JNATURAL
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JNATURAL

Walnut, California, United States

Walnut, California, United States
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With all of the attention to hating in hip-hop (a Google search of songs featuring the term yields a bounty of personalized rebukes of the subject), it’s nice to hear someone rap about love. The debut release from L.A. fashion maven and emcee JNatural, Love Is On Hiatus, begins with a meditation on love in the form of an audio collage of folks defining the word for themselves. There is no consensus, as one would expect. Likewise, this album has the potential to evoke varied responses from listeners, not unlike the way we perceive love.

The first song, the aforementioned “Intro,” as well as the other skits interspersed throughout the album, may no doubt recall the skits on Lauryn Hill’s opus, which I’m sure folks are familiar with here. JNatural’s rapid-fire flow and other stylistic elements place her as an idiosyncratic emcee, although one influenced by others, including Aceyalone, who executive produced the record. On the title track, the latent juxtaposition between the ever-permanence of love and the theme that love has been interrupted, hearken back to the way Ms. Hill identified the push-and-pull of love in all its forms. This tension is undermined by the fact that the relationship woes JNatural alludes to in this otherwise gripping song are not made direct enough for the listener to connect to.

Other highlights include the ska-influenced, guitar tinged “Love If You Believe,” where JNatural advises, “Keep faith and let truth and purity guide you/ Love won’t leave you even when you push it aside.” On “Limber Slinky,” the somber tale of a love affair gone awry, she raps: “You mappin and acting and laughing real crass/But I ain’t telling jokes see I’m just spittin math.” JNatural confounds on the jumpy, horn-inflected “They Want Sex,” when she warns of the provocative uses of sexuality and then states “Cause my sex is the way I sweet talk when I’m flowin/when I rock, rock the boat for all the players and hoes,” a phrase that definitely elicited a head-scratch from this reviewer, given her more uplifting lines and image.

The production by San Diego’s Jeff Wonder is consistent and often compliments JNatural’s melodic intonations. The rub, however, manifests in the artist’s reliance upon the sing-songy, rap/sung hybrid delivery that ultimately sends the message that her vocal expressions are two-fold. Her lyrical themes reflect an enthusiasm for rhyming, and love, although over the course of the album’s sixteen tracks her chosen angles on the subject become redundant and mantra-driven without much direction or specificity.

Love Is On Hiatus is a project that is sure to garner JNatural love in many places, although the Radio Raheem-esque reactions that oscillate between love and dislike would seem natural too.

-Niela Orr - www.OKAYPLAYER.COM


Rappers JNaturaL x Ras Kass join forces for their new joint “Manna”. Roll to the chill vibe with a message in the lyrics. People scramble over manna trying to exodus out this recession. Keep that manna fresh. Be on the lookout for more biblical references in the lyrics. This bad woman be rising in 2012.

Read more: http://www.channelapa.com/2012/03/manna-by-jnatural-x-ras-kass.html#ixzz28yObiD4a - www.channelapa.com


Before their seven date Midwest tour, Ras Kass and JNatural collaborated on this cut from her upcoming "Bad Woman Rising" project. - www.hiphopdx.com


The newest release from the Project Blowed camp comes courtesy of JNatural, an L.A.-based female MC and singer. On the mic, JNatural possesses the same melodically loping and pronunciation-rattling flow of other MCs from the Project Blowed camp, such as Abstract Rude and Aceyalone, both of whom appear on "Keys To The City." The track is off of JNatural's debut LP, Love Is On Hiatus, out June 28th, and features production from Jeff Wonder, who provides the sunny, bluesy beat that's perfect for the confident, consonant-firing flows of these three extremely talented MCs. - www.RCRDLBL.COM


Petite, sexy, and Filipina, JNatural is hardly your typical hip-hop emcee. Her debut, Love is On Hiatus, executive produced by southland legend Aceyalone, is a rousing, jazzed inflected homage to finding love. And with guests like Acey and Abstract Rude, and production by Jeff Wonder and LD (Dilated Peoples, GZA, LMNO), this June release is sure to put her on the hip-hop map. Below Acey chops it up with his protege especially for URB readers. Find out how they met, JNat’s favorite Freestyle Fellowship song, and how she plans world domination:

