J-Zone – Peter Pan Syndrome Album Review
Wednesday August 28th 2013,
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There’s nothing like trying to “grow-up”, figuring out that being “mature” sucks and figuring out that maybe you weren’t such a screw-up after all. Such is the tale of J-Zone’s Peter Pan Syndrome, his timely return to rap following an extended period in the wilderness that is the “real world”. If you were a fan of the Old Maid Entertainment crew during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, you’ll be familiar with Zone’s dry sense of humor and love for ignorant rap, as well as ear for unorthodox samples and a razor-sharp chopping technique for this beats. It’s been nine years since he dropped his last solo project, and in the interim he’s learnt how to play drums, worked some shitty jobs and realized that the concept of “too old to rap” is some ol’ bullshucks.

Playing like an updated version of Ice Cube’s first couple of albums, Peter Pan Syndrome delivers a collection of skits, short songs and ig’nant alter egos (Chief Chinchilla and Swagmaster Bacon) to tell the tale of a rap fanatic in his mid-30’s who’s fed-up with the expectations of “polite society”. In some ways, J-Zone is rap’s answer to Fred Sanford – a grumpy, penny-pinching technophobe. He refuses to indulge in the modern day ritual of texting broads (“Gadget Hoes”), suggests that a quick spate of purse snatchings would be a valuable educational experience for recent New York transplants (“Trespasser”), attempts to pull a “slip and sue” at Whole Foods (“An Honest Day’s Robbery”) and vents frustration at shallow broads (“Black Weirdo”).

While it could be argued that it’s still possible to get married, buy a house and have bunch of rug rats without setting fire to all your old rap tapes, Zone’s observation that you’ll soon need a doctorate to sell fruit is really the key issue here. Why break your back working some dead-end job when you could be making rap albums and earning the same (minimum) wage? The addition of Zone’s drumming, whether live or sampled into one his ancient beat machines, give his tracks that extra crunch, while the wise-cracking approach to what are clearly serious issues for aging rap fans make this the most accomplished and entertaining project of his career.

Pre-order the tape or CD version here.

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Hard copies already sold out!

Comment by RigaTony 08.29.13 @

^They have the CD up on UGHH…

Comment by lou 08.29.13 @

The 7-song sampler on Zone’s Bandcamp is dope as hell

Comment by Larry Legend 08.29.13 @

Love this album.. he’s basically shitting on everyone who deserves it on this joint..

Comment by lex718 09.05.13 @

I finally listened to the album in the car on my way up to SF to go record shopping the other day and its pretty fuckin DOPE and I was really entertained!! I will say though, to fully appreciate this album you really need to listen to it from start to finish. Really glad Zone decided to come back and put out a new album. Nothin beats Music For Tu Madre from ’98/00 and Pimps Don’t Pay Taxes from ’02, but this is a nice new start. I hope he sticks around and I hope some MC’s hit him up for beats.

I got the Demo CD as well and all 5 songs are cool. Its crazy to think that was Zone back in ’93/94. Btw, did he call himself Infinite back then or somethin?

Comment by Wicked 09.06.13 @

* I meant to say Music For Tu Madre from ’98/99.

Comment by Wicked 09.06.13 @

I really need to get familiar…

Comment by oskamadison 09.06.13 @

i thought “$ick of bein rich” was better than Pimps. New album is great. Im bumping it now

Comment by PeterPan 09.08.13 @

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