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J-Zone To Love A Hooker OST Old Maid Ent • 2006

As the 'rapper' J-Zone has laid down his mink coat and microphone, all attention goes to his production work nowadays. With a series of instrumental projects coming up, this former intern engineer at Power Play Studios and Vance Wright sidekick, lays all the odds on his beats. Some haters will become fans, some fans will hate the fact that the raps are gone, but anyway you turn it, connoisseurs of hip-hop cannot else than be thrilled with this album.

The familiar J-Zone sound of funky bass drum kicks, electronic and peculiar loops is still here but elaborated in a finer, varietal and much more visual way, as a soundtrack is supposed to be. The press note states that you can make up your own movie or write your own raps to it, but really, we wouldn’t touch it in a hundred years. Yeah, we know, we can’t rap, even for food, nor can we make a decent plot, even if our last name was Copolla, but these beats don’t need anymore raps nor does it tell another story than the one that is unravelled here.

Falling in love with a hooker and then trying to separate her from the pimp, which had us reminding of the movie 'True Romance' – 'Who and what is a Drexl?'- more than once, is a theme that has been dealt with a few times before and questions if the actual movie would hold its own, but even with a traditional script, J-Zone manages to create an innovating and entertaining soundtrack. With the help of interludes and scratched samples (mostly from Blaxploitation movies) right unto the tracks, the storyline can easily be followed. The title track has a funky bassline, funny samples with a raunchy and twisted guitar loop and some nice alteration in the chorus, consisting of spacey sounds, 'Letitgo' is vintage James Brown funk with slammin snares (much like 'Gotcha!') while the electronic sound of 'Cyberluv' perfectly tell the listener what’s happening in this particular scene (read it all in the liner notes!). 80s disco-funk revives in tracks like 'Freak!', the excellent 'Prostitute (Good Girl)' and the disturbed synth and keyboard playing of 'Pimpin Ronald'.

Once again, J-Zone raises the bar and adds an extra dimension to his discography, with a creative concept that will even make the haters like him. A versatile and refreshing 43 minute adventure that would make Morricone, Moroder or Roti jealous, if they were listening to hip-hop, and hell, there’s not even a movie at hand to write the music to!


POSTED ON 10|04|2006 by cpf

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