|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
|Poor People's Day continues Bigg Jus' trademark fierce lyrical intelligence and oddball musical constructs: one of the strongest and most politically charged songs on the album is "Illustrations of Hieronymus Bosch...That 1467 Shit," which draws canny comparisons between modern society and the Flemish painter's apocalyptic visions, set to a cut-up orchestral setting that sounds like a mutation of early Art of Noise. Overall, however, Poor People's Day is the rapper's most immediately accessible album, with less fractured, smoother beats and fewer outlandish arrangements underneath his lyrics. Those lyrics are as uncompromising as ever, but the friendlier settings make Bigg Jus' position statements and character studies sound easier to get into than ever before, which increases their strength considerably. Easily his best solo record, Poor People's Day is the equal of any of Bigg Jus' '90s records with Company Flow. - All Music Guide