I’m listening to the album Turner Knows by 22 year old gravel voiced Jordan Turner. Jordan also known as Jay Tea is inspired by artists such as Potluck Technine and Eminem as well as his Wellington Homies and fellow rappers.
Turner Knows is a 23 track concept album of dark venomous Hip Hop with some great production and very tight technical flows.
Jordan has some serious street level life stories for a man of his age, having been in and out of jail for various offences. I can hear Jordan takes these feelings and emotions from his struggles and shares them on every song.
An album of this length takes a bit of digesting, but to me the length is a testament to the dedication and hard work that it obviously took to make an album like this. The music from producers Mozart and Twan and Turner himself is driven by 808 drum kits and dark ethereal synths and Jordan and guest rappers ride these bars beautifully.
The album was released in December 2013 and took nine months to make and believe it or not he has the next album in the pipe line. The lost scripts of Turner knows.
The song content is very emotive and heart felt and definitely angst ridden. The song Blessed to be here with the female chorus hook singing “In a constant war between the Lord and The Devil but I’m blessed to be here”. Is a good example of the concept running through most of the songs in this album. It would take a life time to analyse this lyrical content on these 23 tracks, but to sum it up; This is a well thought out concept album portraying a man going through struggle and dark places, clinging for dear life to scraps of positivity for the strength to keep going.
Jordan has been producing music since the age of 15 and although the album content was written after Jordan got out of prison, I feel like his time in prison was well spent learning how to face his inner demons and turn the chaos of life and all the negativity around him into well crafted works of Hip Hop music.
Another cool thing about this high quality album is that it’s completely home made and independent all the way down to the design printing and manufacture of the CD and album cover.
It’s safe to say that Jordan is an inspired artist and a talent to be reckoned with.
I think this album is excellent and will resonate with fans of dark lyrically technical Hip Hop. It's a huge accomplishment for Jordan and for an independant release.
I'm expecting big things from Jordan Turner in the future. So show some support and buy the album and if you buy a hardcopy cd you will also get a free download of the digital version and a signed laminate and scan code for more free downloads.
Click on the album art to go to the bandcamp page.