Jimmy Carter of the XXXIX Empire – Jimmy

Reviewed by: Red Sweeny

Evolution Music Press

June 25, 2018

Using the recorded arts as a vessel to unleash your alter-ego, exploring your emotions and thoughts via music and lyricism is the ultimate escape and closure. “Jimmy” is the latest release from Jimmy Carter of the XXXIX Empire, a twelve song exploration of the character and personality of Jimmy Carter. Used as a “Catalyst for my Dark Side”, Jimmy Carter represents the evil, the negative, and the humorist of Malachi Navi Wahy, as he travels deep into his psyche to reveal all his inner workings. The result is high quality, Lo-Fi Underground Gold Tooth Rap, utilizing fast rhymes, deep pulsating beats, and thematic songs which relate to most listeners. This album is set as a concept album, the second half of Malachi Navi Wahy presents: Conscience + Ego.

Jimmy opens with “Master Bait”, an exposition into the character we are about to be introduced to. A fast-paced rap with a steady, deliberate pacing highlighted by an over-toned sample creates an eerie presence as the listener walks into the room already haunted by Jimmy Carter. “I’m here to open up, and embrace”, the troubled waters are rife with the many negative emotions and apprehensions of our young star dealing with his surroundings. “I’m the devil, I’m the devil”, a paradoxical reference to the Sun King persona captured by previous releases.

Creating a haunted presence, “Strong Style” unleashes the fight in Jimmy Carter. Pronouncing himself as the Shinsuke Nakamura of style, Jimmy Carter asserts his hip-hop capacity in this track as the industrial influenced rhythms carry out the narrative of the dominance theme. If you don’t know who Shinsuke Nakamura is, look it up, the reference will be clear. “The team that be on stage during your shows be your insecurity blankets, Identity imposters for your anguished”, Jimmy Carter declares he is the one to steal the show and possibly save it. “You haven’t heard such vibrations in a long while, or ever”, the confidence behind the lyricism to drive the beats needed to be the “Strong Style”.

Another of the many highlight tracks on “Jimmy” is “Lo-Key Lo-Fi”. This gem unfolds with the pulsating percussion and revolving synths which build tension that challenges and disturbs the listener. With the rhymes being dropped with lightning-fast accuracy, this track becomes a marathon for the attention, only to resolve into a declaration of the weed influenced elements which inspire Jimmy to write with wordsmith abilities. The degree of talent required to pull off a track like this is normally reserved for the major label elite which has had years of training and development, but with Jimmy, the words seem to flow seamlessly questioning his future in the indie leagues.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album, as we get to know the dark side of Malachi Navi Wahy. This being the second part of his tale, or the antithetical balance of a troubled artist looking to make sense of the dark elements in the human condition. By making this journey Jimmy Carter is the modern author tackling large than life subject matter while maintaining his artistic roots and street credibility. The production values on “Jimmy” are surprisingly well-executed, the mixes are balanced with all frequencies comfortable within their element while blending together to stay harmonious. Although there may not be any definitive lead single from this album to sell to radio or publishing, this album is, however, a little more than just a vanity project and should be regarded as a complete piece to accompany Conscience + Ego.