Columbus rapper Shad Jones has released her first LP “Walking Contradiction” to critical acclaim
Shad Jones knows who she is, even if her identity is hard for others to comprehend. The Columbus, OH born emcee is a proud member of the GLBT community, a Christian, and a hip hop artist that emphasizes positivity and growth. If that sounds like a walking contradiction, so be it.
Positivity isn’t just an image for Jones, it’s a lifestyle. “I like making music that gets people to think and grow as a person. The only way I could think to do that was gaining knowledge myself and putting what I’ve learned in action. I want people to get to know who they are so they can leave their mark or impact on the world in a positive way.”
With an aggressive and boisterous flow that instantly brings memories of Queen Latifah and MC Lyte – two of Jones’ biggest influences – “Walking Contradiction” is built on a bedrock of solid beats that run the gamut from old-school like “Make Some Noise,” to bombastic club-jams like “Grind Hard Daily” that will keep your head bobbing.
The first single, “Magnificent” sets the tone perfectly. Looping horns and staccato drum beats swagger out of your speakers and hold you hostage while Shad Jones and guest MC Drew Love perform linguistic surgery on your mind with effortless skill.
“I look up the meaning of words I use to make sure I have the right context when I write my lyrics. Magnificent as an adjective is noble or elevated and that’s how I want my music portrayed as. It’s not the typical mainstream rap we hear on the radio. The ideas and messages are meant to touch, move, & inspire others to be themselves as well as think outside the box in their lives”
The insights gained as a member of the GLBT community inform tracks like “P.O.V. (Point of View)” that preach love and tolerance, and challenge the idea that bigotry and religion are ever compatible.
“I always respect and have empathy towards others I may not agree with what people say and I’m not going to make my opinions law like some Christians and Catholics do. I didn’t come out until I was 19 thinking that I was going to hell because of something written in the bible. I felt isolated and alone…after I came out I understood what love of people was. I want to know all walks of life like Jesus did not everyone’s stories are the same and everyone deserves respect as well as being heard.”
“Walking Contradiction” was released independently in September and is available now at shadjones.bandcamp.com for $10.00.
Staff Press Release Writer
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