A film about Northwest hip-hop from 2016
Potato from J’Von is a EP of melancholy breakup music from a man misunderstood. He raps on one song, “she misses the old me,” in a laid-back flow sometimes reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar, delivering rambling talk-raps and meditations on race and relationships against a backdrop of off-kilter beats, handclaps, and finger snaps. These songs contain the voyeuristic thrill of reading love letters that aren’t written to you. These are the thoughts and feelings of a man at home alone, writing odes of solitude like “Seattle Girl” and “Soda Can” to someone who doesn’t even listen to his music and will never hear these songs. It’s such a treat that we get to.