|MH-239 Bigg Jus - Poor People's Day
Bigg Jus and DJ Gman present Poor People's Day, possibly the most relevant hip-hop record of the year. After working together on the key track from Jus' Black Mamba Serums, the duo conspired to create a release that would pay tribute to the oppressed people of the world and at the same time document what they see as an era of media control and significant global crisis. Bigg Jus fuses the indelible burners of his past with a deep political consciousness, proving himself a true aspirant to the Edutainment title. His art and politics coexist as he couches messages and exhortations in fly rhyme schemes, dropped over bumpin' beats. Those beats are provided by DJ Gman, who is sure to establish himself as one of the top producers in hip-hop with this release. The album destroys the sonic limitations of typical boom-bap and is nothing short of a revelation.
|Powerful messages on top of amazing beats is what this album is about - Ghetto Blaster / Built on the imagination and intellect which made Company Flow one of the most farsighted hip-hop acts - Q / This is one of the best albums of 2005 - IGN / The poetry of Jus’ critiques is, in a word, unmatched - Okayplayer
|Justin Ingleton is a man on a mission. Since the dissolution of Company Flow the NYC MC has maintained a steady stream of high-class political invective, most recently the paranoiac drum 'n' bass-influenced soundscapes of NMS' Imperial Letters of Protection. Musically, Poor People's Day takes a more reflective turn, as together with upcoming Atlanta based DJ Gman, Jus lays down a musical vibe more akin to the supercharged slug-funk of Co-Flow's Funcrusher Plus than the despair and desolation wrought by NMS. But lyrically it pulls no punches, the title track acting as a sterling call to arms ("money and power won't insulate you in your gated communities") with fear replaced by fiery determination. Dedicated to the oppressed underclass of America, it's a fiercely intelligent and savage indictment of the USA's (lack of) social policy. - Rocksound