Premiere: More Hope For
Hip-Hop In 86Joon

Mainstream hip-hop has stagnated. Auto-tuned voices, simplistic instrumentals, and unimaginative lyrics leave much to be desired (also true for commercial music more broadly speaking). It’s no wonder that Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA recently stated that “lyricism is gone” from modern rap music, with a prognosis for the future looking dim at best. However, there remains hope for the industry. With GZA’s words of warning in mind, new talent is hitting the scene every day, looking to be the ones to regenerate hip-hop.

One such rapper to watch is 86Joon, whose candid lyrics show that he’s not afraid to take risks. Joon doesn’t try to pretend he’s anything he’s not, spitting rhymes exhibiting his familiarity with drug culture, his personal struggles (including a heart arrhythmia that prompted him to transition from a sponsored skateboarder to a full-time musician), and his commitment to his faith. In GZA’s words, 86Joon is not only “telling [his] story,” he’s “weaving the tale.”

Listen to “Crazy” below and be sure to follow 86Joon on SoundCloud for the rest of his new EP.

text by: Zoe Zaneteas










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