Aceyalone: Talk about your album a bit. Any songs about me?
JNatural: Love is on Hiatus was my attempt at defining real love. Case in point, it took the number of people I interviewed, and the adventures leading up to meeting those people, to tell my story. The meaning that my album brought to me after I had finished writing it is: love is on hiatus. As a society we are so twisted with what the definition or representation of love truly is, from our mistreatment of each other, to the beauty and consumer products industry convincing us we need to look a certain way to be desirable, to the (and I hate to say it) music and tv industry glorifying all the afforesaid things. Love will always be on hiatus for those people looking to fill what these “people” say we lack, with the things, notions, ideas that these “people” are trying to sell us. You lack nothing. You are perfect. Love is inside of YOU. But you will always be waiting for it until you realize that only you have the power to activate it. Are there any songs about you on the album?? Haha. Honestly? “Rain” is about you Acey or at least inspired by you… I remember writing that song and channeling your “alone-ness.”

Aceyalone: What’s it like being a female (Filipina) MC out there?
JNatural: It’s the same as being a female anywhere, regardless of what youre trying to do. The capitalist world is pretty much male dominated, which a microcosm of hip-hop. As females, we are underestimated, over sexualized and overlooked. Female and Filipina is pretty much almost the antithesis of what the average person is expecting to see when they look for someone rapping. I like being the underdog tho… it makes the impact when I start to speak so much greater.

Aceyalone: How is designing clothes/fashion like making a hip-hop record?
JNatural: Like any good fashion line, as your career goes along you have to define your style, not just create knock off versions of other trending styles. In defining your style, you not only have to define what you like, but what your fanbase looks to you for and evolve it so its always fresh. I believe when creating a record, just like creating a line, there has to be an inspiration, a point of view or something you want to say. Every designer thats always been associated with genius can tell a powerful and cohesive visual story. Lastly, just as in fashion, you always always have to go with your gut. A term thats often been used in many places I’ve been employed is “Its better to fall on your face, than fall on your ass”. The balance of safe/commercial, with forward reaching music is what creates a well rounded and saleable fashion line. The same principles apply to a hip-hop record.

Aceyalone: Your favorite Freestyle Fellowship song + why?
JNatural: It would really be hard for me to pick just one..haha … I love “Cornbread” because of the drumbeat and the playful lyrics, and just the fact that it makes me wanna jump up and bust, beat on bathroom walls, b-girl b-girl forever. I love “7th seal” again because of the beat, the style and delivery of the lyrics, and I just have a thing for occult, extraterrestrial, supernatural type subjects. When I hear this song I feel like my body is taken over by a higher spirit which causes me to move and dance freely, like a war chant or a rain dance. Lastly but certainly not least, I love “When the Sun Took a Day Off.” The first time I heard this song, the story telling blew my mind, the whole mood of it, the combination of the story and the beat together. it felt so desolate, so eery, I could see colors like this place was a painting.

Aceyalone: What’s next?
JNatural: I’m just going to keep doing me. Proliferating my creative prowess. The current album Love is On Hiatus is coming on in June and the movie from the album, called “Desire” should be premiering in June as well as well as showing in various domestic and international film festivals. As far as music goes, I want to come out with a new album within the next year or so that’s a departure from what I’ve normally done… something quite experimental.. that or Im just going to make a fuckin-pop album. I’ve started a production company called Mis-Masked Productions and I’m planning to continue making videos and films, maybe even a feature. My design firm Halseyan LLC is constantly gaining new clientele and we are aiming for Asian and European markets at the moment. Regardless of what area, the - www.URB.com


LA’s hottest upcoming female MC JNatural pairs up with two of the city’s underground hip-hop godfathers, Abstract Rude and Aceyalone, on this latest track from the LP Love Is On Hiatus.
- www.URB.com


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