Disclaimer: All views presented in this review are those of the reviewer and not of DJ Wade-O.
Over the past few years, entertainment has become overwhelming. Whatever form you choose to indulge in, it is seemingly impossible to consume it all. When I was in high school, I felt like I knew everything there was to know about hip-hop. I knew the artists, their albums, their singles, etc. When I started to focus on CHH, it was the same thing. The only difference was it was easier to keep track of because there were less artists.
It’s been around 10 years since I started listening to CHH, and over that time period, CHH has grown and changed in ways I would have never imagined. Now CHH is like every other form of entertainment, as it seems to be impossible to follow because there are so many artists. It’s not just quantity, it is quality. There are a lot of good artists within CHH.
That leads me to Jered Sanders. To be honest, I had never heard of him until his record was sent to me. I had absolutely no expectations going into his newest record, Nobody Famous. The reason why is because he got lost in all that is music and the CHH genre. I quickly realized that I have been missing out on some great music. This realization struck me about halfway through the opening track, “Sum’n Good’s Gonna Happen.”
For people that are like me and are not familiar with Jered Sanders – this is a great introduction. You get to hear his strong lyrical ability and his effortless delivery. It is also a great introduction for the record. Jered Sanders’ performance on this record is just a precursor for what is to come from him. It also sets the tone musically and with the content.
Jered Sanders performance on Nobody Famous was a very impressive one. He raps with the poise and confidence of a veteran, even though he’s relatively new to CHH. This maturity can be attributed to his years of rapping before he entered CHH. This experience shows up in his delivery, as it is smooth and captivating. An example of this can be found on the title track “Nobody Famous” featuring Dee Black. Here, Jered’s wordplay is on full display. He weaves through words, punch lines and metaphors with a beautiful ease.
After each verse, you try and digest what was just presented to you, and after the track you want to hear it again to catch what you missed. Jered also showed himself to be a versatile rapper on this album. He was constantly switching his flow, delivery and tone. This is something that is not common with newer artists, however, this is an ability that Jered has mastered. This trend is something you will catch on to early in the album and admire by the end of it.
Another great element of Nobody Famous is the content. This is another area where Jered got to show off his artistry. The content is a perfect blend of theology and real life. There are times when Jered speaks frankly about certain aspects in life, like on the track “Powin Up”. Then there are other times when he brings a very clear biblical perspective, like on the track “Jesus Cares”. The beautiful part about the message is that it is for everyone. It’s hard to cover as much ground as he did and to do it with the confidence that he did. Some vets in CHH could take pointers from Jered on that one.
Throughout this record I was taken by his presence. Jered Sanders is a great emcee and he knows it. That frees him when he’s rapping and allows him a more commanding presence that draws you in as a listener and creates a connection. His wordplay is jaw dropping at times and his ambition is inspiring. He gives you everything on Nobody Famous and it’s evident by the end of the record. If this is any indication of the future, Jered Sanders will most definitely be a star.