Jon Connor - The People's Rapper LP (Mixtape Review)

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The musical accompaniment is all derived from Eminem's catalog, so the weight lies heavily on the shoulders of Connor's lyricism.

Back in the day, you’d do an album in a year, you were straight. Now you gotta drop a song every day to be great. Then, niggas start falling off just tryin’ to keep up the pace and in a sense, it devalues all of the music we make.” –Jon Connor, “8 Mile Road”

It’s daring for Jon Connor to tackle the subject of mixtape overindulgence in this manner on a mixtape. However, it’s fitting for Connor to be daring. He’s already faced the challenge of rhyming over beats Jay-Z made famous in a previous tape [last year’s The Blue Album]. Now, on The People’s Rapper LP, he does the same over beats Eminem has popularized. As part of his “Best in the World” series, it’s only right for Connor to bring that daring approach to the microphone, but how does this translate to the music?

The musical accompaniment, as mentioned, is all derived from Eminem’s catalog, so the weight lies heavily on the shoulders of Connor’s lyricism. Detractors may gripe about the lack of original instrumentals but it’s hard to knock it when it’s part of the tape’s concept. Here, Connor lends his own spin on Em’s tracks. For instance, “Stan” becomes a trio of tribute letters to Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., and MC Breed. “Cleaning Out My Closet” becomes an ode to non-believers in and out of his circle. “Hard to control your emotions when the lack of support comes from the ones who the closest,” he rhymes over piercing production from Em and Jeff Bass. Tracks like “25 to Life,” “The Way I Am,” “Til I Collapse” and “Lose Yourself” prove Connor can rhyme with a concentrated fury, flip multisyllabic patterns and switch flows within verses. True to its title, Connor proves he can rhyme in a way that relates to the struggling artist and the everyday person, but that’s not to say this tape is flawless.

The only flaws stem from some of the repetition the opening quote acknowledges can take place when dropping tapes at a high rate. Throughout, Connor constantly comments on the state of the industry, which he sees as deprived and his status within the game, which he sees as unjust and momentary. The problem is he does this far too often with little change. While he remains sound lyrically, it’s difficult not to wish for varied subject matter. Though this doesn’t take away from his delivery or lyricism, it’s still important to note. However, Connor promises this shouldn’t be a problem for long. “A mixtape is a vehicle for reaching my goal but my albums is a piece of my soul,” he warns on the aforementioned “8 Mile Road,” before adding, “Get ready.” The promising People’s Rapper LP has managed to grab the people’s attention. From Em and Jon, we know this opportunity comes but once in a lifetime. So now the question is, how will Connor use it?

DX Consensus: "EP-worthy"

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  • Jon Connor - Unconscious State (2nd Studio Album) (Duck Down Music Inc.)

    1. Intro 2. When Darkness Falls (Produced by The Alchemist) 3. Gotta Get 'Em feat. Royce da 5'9" (Produced by Mr. Porter) 4. Take My Pain (Produced by Mr. Porter) 5. Nightmares (Produced by Statik Selektah) 6. Better Days (Produced by Mr. Porter) 7. Bloody Money (Produced by Statik Selektah) 8. Judgement Day (Produced by Statik Selektah) 9. Two Clips feat. Pharoahe Monch (Produced by Marco Polo) 10. Sunshine (Produced by Mr. Porter) 11. Die Hard (Produced by Black Milk) 12. Mercy feat. Guilty Simpson (Produced by Apollo Brown) 13. Formidable Enemy (Produced by Mr. Porter) 14. City Lights feat. Phonte (Produced by 9th Wonder) 15. Big Beat Walkthrough feat. Action Bronson & Reks (Produced by Statik Selektah) 16. Unconscious State (Produced by Khrysis)

  • Jon Connor - Salvation

    1. Salvation (Produced by StreetRunner, co. Sarom) 2. We All In feat. Slaughterhouse (Produced by Eminem, co. Jeff Bass) 3. Minutes & Seconds (Produced by Mr. Porter) 4. Don't Fall In Love (Produced by Mr. Porter) 5. Big City Dreams (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) 6. Someday feat. Melanie Fiona (Produced by No I.D.) 7. Mind Games (Produced by Black Milk) 8. Broken Mirror (Produced by Cool & Dre) 9. Blue City Club feat. Royce da 5'9" & eLZHi (Produced by Black Milk) 10. Nice 2 Meet U (Produced by Eminem) 11. F.L.I. 69 feat. Nas (Produced by Mr. Porter) 12.Hustle Music (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) 13. Someone Like Me (Produced by Boi-1da, add. Matthew Burnett) 14. Place On Earth (Produced by Mr. Porter) 15. Ain't No Future (Produced by Dr. Dre, co. Dewaun Parker)

  • mdkeren2

    BELOW on every new video article and basically any new piece of content

  • Slaughterhouse

    Should of did what Elzhi did and use a live band to recreated the beats but still 4.5/5

  • Train Of Thought

    Top 5 mixtapes this year. #WORD

  • Salvation of Hip Hop

    Stand up FLINT!

