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Job Woods EP Review

  Stone   2019/07/30

 


Gigi Lamayne has been hard at work since going independent. All the work has gone into reinventing herself and showing what she is known to be capable of doing. The Job Woods EP comes ahead of a planned album release. Even so, it feels more like a complete project than a collection of cut-aways.

In some way she admits that the label influence threw her into a bit of an identity crisis and that affected her style. Gigi herself is aware of this and what people thought of it, she attributes this to a need to delve into different sounds to explore a wider range of offerings. Only by going independent could she garner the strength to rebuild herself. She taps more into that young poet that used to write rhymes and spit them in class at school. She exudes more confidence throughout the project.

For an EP, it’s quite a generous offering, coming in at a total of ten tracks. The skit n the intro explains quite a lot on the thinking behind the EP and the journey Gigi is taking with her career. With the EP, Gigi aims at talking about social issues, not only from a female standpoint but she takes a holistic approach at what can be done to make things better. The name is a play at Job from the bible and Woods as in Tiger Woods, Gigi brought these together to represent a strong come-back, which is what she is planning on doing.

She gets right into it, addressing how tough the journey has been from the two labels she was signed to. She hints cryptically at some of the label practices that made her uncomfortable and eventually drove her to the point of venturing out on her own. She speaks about the ridicule she was subjected to and remind us all that artists are people too.

The list of features include an arsenal of Vernac rappers including Zakwe, 25K, F-Eezy, Red Button, Duncan, Siya Shezi, Mickey M,  Syncane, with Youngsta CPT not being left behind. Most of the names featured make an appearance on Full Clip, which falls short of being impressive given what one might expect from the cats featured.

I’m in favour of this rollout where an EP drops ahead of an album instead of a single, more music for the fans. Stream the EP below.