JFKratez & Jargon - P.A.T.H. (Play at the Heavens)
Since the majority of the Back2Pluto fan base probably has never heard of JFKratez or Jargon, I will fill you in. These two MC’s are part of the Cypha Circle, a DMV collective of some of the dopest producers/MC’s you’ve never heard of. Hailing from Montgomery County and DC respectively, JFKratez and Jargon are some of the best that this group has to offer.
Now for the review. The best part(s) about this tape are the beats. JFKratez produces as well as raps, and the beats on this tape very solid. You can sense heavy J. Dilla influences in the way that JFKratez produces. The standout track on the tape production-wise is the track “Rivals,” and back and forth between JFKratez and Jargon, as the the most heated rivalry in anime, Ash Ketchum and Gary Oak. This track uses a crazy reflip of the Violet City/Olivine City music from Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal, which should appeal to any 90s baby or Pokemon Masters out there.
From an lyrical standpoint, JFKratez is solid but Jargon is hands down the front runner. With a Skyzoo-esqe flow to carry his outstanding bars, his lyricism pulls the entire tape together. JFKratez is no slouch either, showing some of his wittiest bars in the tape’s Final Fantasy XII opener “One Wing Demon” and the brother-to-brother conversation within the Naruto-themed track “Itachi.”
Some of the tracks, however, are rather cliché. The weed driven “Spirals” is a rather basic personification of the effects of the ganja, and the similar track “Body High” is much of the same. Overall, P.A.T.H. is a very enjoyable mixtape that appeals to both the purists and the backpackers alike, and is deserving of a thorough listen.