Kasey Jones - in loving memory

Kasey Jones with Ande from 800 along with a few skateboard decks that he (Ande) designed 2 the Facelift art show for Boz800 and Domingo

Kasey Jones with Ande from 800 along with a few skateboard decks that he (Ande) designed 2 the Facelift art show for Boz800 and Domingo

It's finally here America. The DMV standout, Kasey Jones, has finally released a body of work. Personally, I very happy for this project. Kasey is one of my closest friends so I've been around since the beginning watching him grow as an artist. This is definitly a milestone. Shoutout to the 8.

If I had to pick one word to describe this project it would be BOUNCE. From the beat selection to the flow, every track has this bump about it that makes it almost impossible to not move your body. It is definitely different from the types of songs that Kasey has been featured on or released in the past. The production provided by Trill800 and Fubu800 is probably the reason behind the immense bumpage. Whatever brought it out of him, this definitely is a new attribute of Jones. 

Kasey Jones for Rare Panther

Kasey Jones for Rare Panther

To break it down track by track I have to start with my favorite, Brown (Black Dynamite 2). Now if you actually know me, you'd remmeber that I was a member of failed rap group Publik Theory. Back in the day, we had a song called 'Black Dynamite'. This song happened to be one of Kasey's first apperances under that name. Until this project, that was my favorite song from the former TurtleGawd. This revamp, produced by Chase Smith, is worthy of being number two. The only thing that I can possible say that I don't like about the song are the random other vocals, they kinda take away from the track but its whatever forreal. After Brown, its FubuHemmies. The utilization of the other rapper in 800 on this track is great. Half Empty and Domingo came raw on this joint. all three of them have such distinct flows that it was just as complementary as the colors 800 uses in their many logos. Platinum is next strictly because of the beat. It has this Baltimore club sound about it that I love. After that it goes, Like a Mouse, Slime, Coast 2 Coast, then Up Your Nose (Up Your Nose is only last because I don't think it should have be umbrella'd into this project, it was a great single). 

As far as negatives go, I don't have much to say in regards to this particular tape. My only problem is that I waited so long for 6 new tracks. None of them were a waste so I'm not mad but this project leaves me wanting more in an annoying way. Other than that, my son Kasey snapped. Listening to this felt like watching my oldest daughter go off to prom for the first time. There is nothing but success in Kasey Jones' future. Yall need to start paying the fuck attention. 800! 

~Kiah Fields