REVIEW | JACKSON TURNER (@jacksonturnermc) ‘BARE KNUCKLE SOUL’

JACKSON TURNERNYC’s act­ive Jack­son Turn­er who now resides in China on and off is some­thing truly spe­cial. For all the hip hop heads who want to know of a extremely hard work­ing hip hop artist, get listen­ing! Turn­er has man­aged to pull off a nicely pack­aged new hip hop album ‘Bare Knuckle Soul’ which har­bours the gen­res of hip hop, boom bap, trap, reg­gae and soul. Using a steady boun­cy hip hop lyr­i­cism to accom­pany a vari­ety of influ­ences in music; Turn­er aston­ish­ingly wraps all of these moods and music tex­tures togeth­er and cre­ates a real treat for listen­ers who are into these influ­ences. And listen­ers into what is pre­dom­in­antly an accur­ate reflec­tion of the birth of under­ground hip hop lyr­i­cism while def­in­itely approv­ingly talk­ing about every­day top­ics in a hyp­not­ic and chilled way. This is an album you can both show to your friends to prove you’re undeni­ably cool and also the album you can show to your grand­mother when she asks what you’ve been doing over Christ­mas!

Each song cap­tures the par­tial essence of what for me hip hop should be about, relax­a­tion and reflec­tion. Yes there is a also lot of energy in vari­ous forms of high pas­sion, anger and scep­ti­cism that hip hop gen­er­ally addresses nicely but as a keen hip hop listen­er I feel when the mood of reflec­tion and relax­a­tion are stim­u­lated in a new hip hop album I become like a mag­net to that album. It is an art and a skill to reflect of struggles and life top­ics while sooth­ing your listen­ers too. Just like in the fam­ous early Grand­mas­ter flash hip hop track,’ The Mes­sage’, ‘the world is like a jungle some­times i won­der how i keep from going under’ it is pre­dom­in­antly a self-sooth­ing track that soothes and calms oth­ers. This is what I feel Turn­er excels in; get­ting a mes­sage across while sooth­ing people and really look­ing after his respons­ive and delighted listen­ers.

The album is released by TMG, China’s biggest record label. Not to men­tion, Turn­er speaks flu­ent Chinese and has also released songs in Man­dar­in that he has writ­ten. He is one to watch out for, he’s keep­ing the momentum and giv­ing us an album we need!

I am Hip Hop team look for­ward to the many more suc­cesses of Turn­er and advise tun­ing in and find­ing your own reas­ons to love this album!

Bare Knuckle Soul is out now on Spo­ti­fy  And iTun­es
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Lana Bell

Lana Bell

Author / Poetry Edit­or at I Am Hip-Hop 
Lana Bell, is an eight­een year old Lon­don­er who is based in Bris­tol. She is an emer­ging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Edit­or for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writ­ing for a dec­ade; though she has only been per­form­ing on from the age of fif­teen. She got into Hip-Hop music at four­teen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the out­let that Hip-Hop music offered her.

About Lana Bell

Lana Bell
Lana Bell, is an eighteen year old Londoner who is based in Bristol. She is an emerging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Editor for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writing for a decade; though she has only been performing on from the age of fifteen. She got into Hip-Hop music at fourteen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the outlet that Hip-Hop music offered her.