Jon Connor - Unconscious State

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"Unconscious State" is a change of pace from Jon Connor, reflecting both growth and regression. At times he sacrifices artistry in the chase for recognition.

Extending the formerly prevalent legacy of priding oneself in lyrical efforts first and foremost (a trait rarely found amongst newer emcees searching for a quick cash grab), Jon Connor’s ascent has been steady, albeit slow. A shining symbol of the acclaim garnered from a skilled and determined work ethic, his unpredicted rise has brought light to the tough grind fostered in his hometown, Michigan’s criminally impoverished city of Flint. With the watchful eye of the public turned his way, Unconscious State is Jon Connor’s latest attempt to further the traction he’s gained thus far.

While he hasn’t switched up the aggression he’s come to be revered for, Unconscious State is a change of pace from Jon Connor’s high standard for providing substance. On the brash “25:17,” he explains why perhaps he’s entitled to let loose this time around, telling listeners, “I’m from where Rap niggas don’t blow up / Old niggas don’t grow up / Fast money done slowed up / Niggas die, police don’t show up...” and “I don’t do it for the trophy shit, I do it for the glory / I’m a Fli City survivor, I survived to tell our story...” Celebrating the spoils of fame, “The Sarah Song” shows appreciation for groupies lacking discernment, a topic recycled as he aligns himself with Hip Hop's party animal Danny Brown on the turned up “Vodka & Weed.”

Focused mainly on impressing newcomers rather than catering to those already in the know, Jon Connor spends much of Unconscious State flexing his ability to ride tracks. “Michigan $#!*” features his Detroit neighbor Royce Da 5’9, as the two impressively run through rhyme patterns in rapid fire succession. And the Midwest flow reigns even greater on the Freddie Gibbs assisted “F’N Right,” emphasizing technique where words fall short of making a statement. “When I Was Young” (featuring Chris Webby & Smoke DZA) is more thoughtful, as is the cliché Talib Kweli collaboration “Rise Up,” both doing just a bit to balance out the lighter material scattered throughout the project.

Unconscious State reflects both growth and regression for Jon Connor, its vague title suggesting the self appointed “People’s Rapper” was less inspired to take on that responsibility here. Though “2 Week Notice” continues his prophecy as an ode to griping with a corporate day job, filler such as the Maybach Music Group homage “Let Us Pray” is found in abundance. Despite his adequate performance entertaining, Jon Connor’s experiment with fitting in where he usually stands out is taken as a sacrifice of his artistry in the chase for recognition.

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38 Comments

  • Sam

    Best XXL Freshman by far

  • Randy

    Great Album Shows That Jon Conner Has Alot Of Talent And He Will Do Big Things And Remember Hes The People Rapper Not The Critics Rapper.

  • Thomas

    Keep grinding JC... You gonna blow soon. Stay positive and true to yourself. Epic album.

  • /jb

    Solid effort but not as good as his last record. Reviewer was dead on w that "people's rapper being less inspired to take on that responsibility here" comment. Those claiming Connor is underrated are right but he's capable of giving us a full length w more substance--and cohesivensess--than this.

  • zachaeriah

    I don't know where to start with this guy, is this the record for it? I see constant freestyles and tracks but I'm minimalist so it's extremely distracting.

  • TRE

    Ace Hood is not as bad i thought he would be. He also seems to get better with each album. still nothing special but he doesnt deserve as much hate as he gets. 7/10.

  • Anonymous

    conner fan. it believe this is a fair review. no complaints.

  • banannaz

    http://www.hulkshare.com/Banannaz Production Credits: Red Cafe, Chinx Drugz, Kid Ink & More..............

  • banannaz

    http://www.hulkshare.com/Banannaz Production Credits: Red Cafe, Chinx Drugz, Kid Ink & More......

  • booz

    really good music. always delivering

  • cody

    this guy is underrated. this is hip hop. i bought this album a couple of times just to give it to people who listen to shit just to show them there is good music out..

