Harare, Zimbabwe- born and London-based artist Mark Johnes is back with a brand new track entitled “Young Black Father”. The rapper who has been garnering critical acclaim with his track “Static Change”, once again proves his lyrical skills and the fact that he does not trade words of fluff and flossing. Johnes is rapper of substance and attitude.
He has created a track reflecting the times we live in – about growing up, taking responsibility and becoming a father at 17, as well as the consequences that follow. Though forged in simple lyrics and straightforward messages, this is still for listeners brave enough to keep their ears open and absorb multiple listens, so the depth and beauty will slowly begin to unfold and reveal itself.
Like all of Mark Johnes material this single belongs to a newer, complex breed of hip-hop that requires attention because beyond the lyrics the production is organically sublime.
This is real hip-hop that should speak to the masses, instead o the junk that most labels are putting out. Mark Johnes is not conventional or a puppet for labels to pimp out. He is a revolutionary artist in his own right that defies the blasé and systematic entertainment world of bling bling rap music.
Listening to his music you will learn to respect his views and the messages that he puts into all of the music he releases. Extremely intelligent, lyrical, and musically talented, only an artist like Mark Johnes can make a track like “Young Black Father” stick.
On the surface Johnes’ music sounds almost relaxed, it seems like he freestyles everything. When you truly listen, you realize the mastery it takes to develop ideas and themes the way he does. Johnes makes what I would consider to be an international hip-hop style. This is some next level type stuff, which doesn’t target any music charts or Top40 placing.
On his previous efforts, and this one too, Mark Johnes has shown flashes of what could make him a truly exciting emcee to behold. Add that to the fact that he always seems to take the time to perfect his vision on his recordings. He crafts music that stays consistent, and flows, from front to back.
Artistically Mark Johnes never plods, never gets stuck, and refuses to rest in one place too long. This is the beauty of the structure of his capabilities – which joined to his concrete narrative style makes his music something to appreciate. Check out Mark Johnes on Soundcloud and Spotify.