In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s 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.
“Big Bad” — Jaywop
How We Found It
The distant, spacey ambience that opens “Big Bad” crept up on our SubmitHub inbox, an easygoing introduction to Jaywop’s melodic cadences and half-crooned choruses. Instrumentally soft-spoken but lyrically resolute, the track finds the Phoenix emcee plotting on a meteoric come up, breaking from the monotony of shift work and realizing his wild vision. “Big Bad” makes a strong case in and of itself.
Why We Like It
There’s something super compelling about “Big Bad,” and whilst it’s a complex fusion of ideas – the intricacies of the music, the tenor of Jaywop’s delivery – the designation itself might just be the key. It’s in the relentlessness of Jaywop’s grind, which sees him scheming on whips and private parking spots, putting in the hours away from home in the pursuit of happiness.
It’s a big call to make from Australia, but fealty to the grind has always struck me as a profoundly American ideal. Granted, I subscribe to a pretty harsh self-imposed schedule – if being my own boss has taught me anything, it’s that my boss is an asshole – but the idea of a brutal work ethic is enshrined in the pervasive American Dream, a piece of fiction more enduring than similarly fanciful flights such as Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord Of The Rings.
It feels as though Jaywop knows as much. There’s not much he’s willing to leave to chance, and a telling admission in the chorus – that he’d do “anything to get to the top” – leans into those renegade tendencies. He knows “the revolution will not be televised,” but he’s seen upheaval with his own two eyes, bearing witness to the ways the game has changed. Even if he’s plotting on a salary, it’s not the kind of thing he’s willing to have bestowed upon him. Jaywop’s hunger pushes him to chase his own creative dreams by any means. He’s “climbing up ladders and tables,” finding footing in every crevice as a means to the top.
If “Big Bad” shows anything, it’s that Jaywop’s come-up isn’t tied to a blind belief in the virtues of hard work: it’s steeped in his resolute self-belief, one underwritten by the very talents he uses to toast his renegade run. “Big Bad” is the character, the creed and the method all in one.
From The Artist
Being ‘Big Bad’ is being undefeated from a mental standpoint. No matter how many times I lose or fall, when I wake up and look in the mirror, I still feel like the Biggest Baddest motherfucker in the world. That mindset is essential to being successful, keep pushing by any means.” – Jaywop for CentralSauce (2020)
More From The Artist
“Big Bad” is Jaywop’s second single of the new year, and his fourth overall – the man released his “Top 5 Freestyle” earlier this year, and both “Bitches” and “City Lights” dropped back in 2018. The latter was a single from his debut EP, The Cool Out, which was soon followed by his second effort, 2019’s 1217.
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