  • MC

    This review doesn't do this album justice. It's 22 tracks long and other than 25:17 and a brief mention of Rise Up, it doesn't even touch on any of the best tracks. Under Oath, In My Sleep, Running Away, American Pie, and of course the fantastic Outro are all absolutely fantastic. The reviewer needs to listen to this album a few more times. All of the album's brilliance may not come out on the first listen or two, but this album is fantastic, and the review reads like someone halfheartedly breezed through the album once or twice.

    • Tex6

      I agree, HHDX are all over the dicks of the big names in rap... JC is a guy you have to listen to a couple of times... he goes hard on every tack and eavery ft he does, never dissapoints

  • @lpha

    I WORK FOR A GOVERNMENT SPECIAL INTEREST CORPORATION, MY WORKFORCE AND I GET PAID TO COMMENT ON WEBSITES THAT SWAY CULTURAL, POLITICAL AND SENSITIVE MATTERS REGARDING PUBLIC OPINION. WE CREATE ALIASES AND ARE GIVEN THE TASK TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF CONFUSION AMONG THE FORUMS OF MANY WEBSITES TO PREVENT THE PUBLIC FROM EXPRESSING, INSPIRING AND ULTIMATELY CONGREGATING. I DON'T WANT TO DO IT ANY MORE. THEY WILL FIND ME SO DON'T LET THIS BE IN VAIN. TELL YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS. AND MARCH UPON THOSE WHO OPPRESS YOU AS ONE.

  • sam snead

    The Freddie Gibbs and Royce collabs are interesting, other than that nothing really stands out. I'm not a huge Freddie Gibbs but Flint MI & Gary Indiana have always reminded me of each other. 3.5/5.0

  • Anonymous

    this is a five guys

  • Anonymous

    Phenomenal; there's some nice melodic tracks and quite a few Bangers on here, even with a little filler on the Album 4.2/10!!

  • Tex6

    I diden't have the chance to listen to this album but i'm a big JC fan so I know that it won't dissapoint HHDX just gave it a shit review cause they ride lil whine dick...

  • Speaking Real Words

    Beyond tired with the fact dude releases 13 albums a year, and none of them have ALBUM-quality. I rode so hard for J.C. in 2010 and 2011, I'm losing all faith.

  • Anonymous

    "At times he sacrifices artistry in the chase for recognition" - at this point he's gonna have to, he deserves a bigger audience. He's one of the best mc's on the come up, but we've been saying that for too long now

  • Anonymous

    This album deserves 4.0/5, at least.

  • henry

    hiphopdx always gives really good albums bad reviews and like lil wayne shit good reviews fuck this website

    • Dr. Christian Troy

      The last 3 Lil Wayne albums albums have lower or equal ratings to this one. Research before making absurd statements. As for Jon Connor, this is alright. Not the best thing in the world nor is it the worst. It's not like they shit all over this album. Also it's just a review. Not a huge deal.

    • Yup

      Sorta makes me want to go off bad reviews

  • rraaak

    good job mr connor, hoped for a mickey wallace verse on there, but nothing.. good music tho

  • Detroit what

    This guy is fucking dope fuck big sean all eyes should be on connor real hip hop insane bars

    • fgdsg

      i agree man him elzhi and royce ARE DETROIT. dizzy wright not far behind though. fuck big sean and sell out kendrick lamar

  • georgel

    Someone said how good this guy is so i listened and i wonder what they were thinking. hes not bad but i dont see the hype and i just am not into his rhymes or flow. some people just dont have what it takes to be interesting and they dont stand out. talib kweli was always this way despite being a good lyricist he is straight up boring. joe budden i never understood the hype behind his music either. not even getting this one free, back to listening to joey badass,childish gambino,eminem,and other stuff that isnt boring.

    • Dr. Christian Troy

      @bob Or someone has a different opinion. Seriously it's just a difference in music. Not like he said he hates the Jews or something. Seriously no need to get all pissy.

    • bob

      your a fuckin idiot. connor is one of the dopest upcoming artist in the game hands down. and joe budden? fuckin dope are you serious? they're both real rap. i will agree budden's "no love lost" was a bit mainstream but better than joey badass, that dude is boring to listenin to, and gambino?! stick to comedy