Rise and shine for The WAKE UP, a blissed-out new EP from Trinidad Jame$ available for download below. The controversial rapper had a turbulent 2014, after being dropped by Def Jam in the summer and, in his own words, left with "no money." The WAKE UP puts all that firmly in the past, and looks out over the wide open horizon of 2015 with a cold, hard stare. Opening instrumental "Lost In My Dreams" feels like smoke clearing, before the EP hits its emotional peak with "Get Dre$$ed" (life ain't shit, like the rap game/ so my nigga, why you rapping?...I just wanna burn through the flames/and live through the ashes) and its climax with the confrontational closer, "HAVE A Good Day." Don't sleep: as Jame$ says at the very end of the EP, let the real begin.
January 03, 2015