JP’s Deeper Insight depict the highs and low of a young black man from North West London
Words by Charles Odugbesan
Back in Mid-January, 14HQ posted a new song to our Share Page. The song was called ‘Where I’m Going’, a wonderfully introspective cover from JP of Travis Scott’s ‘Coffee Bean’. On a personal note there was a great satisfaction in seeing somebody that I knew roll back the years and reapply the musical talent he once showed. It was like a welcome comeback.
Fast forward to June 1st and JP, after a string of performances and video releases, dropped his newest mixtape entitled Deeper Insight. Now let me now start by saying Deeper Insight wasn’t a mixtape for me; honestly, it felt way more like an album. Aside from a handful of notable instrumentals, a by chance listener might be none the wiser. But anyways…
First and foremost, there was the title – Deeper Insight, a concept in itself, that JP never deviated from. He echoed and delicately drummed the phrase into the listener throughout the project till it became more than just the title; it became the mantra. There were the plethora of different topics JP gave us within the music, all of which seemed drawn on from personal experiences that depict the highs and low of a young black man from North West London coming up. Picture a big cooking pot with happiness, education, roots and identity, family, friends and human value for ingredients – not served up without sprinklings of pain, loss, isolation, hardship and lack of control. Making music about the good times is all well and good, but an artist who can portray vulnerability, openness and a genuine perspective has the ability to inspire and connect.
We hear various movie skits, cuts that all present further gems and glimpses into the man behind the music. The little touches an artist adds to his work can be both easily and greatly missed.
At times, there was a real cohesion with the music in terms of the instrumentals and their synergy, sure signs of an individual with a good ear for beats. And the way he was able to quicken and slow down the pace of the project in the necessary spots and of course, show emotion, charisma and versatility on the mic is more than commendable. And 17 songs! Not much wrong can be said about an artist who goes into such detail with a mixtape. More can be said about an artist who sets himself high standards and shows an infectious belief in his musical ability
From myself and the rest of 14HQ, congratulations and a great deal of respect goes out to JP. No doubt we will be following your journey closely and supporting you every step of the way!!
Click here to watch JP – Fire Freestyle
Click here to watch JP – Tribe UK
Click here to listen to Deeper Insight