Last August I was blessed with an advanced copy of Jazzmyn Red’s “Writing HerStory” after securing a single for my project I was working on. As an avid supporter of independent artists in my area, I was already a fan of Jazzmyn based off her first mixtape, “Caught Red Handed”, and seeing her rock shows numerous times. However, the transition from the rugged, bar heavy emcee to the this current form of Jazzmyn Red has been a beautiful sight to hear.
Often times in Hip Hop women are objectified and there tends to be far too few positive female voices in our culture. This is where Jazzmyn Red steps in an has the potential to be this generations Lauryn Hill or Queen Latifah. Yes, those are two iconic names but trust me when I tell you, Jazzmyn Red possesses the finest attributes of the two with a heavy sprinkling of Gil Scott-Heron over the top.
Coming from a multi-cultural household, we hear Jazzmyn touch on the difficulties she has battled throughout life but her lows are also transformed into huge triumphs right before our ears. This album is a true piece of art; we get very insightful, uplifting records (“If I Had a Daughter” and “Positive Vibes Only”), yet she delivers powerful spoken word interludes and thought provoking records (Questionable Blackness, “Uncle Sam” and “Bound”) and still has the ability to smash us with pure bars (“Stay Grindin’, “Good Girl, Bad Attitude”).
As the Father to a bi-racial 3 year old daughter growing up and developing in this crazy world, I am more than excited to be able to play her this album and keep it stashed for when she can really appreciate it. My baby will face the same obstacles in her life that Jazzmyn speaks on and this is an album that is so needed on so many levels.
You would be doing yourself an injustice if you fail to let this one spin all the way through. On a scale of 1-10, I can’t even put a number on it because 10 is too low. I am beyond elated to see this album unveiled to the world, and even more excited to see where this project takes Jazzmyn Red!
“Writing HerStory” is available on all major retailers right now!!