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Jake Emlyn

Jake Emlyn

Jake Emlyn


Jake Emlyn raps as nasty as Frank Ocean sings. It’s quickly apparent that the London boy is either a ridiculously successful ladies’ man who’s had more women that I have ever dreamed of, or he’s got a really depraved, incredible imagination. Either way, it’s a strangely thrilling listen – these are glimpses into the sordid moments of a shameless genius. Because the intelligence with Jake is plain to see, polysyllable over polysyllable, clever rhyme schemes punched with gutter street slang. Read more on Last.fm
Jake Emlyn raps as nasty as Frank Ocean sings. It’s quickly apparent that the London boy is either a ridiculously successful ladies’ man who’s had more women that I have ever dreamed of, or he’s got a really depraved, incredible imagination. Either way, it’s a strangely thrilling listen – these are glimpses into the sordid moments of a shameless genius. Because the intelligence with Jake is plain to see, polysyllable over polysyllable, clever rhyme schemes punched with gutter street slang. Though at times his technique is threatened to be eclipsed by his dress sense: 1970s ‘Grease’ starlet Olivia Newton-John is the self-confessed style icon, which is probably why he’s been so at ease supporting Riff Raff and Brooke Candy on their recent UK tours.

It’s a good match, as Jake is of a similarly schizophrenic, larger-than-life mould. What’s interesting about him however is that the personas change all the time: he’s a sadistic, self-deprecating womanizer; He’s a talented rapper on a grind; He’s an alien performing sorcery, he’s a ‘Cockney Willy Wonka’. Through all this shape-shifting though the strangely hypnotic flow stays the same - and Jake knows he’s hypnotic, too. He’s got such a disarmingly natural style that he seems to smirk over every track - on ‘The Wonka Hath Landed’, he boasts ‘the day I lose, all the stars will move.” On ‘New Day’, “Name one person that’s like me that you know; Oh.” And he’s right. Dancing between Bowie and rudeboy and keeping it about your flow is a difficult act. Perverted certainly, playful definitely.

His lyrical ability though, even at his young age puts him in the same bracket as natural storytellers like Eminem and Wiley, whilst his penchant for flamboyant garms really hasn’t been seen on these shores since young folk troubadour King Charles. Indeed Jake name drops the folk scene, some links to the Marling/ Mumford family may well become apparent in later months, but meanwhile these are nevertheless big statements from Jake Emlyn; similarly brash, unapologetic statements as those seen stateside with stars like Mykki Blanco, Brooke Candy and Riff Raff: considering he’s supported two out of three this isn’t a bad hit rate. The young rapper has the heart and the ability to carve himself a niche this side of the atlantic. A producer’s dream of a talent and with all the attention alternative rap has been getting in recent months, there’s never been a better time to be young, slutty and talented.

Maybe he’s not making all that woman troubles stuff up. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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