  • Shady 2.0

    Straight Fire, next for Shady 2.0

  • Anonymous2

    4/5 He keeps getting better

  • grock

    stop listening to just beats...

  • dan

    dope.. people are saying its unoriginal, but its a mixtape. He is just rapping over other peoples beats killing it. If he comes out with another album that will be his original beat shit.

  • nah kid

    wackness. you gusy are stans

  • junior

    Too Many Stanz on this thread

  • nah B

    Just shark biting to me.

  • JB

    Amazing take on some amazing songs from over the years. hands down connor is just as equally creative... i hope to see him collaborating with aftermath or shady 2.0

  • Marcelo Villa

    I saw Jon Connor open for Hopsin in Chicago and he blew everyone in the crowd away. This LP did the same to me!

  • RJ

    Dope mixtape. Great review despite the part about him not changing the subject about how the game is weak. As his third mixtape, he obviously did it on purpose so the people like the reviewer from DX would hear it over and over so DX can stop reviewing garbage like Lil B.

  • anonymous

    best mixtape I've herd in a long time

  • Ben

    Remember his name. We will all be seeing him soon.

  • rc_yungfab

    this dude is dumb nice son word to my mama

  • Anonymous

    if a fan of real lyrics then this is your man he about bring it to the real hip hop i need him on a dj premier beat or showbiz beat

  • nah, not buying it

    Terribly overrated. Unoriginal as hell.

    • Anonymous

      yeah I forgot that he was rapping about being in the club with 3000 bitches getting shot 12 times while makin it rain. Oh wait....

  • Lumbajack

    I got to see Jon Connor live in Detroit, and it was amazing. The crowd didn't get truly fired up until he graced the stage (he was one of the 5 or so rappers opening up for Slaughterhouse). It was awesome to get to yell out, "Blue City Club!" and see Jon as an artist and human being do what he does best. This mixtape is very fulfilling and fun, although I do agree that a bit more subject matter would have been nice. Having said that, many of the songs are so inspirational and I especially love the ones where he gets more personal. I'm still listening to Season 2 AND The Blue Album, and this mixtape will also be in the rotation. Keep it up Jon, it's nice to see you getting recognition and respect!

  • Anonymous

    so this guy has the same flow as eminem... hes talented in a way to copy the best rapper alive.. which in theory makes him the second best rapper alive. 4 stars for effort.

  • Anonymous

    That line at the begining of the review from the "8 mile" track sums up perfectly how I feel about hip hop today

  • Alf Capone

    connor and krit are pretty much who im counting on as far as this generation of hip hop goes

  • JG

    Love this album. And like Connor says in one of the tracks, if it makes you wanna go back and listen to Em's version then he did his job. I was skeptical at first, but I'm a believer now. Well done.

  • SLM

    This man got fire hand down go to to see what I am talking about .com

  • Moonie313

    5/5 like everything I have heard of his!

  • Moonie313

    This mixtape is a banger, just like Season 1 and Season 2 and The Blue album mixtape. This dude is bringing back them lyrics!!! I used to say NO ONE COULD HANG WITH EMINEM (with the exception of Nickle) but this muhfucka Conner? WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

  • King Chandler

    Connor is a lyrical beast, every project is on point, for him to put out a new project every 2 or 3 months and for every project to be lyrically dope doesn't happen that often, if someone is reading this thinking "I've never even heard of this dude Jon Connor, why is DX reviewing this" please just download any of dudes mixtapes and you will see why. Beware though if your looking for another Waka Flocka, or if you want to hear someone talk about swag this and swag that, you will not be getting that from Connor.

  • angered

    I really think DX is reviewing too many mediocre mixtapes from too many so-so rappers (who release mixtapes every day), and artists dropping albums are getting ignored. Where is E-40?

    • bballslim42

      If Jon Connor is a 'so-so' rapper than you really need to put the rest of us up on some shit.

    • Benny Dub

      ^^^ Uh, what are u so angry about? Is there a point? Are you saying that Connor is a "so-so" rapper who dropped a "mediocre" mixtape? If so, please check the comment above from King Chandler. Connor is a beast who definitely deserves all the shine he can get. Unfortunately he isn't dropping pop-rap so you won't hear him on the radio.

  • Awesome

    This man is amazing