Written by Adam Darbyshire
This week I was lucky enough to tick off another of my bucket list artists, Jehst. A huge thank you to Bambambam Promotions for setting this up. For those that don’t know Jehst has been around for almost forever. He dropped his first EP way back in 2000 and has been consistently bringing out classic UK hip hop ever since. When he isn’t working on his own stuff you will find him featuring in the other UK hip hop projects pretty much year in year out. This is someone who has stuck to their initial plan, and has forged a career that was clear from day one.
His latest album ‘Billy Green Is Dead’ has taken quite an intense look at politics and the running of the world over the last half century. Going as far back as JFK. With classic beats, almost all of which are underlain with some sort of siren sounds you get the real sense of a build up which complements the bars in each song perfectly. Billy Green is something of a mystery. I’m unsure if this is Jehst creating another character for his form of method acting persona, or is based on a real person, or even a selection of people throughout history, this creation is just another talent that Jehst has. He has pulled in his fans to care about Billy without anyone really finding out anything about him. All of the songs are based around Billy, but the content is more about the world around him.
He recently took his nationwide tour to Manchester, supported by Children of Zeus and Confucius MC. The crowd could not be disappointed by any of the performances. Children of Zeus, both locally and now nationally recognised, put on a flawless set. Hitting every note and beat as if their records were being played straight off the tape. These guys impress me every time I hear or see them. Confucius followed with a stellar performance as well. He played a few of his own tracks, and got the crowd riled up for the main man Jehst.
Confuscius joined Jehst on stage to fill in the other artist sections of the songs, two of which were his own. The set was complemented by two projectors, playing the videos to the songs. I always love when artists do this. You get to see how well they know their tracks, how good their timing is etc. Jehst did not disappoint. Every time I looked at the screen, that Jehst was mouthing the words I was hearing. His timing was perfect. His stage presence and ability to put across the vibe of each song was equally impressive. A secret star of the show though was his DJ. Chris P Cuts looked like he was having the time of his life. Building each track in front of us, with the biggest smile when they all fell into place. He had a great time up there. Jehst and all involved did not disappoint.
You can check out ‘So Far To Go’ by Jehst below. If you get a chance to see him, snap that opportunity up!