Joe Mohney is a young up and coming Hip Hop artist from Troy, Michigan. Joe was born on September 7th, to his mother “Ann” and father “Glenn”. Joe attended Barnard Elementary School, Baker Middle School, and Troy Athens High School. He grew up just as most of his peers do, and around the age of 13 discovered his interest in music as a business and a career.
Expanding upon his creations and releasing nearly 5 mixtapes before he hit 16, Joe learned the ropes of the business and figured out a marketing strategy. At 17 he released his first major Mixtape entitled “Intelligently High” which gathered over 30,000 impressions directly on the tape, as well as over 80,000 downloads on all of his affiliated websites. At the age of 18, Joe began discussions with agencies regarding Artist Developmental plans and he began his developmental career only a month after turning 18. His second mixtape release “Static Sounds” was released in November 2013.
Joe Mohney returns much more focused and older on this 2013 highly anticipated mixtape. This is perhaps the best project that Mohney has released thus far. The mixtape displays some fantastic production. Each track captivates the listener and almost all the beats are pitted perfectly against the lyrics to evoke strong emotions and convey disparate messages.
“Static Sounds” shows us a more mature, crafted lyricist. I was impressed with the multisyllabic rhyming and poetic wordplay. Don’t get it twisted, Mohney still showcases a touch of carefree immaturity, but he balances it with some thoughtful, well-conceived rhymes as well. This mixtape shows a ton of growth as an artist. His beats are better, while his lyrics and flow are much sharper. Checkout “Young Menace”, “Darth Vadar”, “We The Leading Pack”, “Shine In All The Light”, “Lifted” or “Rap Is Ours” to grasp what I’m talking about.
The guest features by T-Tone,M-Dub, Little A, Big Jay and A$AD also add a nice collective vibe to the mixtape. I’m not a fan of main stream hiphop, preferring the more alternative stuff (the Roots, Talib Kweli, Moss Def, etc.) but the production and overall story concept of “Static Sounds” is pretty interesting; the fact that this dude speaks what he feels, against beats that aren’t straight mainstream, speaks volumes.
Joe Mohney has definitely delivered on this one. This mixtape is everything a fan of hip hop could want. This album is different sonically as well. The feeling is dark, moody, deep, futuristic, and unique. Some people may not feel his lyrics because they only pay attention to his technique or explicitness, but Mohney drops lyrics for the mind about life, feelings and emotions etc that people can relate to.
All in all, “Static Sounds” is a terrific mixtape that features mature content, but don’t misinterpret this statement and assume the entire album showcases a more adult sound. It doesn’t entirely, because there are plenty of foul lines. Nevertheless, this is a very enjoyable mixtape that charts a talented young man’s will to rise within rap industry.
Experimental, and accessible at the same time, I would say Joe Mohney has more than lived up to all the hype. This mixtape should shoot his star well into orbit!
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