|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
|As a founding member of Company Flow, Bigg Jus is no stranger in uniting a group of people. On Poor People’s day, he uses Hip-Hop as a platform to speak on issues such as poverty, racism, inequality, corrupt policy, war, and a variety of other issues. DJ GMAN, who provides the production for this album, uses a wide range of samples and musical inspirations to evoke moods that are intensified further by Big Jus’ lyrics. This is not an album that abides by any “rules” of Hip-Hop. While it maintains the consciousness of the Boom-Bap and Native Tongue era, its production, presentation, and overall lyrical content do not adhere to the presentation that the legends of these eras used. Part stream of consciousness, part spoken-word, Jus’s style is a freely flowing exhibition in societal analysis. Songs that could be read as poetry or an exercise in Sociological activism, Poor People’s Day is an important album because it address issues that are critical to all people without sacrificing the message or the platform used to proclaim it. - Jive