If the 90’s could be reimagined and repackaged through a modern age, Javed would come the closest to making a time machine of sound and one of the dopest records to come out of hip-hop in a long time. The level of class that Javed reinvigorates into his music and which then, in turn creates a new contemporary level flow and style that is impossible to replicate, and even better to hear first hand.
His project Window II Your Soul is like jumping right back into the golden era of hip-hop where boom-bap reigned supreme and was the king of sound. Not only does Javed adapt this subsection to be his own, but he dominates the court and is a step above the competition. From the first opening self-titled track “Window II Your Soul” to the playful “N64(No Games),” Javed uses witty wordplay, clapping bass lines, and a focus on making each instrument feel unique and stand alone in the crowd of sound. While the first track is a sample of Madvillain, Javed still uses the instrumental to begin a hyping and uses a seguing motion into the first authentic track of Window II Your Soul, “Blindest Eyes.” Javed makes hip-hop approachable and something that anyone could hear and fall in love with. It was a style that seemed to almost disappear, but Javed makes sure that it stays better than ever.
Even moving on into the later tracks of Window II Your Soul, Javed continues with the same level of energy and classic style that he began with. Not only does Javed create a world of sound, but he invites the listener in and has authenticity behind his voice. As one of the later tracks, “Sweater” is a perfect example of being able to feel every lyric behind Javed and truly make Window II Your Soul transcend just being a collection of tracks but to actually feel like a journey through sound. Javed is a visionary in the craft and Window II Your Soul is a buried diamond in a rough of hip-hop.
The final track “Deadly Sins,” while short, is a strong personal recollection of his past life and what he can see in his future. Hip-hop is a universal bonding movement and Javed is a local leader of Pittsburgh but has the potential to branch out and make the United States his home. From his lyrical style, boom-bap revival, and prowess to succeed, Javed is an artist that needs to be under the spotlight.
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