Putting on for your city is something timeless that rappers will take on, like Drake and the 6 or Jay Z with New York. Wohday Musik by Jakk Jo is all about that, putting on for the city where you are from. This city being New Orleans, Jakk is trying to follow in the footsteps of great NOLA rappers like Lil Wayne and Jay Electronica. Even if you haven’t heard of his name, he wants you to and won’t stop until it happens. Through the 14 tracks, Jakk is expressing the struggle and grind on the hard side of NOLA, a side that not everyone will get to see. It’s not all Mardi Gras and Jazz music down there. Jakk lets us in to his personal side of NOLA with first impressions taking us back to the mid 2000’s era of hip-hop when the south was really popping in the game.
Jakk sets up the tape nicely with the Nola Intro, setting the southern vibe with the echoing “gangsta” ringing through. The beat on the intro is clean, flowing together well, and a big highlight of what sounds like Jakk’s very own personal drum line holding it down in the back. The intro does its job and lets the listener know what they’re going to be in for the rest of the way: An ode to life in Jakk’s city.
Throughout the tape you can hear the influence Weezy might have had on a young Jakk growing up and studying the game. Jakk also has a flow and tone that slightly reminds me of Vince Staples which definitely isn’t a negative. The pride Jakk takes in his lifestyle and city is heavily emphasized with lines like “Have yo shit leaking gumbo” on “Datz how it Go” or “I’ma roll with Slim and Baby” On “Lawddd.” The latter here being one of the biggest highlights and standouts on Wohday Musik. Jakk’s swagger really lets loose on this banger, and you can’t help but vibe along right with him.
The biggest qualms with Wohday Musik are that at times the content feels too limited and short. Most of the tracks are as long or around the length as the listed intro, and while Jakk does a good job painting a picture of his life and the lives around him, there needs to be more time to paint that picture on certain tracks; otherwise it leaves an empty feeling or being cut short. Such tracks like “Tote my Gun,” or “In my City” all only feel like a sample of what could be a complete track. Jakk may have made these decisions because of the risk of over-saturating his overall theme as many of the tracks fall right into that line of the same material; rapping about the life and struggles of his home on every single track. The production doesn’t ever fall short though and in turn is a cohesive sounding tape. Each track creates an equal vibe and Jakk’s lyrics help emphasize that and flow right along with the music.
With his aggressive rapping style and passion for where he comes from, Jakk has the makings of a star on the rise. The potential to make the hip-hop sound in NOLA booming again might all lie right within Jakk Jo and his music. While the whole tape rolls through the same material and themes over and over, this was Jakk’s goal. Make an album highlighting his story and what he knows. Where he comes from. So from that standpoint, Jakk succeeded. At points the album feels rushed, and some tracks left incomplete. This is especially noticeable with the repeating themes throughout. All of these problems are common with mixtapes however, as you generally aren’t getting the same time spent as you would on an album. While not everyone will relate to this tape, Jakk Jo put his heart into Wohday Musik, and New Orleans should be proud of that.