As much as the Seattle hip-hop scene is burgeoning right now, the R&B/NeoSoul scene is doing the same with the likes of Choklate, Darrius Willrich, Lace Cadence, Isabella Du Graf and others. One that I have recently become familiar with is Seattle singer/songwriter JusMoni who will be releasing her new Album/EP, "Ready For Life" this week. The homey Jordan sent it through for me to have a listen.
"Ready For Life" is a 9 track journey through the mind, heart, and soul of a 17 year old, but please do not judge her on her age, the trials of single parenthood have provided a maturity beyond those 17 years. It's hard to imagine that at the young age of 17 a person would have so much depth and meaning in the things they have to say. When I try and think back to that age all I can remember is the struggle of having to get up and go to school every day...seems meager in comparison to the verses on JusMoni's "Ready For Life". The production is beautiful, with a laid back jazzy/soul vibe thanks to likes of Kuddie Fresh, Tay Sean, KD Cutz, and Crispy.
The first single, Can We, features Lace Cadence and is produced by Kuddie Fresh. This joint seems to be about making a connection on a deeper, more personal level...breaking down walls. An intimate track for sure. On Never Too Late, JusMoni sings along side Khingz about changing the past "wanna right all of my wrongs/put it all into this song/before it's to late". Parker Joe (of State of the Artist) jumps on the KDCutz produced Just Crazy and shows out. I really dig his verse and this joint as a whole.
Probably my favorite joint on the album, Almost Lover is produced by Tay Sean and features The Good Sin. Almost Lover is an artistic play on the relationship between a man and woman when a child is involved. Sin portrays a character who is unable to deal with dating a single mother...because he feels that the child needs a "father figure" and his character is "too busy focused on these goals". JusMoni later raps "my prince doesn't need a father to survive/but the kings that surround him gonna bring him up right" and says goodbye to her "almost lover".
The album is an easy listen from start to finish. I expect to hear more from JusMoni as she continues to develop her voice and sound, she is definitely on the right track. If your around on December 22nd join JusMoni at Chop Suey for the "Ready For Life" CD release party, check out the flyer below. She will be joined by Brothers From Another, Khingz, Rocky Rivera, DJ WD4D, and hosted by Madline Tha Lioness. Should be a good show. Physical copies of the album will be available at the show or check out JusMoni's bandcamp on the 22nd to purchase and download. Peace.