Run-D.M.C. had their gold chains and Adidas. Flavor Flav had his clock, Tupac had his "Thug Life" tattoo and Pigeon John has his fedora?! A rapper's style icon can say much about his performance and this L.A. rapper wears his heart on his head. As you'd expect, Pigeon John doesn't come out blazing on his debut album. Nor does he get particularly deep. He is the everyman, tripping over his "Highschool Reunion" and sweating over his girl problems. "Emily" is a pure emo lesson about getting a girl pregnant and feeling bad for cutting out on her, a lighter-weight version of "Sorry Miss Jackson." It's probably the most serious song on this collection of songs that, while not flippant, are certainly lighthearted. Even PJ's vocal delivery makes him sound like the sort of buddy you could have long talks with over a beer. A talented yet sensitive character who shows the slightest hint of an island accent, making him sound both extra musical and extra accessible. So when he raps, "Every word I write seals my fate/Losing every single one of my friends to date," on "Life Goes On" it's hard to believe he's serious. In fact, the lesson told by guest Abstract Rude pretty much certifies that the song is a fable rather than an autobiography. DJ Rhettmatic of the Beat Junkies offers up the two strongest beats on the album, with PJ himself producing a majority of the remainder. But his Average Joe stance matches his casual rhythms. John's biggest obstacle is himself. But isn't it that way with most of us. No wonder it's easy to relate.
Performance CreditsPigeon John Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Matt Mahaffey Strings,Drums
Mike Majett Bass
Midah 9 Vocals
Technical CreditsMoose Executive Producer,Cover Design
Milton Campbell Art Direction,Cover Design
Abstract Rude Composer
Chris James Engineer
Matt Mahaffey Composer,Producer
Pigeon John Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,beats
Great Jason Producer
DJ Rhettmatic Composer
R.O.C. Executive Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great Hip Hop! Pigeon John fuses Hip-Hop with an alternative edge and smooth lyrics. With production from Matt Mahaffey and DJ Rhettmatic, this is a "can't miss" album. Pigeon John deserves his name etched into the halls of hiphop history after this one.
This album is tight from start to finish. Great beats & rapping. Very original style.
Man, this hip hop is the best album I've heard in a while. Pigeon John's a tight rapper and he's flows like there's no tomorrow.