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Jesse John – Man In The Mirror [Audio]

Prince Albert, SKJesse John recently teamed up with Saskatchewan’s beat-maker extraordinaire – Rayne Drop – to hit us with a Michael Jackson-sampled song of serious introspection titled “Man In The Mirror.”

Jesse has been on hiatus for a while, so he uses this song to reintroduce himself to his listeners. His prior M.O. was grimy street rap. But this joint takes a much more emotional route. I mean, you can flip MJ’s track however you want to. But at the end of the day, the whole “I’m starting with the man in the mirror/ I’m asking him to change his ways,” thing still rings true.

Jesse’s re-entering the scene with a serious stance on equality, pushing past the struggle, and working towards a hopeful future: “I see the future/ We’re still struggling now/ The government’s corrupt/ They steady running us down/ I’m sick of running around/ I want to help my people.” Check it out.

Jesse John - Man In The Mirror [Audio] -

Also, I just want to take a minute to shout out the homie Rayne Drop. One thing I’ve always loved about Rayne is his ability to take samples from those songs that EVERYONE knows, and flip them into completely unexpected beats. In this instance, Rayne takes arguably one of the most major pop tracks that ever happened, and turns it into a spacey cloud rap 808-laced track. I feel that.

Twitter: @JesseJohnMusic | @RayneGretzky

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