Jeremiah Silva, also known by his stage names JLAMONE, O.E and D.J MISSA, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur. He was born in Fall River Massachusetts and was raised in Harlem, New York. Quick-witted satisfaction is what makes rapper JLAMONE such an impressive artist, the medium in which he truly shines and which he has carried out across the songs I found on his website. Each track signals the immediate thrill of 16 bars of pure colorful rhymes.
Even when the punchlines land where you least them, it’s impossible to turn away. There’s a certain exuberant commitment to the delivery, and that voice, which sounds pinched yet fully possessed. Listening to JLAMONE is a compulsive act.
These qualities seem like telling indicators of a new rap star on the rise. The track “Gospel” in many ways gets close to the essential JLAMONE appeal, perhaps surprisingly for a track focused on worship. It trades in attempts at being a blockbuster project for some deep spiritual moments, and there is something refreshingly unusual in all of this.
There is a massive, jangly guitar-driven beat, and even phrases taken from a prayer. JLAMONE entertains us because he understands the source of what he’s doing, and where his inspiration is coming from.
His call to the people to rise and be a light in this dark world is timely and yet timeless. This track could influence you to examine your life and convicts you of your shiftlessness in your faith but then inspires you to do more.
I don’t know if JLAMONE can generally be called a Christian or Gospel rapper, or if this is a one-off plea, as this is the first lyrically committed song of his that I have heard so far, but I’m sure this song may just be the spark that many Christians need to reignite the embers in their soul – “The Lord gave me life, mom gave me birth, dad told me what I’m worth on God’s green earth.”
JLAMONE paints pictures with his lyrics and just has something about him that makes you connect. He gets into details about his life, his struggles and victories and how we should feel blessed to be able to worship.
I think that JLAMONE brings a new flavor that is sure to appeal to all who like outspoken diversity and creativity in the genre. “Gospel”‘ showcases his ability to catch your attention with confessional and hope-filled lyrics.