Jered Sanders Keeps the Music Coming
Posted May 30, 2017
By DwayneLacy_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Jered Sanders, signed to Bizzle's God Over Money label, released Nobody Famous earlier this year, which ironically garnered him even more attention. He has released a lot of music in the last few years, backed by his raw hip-hop delivery. Now he graces us with a new mixtape, Verseatility, featuring him spitting over popular and obscure instrumentals. Thankfully the beats chosen represent Jered's delivery well.
"Time Tickin" hits just right lyrically and beat-wise. It is one of those tracks that separates the real lyricists from those who benefit from an overproduced track or hide behind a cookie-cutter trap cadence. It is stripped down to a straight Boom Bap and horn sample. Spewing out metaphors, Jered goes hard about his calling (and being forgiven) on another song that bangs, "Guess Who's Bizzack." The motto "God over money" gets another boost while Jered's lyrical cadence flows naturally over the track.
"Bad and Boujee" has been a massive hit this year, but Jered and Bizzle flip its message on "Sinner Man." I usually try to stay away from the "they killed it better than the original artist" bit, especially in CHH. However, that is very true with "Sinner Man." Bizzle comes in when he says, "I never told your daughter to twerk something / Only told her that she's worth something / They hate it though / They don't want it on the radio..." Jered shows that he can get down over trap music, but he makes it clear that they are here to bring the hope of Christ. Towards the end, Jered kicks it into high gear with a rapid-fire delivery.
From girls who are lowering themselves to attract attention on social media to the Flint, Michigan water crisis, Jered hits on several things on "Better." This Missy Elliot track gets merked nicely. Insert the slowed down "Letter to AJ" and hear Jered pour his heart out to a friend who is locked up, carefully mixing empathy while briefly admonishing him to seek Christ. "My Views," another hip-hop head nodder, gives a good overview of this brother's mission, his outlook and his bars.
The Bottom Line: Go get Verseatility and indulge. There are a couple of tracks that could have been left out, and that is okay. Jered Sanders won't be slowed down until his mission is done.
Song to Download Now:
"Sinner Man" (Get the whole mixtape for free here.)
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