The list of my hip-hop/rap peers that I respect is a vast one, but the club of my hip-hop/rap peers that truly inspire me is a very exclusive one. One of the longest standing members of this club is the Austin-based legend Curbside Jones. Since the day I discovered Wolves’ Clothing, every single bit of creative output from Curbside Jones has been amazing, be it music, videos, animations, clothing, photography or whatever he chooses to dip his toes into. Gyakusou Vol. 1, the brief but powerful collaboration with Japanese producer Ballhead, is further proof of Curbside Jones‘ ability to make nothing less that concept albums. Check the Bandcamp page for a complete breakdown on the origins and inspiration for the project, and cop it while you’re there, because it’s a bonafide banger.
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Nothing hits me harder than a well executed concept album. I’m a casual fan just like anyone else… I dig it when production is going hard and lyrics are clever. There’s something special, however, about an artist who can take an idea, explore it thoroughly from song to song, and yet have each song be its own entity. I believe that Curbside Jones has dropped a concept album for the ages with his latest release, Wolves’ Clothing. A very original take on the ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ concept, Curbside Jones gets extremely personal by using the analogy of the timid sheep ‘wearing’ the persona of the wolf. The smart part is how the analogy is direct, and yet open ended and easy to apply to other concepts, not just the literal imagery being set forth. Add in some of the hands down dopest cover art I’ve seen in ages, and it seems like we’re dealing with something that will more than likely make many best of lists at the end of the year. I’d be surprised if it doesn’t make mine.