a sort of secular Lecrae. He delivers his lines forcefully and aggressively, but the songs don’t come across as too hard to handle because of the lyrical content. Every rapper – and some other artists who are just breaking into their field – can relate to Jon S’s vows to make money and deliver on his promise to make a lasting career and name in the hip hop scene.
I’m excited to hear more from Jon S (maybe an interview soon?) but until then, I will be keeping up with him through his SoundCloud and his YouTube channel. Check out the first visual here: