Long Island emcee John Jigg$ is making sure you put some respect on his name. Last year, we interviewed John after he’d dropped an epic album titled ‘Jigganometry‘ and now the lyrical craftsman is back – teaming up with Amityville producer BP for ‘The Madness‘.
Featuring similarly-skilled spitters Ras Kass, Shabaam Sahdeeq, A-F-R-O, King Magnetic, Diabolic and others, this is a fantastic offering. BP uses a range of different styles when delivering a comprehensive and complete soundscape, and Jigg$ always brings the fire in the booth. With an unassuming flow, the wordplay, flow and overall energy on the mic ensure the listener is switched on and gets a hefty dose of dope AF hip hop.
John Jigg$ has some kind of pen game, and he seems to sharpen it every time he spits. Matching bars with Ras Kass can be quite the Herculean task, yet Jigg$ gets it done and then some on ‘Fear of God‘. ‘Coffin or Urn‘ is a dope semi-Tarantino Western joint featuring scratches by DJ Stitches. The horns on ‘Where I’m From‘ are a celebration, quite uplifting as J double spits introspective tales of his youth then it’s a change of pace with ‘Killer‘, an anthem-esque track featuring Shabaam Sahdeeq spitting flames.
All in all, this is a sweet little album. 10 tracks clocking in a couple of minutes shy of the 30 minute mark, the only knock an old head like me has, is that I want more music. Jigg$ always drops quality music and The Madness is no exception. There are no skips, plenty of replay value – just wish it was 4 or 5 tracks and 15 minutes longer!!!
Bangers: Killer, Fear of God, Where I’m From, Coffin or Urn, Slang Original
Score: 8.5 / 10. Really high quality, underground hip hop. John Jigg$ is going from strength to strength as he goes head to head with some quality names to sharpen his game. BP crushed the production with that real street boom bap style, and the inclusion of scratching throughout the joint gives it that authenticity. Love this join and it’s had multiple spins. Peep it ASAP.