“3000 Miles Away” is an EP by LATENIGHTJACE. The recording successfully taps into the artist’s deeper creative recesses. Lyrically, musically, and sonically, it is in a zone that many have scratched upon, have been close to uncovering, but haven’t quite explored. LATENIGHTJACE operates in a sonic space that allows the rapper to sound vintage, yet refreshingly original. It’s an EP with a new purpose, and innovative ideas with pristine execution.
“This may be my most experimental EP yet,” says the artist. “I worked with a few international producers on this tape. I even somehow got TheGoodPerry on an interlude. It still blows my mind that I was able to rap over his beat. Like I remember being in college, when him and Lil Yachty first blew up. Now he’s on my EP.”
To compare “3000 Miles Away” to what many of LATENIGHTJACE’s contemporaries are doing now, would be like comparing a painting to a sketch. There’s a sincerity to this artist that’s also satisfying. LATENIGHTJACE is open and transparent. He is strong, as both the master of melodies and as a touching songwriter.
LATENIGHTJACE’s raps are thoughtful—each lyric sound as if he actually mused upon what was being said. He raps on par with the quality of the production. And here the producers have fed our ears with exciting soundscapes. To call “3000 Miles Away” anything but excellent would be disingenuous. The excellence shines through from the first second to the closing notes.
I was glad to see this EP throw Hip-hop music into a new dimension, and only time will tell where the music goes from here. But what “3000 Miles Away” immediately accomplishes is transport listeners into a dimension of sound that truly feels unlike anything currently being created. The EP is only six tracks long, but like any trip, it feels good to leave your commonplace surroundings. “3000 Miles Away” sounds like music moving excitingly forward into the discovery zone.