Compton Globetrotter – [1takejay]

No matter how far back you might dig, the West Coast music scene hasn’t seemed to really change a crazy amount over the years. Of course there are new names, faces, and things to brag about, but the overall aesthetic of the music is the same at its core as it was even a few decades ago. This may raise some tension with old heads or listeners who are stuck in the “golden era” still, but let me finish my thought before you get too upset. Sure, there are plenty of differences that you could come up with, but the overall formula has remained comparable, but it has been a style that has been loved by millions for years upon years, so if the recipe isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

At the same time, it seems like certain emcees have come and gone in what feels like the blink of an eye, so when someone like 1takejay is able to remain relevant and still put out intoxicating music, I can’t help but show my admiration. His latest release comes in the form of his debut studio album Compton Globetrotter, a 14-song effort that lasts almost 37 minutes long. In the press release I received with the project, I read how it marks a turning point in his career thanks to the dynamic sounds and uncharacteristic beat selection that Jay made throughout.

This is something that will be clear and defined after listening if you have followed along with his career prior to this album, and while he still has the same energetic charisma and animated personality, he shows this over a myriad of different types of instrumentals, three of which he even produced himself. His star power is nothing to ignore, either, because with features from artists like BlueBucksClan, 42 Dugg, OhGeesy, YN Jay, Kalan.FrFr, Blueface, and more icons, the fact that he can not only hold his own but prove that he can eat at the grown-up table is as clear as day on every single record.

1takejay wants to be the star of the show, and while he is most likely going to have to share the spotlight with numerous other phenoms on the West Coast, they’re going to have to make some room for him because he isn’t going anywhere but up, just like he has been ever since he first hit the scene.