The rapper and producer of hip hop known as J-Merk has released his latest LP album, “Born Dead.” The full-length record has been proudly published on the Just-Us Music independent label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. It comprises approximately 40 minutes of heavy-hitting urban poetry and powerful back beats in 13 original tracks. In addition to the rhymes of J-Merk, himself, “Born Dead” also features the talents of popular Swedish producer BBZ Darney. Neck-deep in groove, socially poignant and strikingly well-written, “Born Dead” by J-Merk is sure to be remembered as one of the most important indie rap releases of 2015. Asked to cite some main musical influences, J-Merk writes that his music is informed by “The ’60s and ’70s eras of art, and the late ’90s / early-2000s era of music – specifically 2001. Lots of amazing rap albums and metal albums were released that year, records that had a major impact. Hip hop and heavy metal influenced me, too, as well as politics and also pop culture.”The remarkably immersive, extremely well-orchestrated music of “Born Dead” creates a kaleidoscopic backdrop against which J-Merk delivers his lines. This swirling blend of music and samples forms a large part of the undeniable draw of “Born Dead,” a record which comes out of the gate swinging and doesn’t let up. Still, it is the razor-sharp writing and seemingly perfect flow of J-Merk’s rap which truly steals the limelight. Commenting on the themes of his new LP, J-Merk writes, “This album is conceptual. It’s about life in a modern age, an age ruled by manipulation via TV, the radio, and smart phones. People walk the streets like zombies without communicating with each other … Science failed us in a way. People are connected more than ever, yet we can’t even have conversations with people over the phone, ha ha!” Like every other phrase painstakingly crafted to a ‘T’ on his new album, the title is also significant. “It’s like we are all born dead now,” writes the artist, invoking the name of his record, “every day living to die. [My album’s] about being numb and living with hurt and pain and moving on. It’s about life and culture in today’s society.” While a great many hip-hop mixtapes are dropped to which a broad variety of people do not necessarily relate, “Born Dead” speaks a message fans of any genre can understand, a record in which anybody can find personal meaning. J-Merk writes, “Many people have been let down by our government, or by people they trust. It’s an album about being born dead in today’s society – a wasteland almost, ha ha. I make music for all the people in the world without a voice or artistic ability to express themselves. I make music for the voiceless people of our generation.”
J-Merk is a 25-year-old rap artist born and raised in Chicago. He has been writing rap lyrics since the age of 12 and producing music in the studio since the age of 15. Since that time he has worked with multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated producers, as well as with many talented and established rap artists from all over the world. His debut EP appeared in 2012. “Born Dead” is only one of several official releases slated to drop from J-Merk in 2015.
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Underground hiphop: “sure to be remembered as one of the most important indie rap releases of 2015”
GetYourBuzzUp: “listened to the album for weeks and still am picking apart the lyrics”
MondoTunes: “it is the razor-sharp writing and seemingly perfect flow of J-Merk’s rap which truly steals the limelight”
CratesOfJr: “creating a unique sound, skill display and thought-provoking movement of Hip Hop”