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5 September, 2006@12:00 am
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   By now, we all know that J-Zone has a pretty ill sense of humor.  From album to album, J-Zone has lit up our lives with witty and offbeat tales about everything from masturbating to sexing up underage girls. But even aside from his undeniable sense of humor lies a certain penchant for creating these beats that are all to his own. Ridiculous samples and thumping drums have become a trademark J-Zone staple over the years, which have catapulted Zone into his own category, sounding like no other.  For a while now, Zone has been teasing us with retirement from the mic for some time. So while never officially declaring that he has put down the mic, Zone instead gives us something innovative and just as offbeat as his previous projects - a soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist. The name of the instrumental project is one that only J-Zone can come up with…. To Love A Hooker.

   To Love A Hooker is an instrumental concept album of sorts.  Instead of allowing an emcee to tell you what’s going on, J-Zone allows the funk and hip hop littered beats to take you on this journey.  So what exactly is this soundtrack about? Well, it revolves around a main character named Kenny who is dealing with his wife leaving him and trying to find ways to cope. In a way only Zone can give it to you, Kenny deals with titty bars, pimps and, of course, a hooker love interest. Pretty interesting eh?

   What makes this interesting is how well J-Zone can tell a story simply with beats. When it’s time for Kenny to get his freak on, Zone gives you “Freak”, which oozes of hip hop blended with cheap porn.  “Raid!” features Zone’s trademark funk guitars rolling at a frantic pace encapsulating the commotion when a raid really takes place.  When a scuffle takes place, the vocal samples on “Beach Yo Ass” fit perfectly with snapping snares and flutes. Just to make things move smoothly, Zone allows a few vocal skits to keep things rolling. Even Sadat X finds his way into this hooker love story. It’s really nothing but J-Zone handling business as usual.

   When the story finally comes to a close, one will be quite satisfied with the results. Consider it an achievement for a producer to seamlessly tell a story without a single lyric. And while many of us look at this project as a teaser for another J-Zone vocal romp, we must be patient and understand that an ill mind like that of J-Zone’s needs to function in a certain capacity in order to keep giving us joints like “5 Star Hooptie” and “The Bum Bitch Ballad.” Hell, genius like that doesn’t happen overnight.

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