J. Thaddeus at his best with new mixtape My Best Is Yet To Come [Review]
Calgary, AB – With a mixtape titled My Best Is Yet To Come, one might assume that Jude Nabigambo, better known by his stage name J. Thaddeus, wouldn’t reach his full potential in this latest release. But the local Oh No! Entertainment Music Group rapper manages to distinguish himself from other MCs with his experimental sound, pop culture-spiked raps, and evident passion for fighting. That’s right—Thaddeus is a fighter, not a lover. And for those of you who didn’t catch it, the cocky name choice is a direct reference to one of the 12 apostles of Jesus— Jude the Apostle, who is often referred to as Jude or Judas Thaddeus. He was the bad-ass one.
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The extensive 23-track tape is an explosion of fresh new sounds that includes remixes of popular radio hits, intros and outros that sample the renowned boxer Mike Tyson (who is evidently one of Thaddeus’ idols) and a tight-rhymed ode to Charlie Sheen titled “W.I.N.N.I.N.G.” The tape starts out with a Mike Tyson intro that makes a blatant parallel between boxing and rapping: “Once I go into the ring, no one can beat me.”
The third track, “Dreams” features fellow Calgarian rapper A.gizzle and samples a sped-up version of Adele’s “Someone Like You”—that’s right, it’s a chipmunk Adele and it’s fantastic.
The tape slows down for two old school-style chill-out tracks titled “Welcome to Hamsterdam” and “Sunrise,” which are two of the tape’s best tunes. Midway through the mix, Thaddeus does his own spinoff of Bruno Mars’ “Mirror,” replacing Lil Wayne’s raps with his own inventive regret-ridden rhymes: “I’m having Snow White dreams like I’m Walt Disney. But when your money’s shorter than the seven dwarves, you can’t afford to hang a mirror up on your wall.”
In addition to collaborating with rappers Dele O, Kid Canada, A.Y.E and more, Jude links up with Oh No! Entertainment Music Group’s promotional manager Cash Bradshaw for a good portion of the tracks. The duo produces some of their finest collaborating in the track “Slumdog Millionaire,” which samples 9th Wonder’s experimental instrumental “Slumdog Millionaire.” Bradshaw and Thaddeus use provocative lyricism to talk about the struggles of the music industry: “On that road to success, I struggle to be the best.”
The mix winds down with a track that is appropriately titled “Young Knock Out Kid” that samples more Mike Tyson interview clippings—ego-driven declarations, enthusiastic assertions, and raw honesty. Thaddeus is taking on the hip-hop scene with an insatiable appetite and he is bringing his best. Check out the mixtape below and make sure you hit up J. Thaddeus’ official release party at The Yellow Nectarine (TYN) Lounge (815 – 8 Ave SW) in downtown Calgary on May 18 at 9 p.m.
Photo by EJ Ybañez Negre for 10 at 10 Hip-Hop Showcase