Atlanta Rapper / Producer Jonathon Eley recently dropped his third album “America 25”. An appropriate title to a project that fleshes out the experience of a twenty-five-year-old African American musician in the U.S. Despite it being a story that hip-hop listeners are all too familiar with, Jonathon makes it his own and keeps the listener excited to hear more by bringing variety and substance to a handful of well-polished tracks.
With “America 25” Jonathon shows off his ability to hit multiple genres and styles along the 11 tracks in the project. Something you only see from some of the most talented in hip hop. In fact, one of the first songs “Who Do You Think You Are?” starts the album off with a more alternative sounding track which gave definite Linkin Park feelings. This is quickly contrasted with the ever-popular dark-trap sound in the next track entitled “fear”. Don’t let that fool you into thinking it would lack substance, for it's probably one of the deeper cuts on the album. There is never a predictable moment in this album. Where songs that have some bounce like “Pardon” which make you think you’re listening to Joyner Lucas, others will be more melodic or drawn-out that reflects artists like Saba or The Weekend.
The downside to this project is that it will apparently be Jonathon Eley’s final contribution to the hip hop genre. It's something you can hear being reflected in some of the tracks yet its still very unfortunate because he has so much to give.
Review By: Dylan Yesenofski