In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“No, I’m Not Ok” — Jay-Way
How We Found It
“No, I’m Not Okay” packs heat on a pop-rock infused trap beat. The track juggles the emotional highs and lows of life, seeking balance, and ultimately finding freedom. Jay-Way is the writer and vocalist of the song. The producers are Dayme and Anton Göransson. It definitely has the energy we like to hear in our SubmitHub inbox.
Why We Like It
The video starts with sounds of a thunderstorm then immediately switches to Jay-Way tweaking in a laundromat horror movie music video set with an accompanying band. He’s dressed head to toe like a rockstar with a metal chain belt to complete the fit. The quick strum electric guitar comes in like Fall Out Boy circa 2005. Somehow this Dutch rapper rocker in this entire aesthetic seems to fit like leather pants on a big dude. That shit is tight! All jokes aside the visual and tone of “No, I’m Not Ok” just seems to work.
The energy of the opening explodes into the chorus as the electronic trap version of rock drums support Jay-Way’s intoxicating rock melody. He sings, “No I’m not okay, now I can’t wait for you to go away, now. Did anybody ask if you could stay, now?” He croons about his youthful toxic love in a relatable dismissiveness of a classic hurt me and I hurt you back exchange.
He transitions in the second verse to a sort of self-mantra. Jay-Way in the visual is sitting in the middle of the laundromat and seems to be spinning as he contemplates and sings, “You won’t take control. You won’t make me fold. Voices in my dome guard my heart and soul.” These lyrics feel like quintessential angsty rock rap versions of self-care. While not all of Jay-Way’s music has this type of genre fusion this tone seems to embody everything he is.
After the second iteration of the dynamic hook the song comes to a close. In the visual it is revealed (though it was hinted at throughout) that Jay-Way is just creating this world in his head as he is alone in the laundromat waiting for his cycle to finish. He starts to take out his laundry as the credits roll through quite the clever and comedic ending. This proves Jay-Way is as goofy as he is a daring and genre bending artist whose influence is clearly wide ranging. This track is unquestionably compelling.
From The Artist
“[I’m a combination of] Lil Wayne, Linkin Park, and Avril Lavigne.” – Jay-Way for CentralSauce (2020)
More From Jay-Way
Amsterdam bred Jay-Way has been dropping music since 2015. While all his tracks and projects feel confident and focused with his new genre fusing sound he has elevated to full bred standout. “No, I’m Not Ok” is the title of a full 7 track project you can listen to here. You can also follow Jay-Way on Instagram and Twitter.
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