'Cause her cat climbed in the bed and now I can't sleep"
J-Zone - Crib Issues
(From Peter Pan Syndrome album; 2013)
J-Zone's always been a spiritual offspring of Prince Paul, so it's not surprising that Peter Pan Syndrome would be a concept album and sound akin to what you'd imagine Paul's production would sound like in 2013. The problem with him using Prince Paul as his blueprint is that neither of Paul's solo albums are exactly overflowing with the sort of jams you can throw on repeat and then rhyme along to in the shower, so it wouldn't have been a bad idea if 'Zone had looked to his other favourite great bugged-out producer/rapper auteur Mannie Fresh for some tips in the songwriting department since there's a few too many songs on PPS which function better as observational comedy skits set to banging beats than they do as, y'know, songs.
It's nice to see everyone finally hopping back onto J-Zone's nuts but where were you guys in 2006 when he released his unheralded masterpiece Every Hog Has Its Day with Celph Titled as the Bo$$ Hog Barbarian$? A CD so underrated that J-Zone barely even acknowledged it in his own memoir other than to mention he uses unsold copies of it as doorstops.