In many ways, the lack of widespread recognition of L.A. based Lyric Jones is an enigma. A top to bottom listen to her new collaborative effort with producer Nameless, GA$ MONEY — her first body of work since 2015’s Gems From The Cubicle — reveals a soundtrack for dreamers who like their bars sophisticated and refined.
In a sea of politics, bullshit, and gimmicks, Lyric Jones creates a consistent, relatable vibe that asserts itself across the 10-song affair (six, if you factor in the interludes), and humbly pits her as an underdog. Drenched with soulful, bouncy, electro bops, she runs through themes of money chasing, love, and the all-encompassing dread of adulting.
The album leads off with the bouncy “All Mine (The Mine),” an ode to the quest for funds, and a proclamation of self-worth. Accentuated by Blakk Soul’s silky-smooth chorus on the vocals, she reaffirms that her bars aren’t free — and even jokingly noted that the money-potential of stripping had her wishing that she could dance with a mask on, or follow up with a Men In Black mind erasure.
Over the video-game-esque sound effects on the punchy “Look My Way” sees her playing the female role alongside Blu and Vic Spencer. The only other rap feature comes from Detroit Hip Hop vet Guilty Simpson. The other guest spots were filled by singers Deion and Daniel “Sky High” McClain.
The first single “Adulting,” an ode to all of the things we wish we didn’t have to deal with as we get older (that received a visual treatment), is one of the project’s choice cuts.
“To get consistently paid still on my wishlist,” she spits on the project’s final track “All Sides.” The project itself is named after something that both Jones and Nameless were hustling to stack through the creation process — him as a truck driver and her as both an Uber and Lyft driver. It’s an aura that definitely permeates throughout, and though it may not break any new ground sonically, GA$ MONEY has an undeniable charm.
She may not have a command over the masses just yet but the music is a sentiment any creative can relate to — and Jones does a beautiful job turning into replay worthy jams with her unique rapping/singing cadence. You won’t find any commercial fare here, but as you navigate this digestible gem, you won’t miss it.