Lots of people say that Adam ruined everything for humans when he ate the apple. I mean if it wasn’t for him, then we’d be able to see the goods of anyone who we secretly lust over without feeling ashamed; we’d just be seeing them in all their glory. Then again if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have sh*t like Retro Jordans, and Gucci flip flops…ok maybe the flip flops but you get my drift. With his debut album, “I Ate The Apple” Jon Oh hopes to drive this point home by giving you his many perspectives on life.
The album starts out with the track “Hi Young World” which is a message to the youth. Basically explaining to them that they can acquire anything that their mind conceives, but to be careful as to how you obtain it, cause it can be costly. As the album plays on Jon Oh delves deeper into his message by explaining what gave him these ‘perspectives’; each song teaching a different lesson. For example, one of the highlights of the album, “Tut” is a drug-induced explanation of the passion behind his music; while telling you why you should find yours as well. Most of IATA is completed in this fashion; wrapping life lessons up in witty, intoxicated, soliloquies about his journey through life. He made sure to cover the whole spectrum as he dropped jewels about love, abandonment, drug abuse, even about the racial tension brewing around the country on the track “March To Zion”
“The media’ll make you wanna go and kill whites/ but that ain’t in my demeanor/its the evil they tryna channel”
By the end of the album, we find our dear narrator renouncing all of the vices he’s gained throughout the album in exchange for self-love. This album shapes up to be an interesting look into the transition of a street urchin turned backpack/street rapper. A few minutes short of an hour, by the end of it, you’ll easily run it back several times just to be sure you caught everything. You can stream IATA now on Tidal, Spotify, or buy it on iTunes and Google!