So, you’ve seen some posts about movies on here, and a lot more about Video Games (I actually prefer the former over the latter, ironically enough)… but what about music? For me to say I like music like it’s groundbreaking would be like making the astute observation that the sun is very hot and you shouldn’t touch it. It’s something we all do time to time again but don’t talk about a whole lot. So, here’s a little ditty about a YouTube/Soundcloud artist that doesn’t have a whole lot of tracks out yet.
I think I should point out before all of this that my favorite genre of music is not rap. Yes, I like all types of music (yet another obvious observation), but I listen to rap the least. This doesn’t mean I hate it, however. Rap is interesting to me because it’s a genre that builds off of the fact that it’s loud, proud, typically has more rhymes in it than the stuff they read to you as a child and can be very offensive. If you were to cover a rap song as only a rock song, I don’t think it would quite work as well. Got it? Okay.
NakeyJakey, or Jakey (the name he’s chosen for his music), is a YouTube creator known for goofy tidbits about Video Games. He could be talking about Dark Souls while (literally) in bed, or even talking about nostalgic memories (like PS1 demo discs, a forgotten skateboarding game, and the like). While it would be a major understatement to say that a YouTube persona talking about Video Games is nothing new, it’s the style of Jakey’s work that makes listening to him talk about games all the more intriguing. Oh, and he also makes music.
Jakey currently has 11 tracks on Soundcloud, with 5 on Spotify. I’ll be talking mainly about these 5, although some of his older work on Soundcloud (and even YouTube) is notably impressive. The 5 tracks he has on Spotify are Cafeteria, South Dakota, Saintlike, Medium, and Moby Dick.
The song ‘Cafeteria’ is pretty impressive. Not for its lyrics (which aren’t terrible, but nothing you haven’t heard before), but in particular its instrumental. Jakey has created a pleasant sounding song with an incredibly creative arrangement of sounds at his disposal. The end result is a song that is a great blend of 90s’ sounds with modern day Electronic music. It also helps that Jakey isn’t that bad of a singer, too.
South Dakota is a subtle departure from Cafeteria in the fact that it’s a rap/trap song primarily. The lyrics, again, aren’t the most creative but still manage to be passable. The instrumental, again, is pretty good. It doesn’t have the 90s’ flair of the previous track, but I don’t think that would have worked on this track anyways. As for Jakey’s rapping, it’s audible and appropriately slow for the beat he’s been given. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite of Jakey’s current offerings, but I can hardly say it’s a ‘good’ track – it’s a great track.
My absolute favorite would have to be Saintlike. Here, Jakey mixes the slow nature of Cafeteria with the talented composition of South Dakota. The lyrics here have a very personal vibe to them, with a fair bit of originality to them. My only issue with the lyrics is that they have some references that require an explanation for people who haven’t been following Jakey since Day 1 (the references, in question, relate to his previous username). Despite that, Saintlike is a fantastic track that I’d very easily recommend to fans of electronic music who don’t care if the music they listen to has some F-Bombs.
Medium is the next track. This one is kind of an enigma to me. The lyrics are even more personal than Saintlike, but too much so for me to casually recommend this song to anyone who’s into similar music. The hook, especially, sounds bland if you have no clue what the context overall is. Disregarding the lyrics, the song has all the hallmarks of a Jakey song: decent production and sufficiently-done rapping. This song’s deep and mature themes make it easily one of Jakey’s best, but I can easily understand if it turns a fair amount of people away before they get past the opening.
Moby Dick is the final track here and it ranks up with Saintlike to me for Jakey’s best current track. While it’s a fairly standard song about heartbreak, there’s a notably personal vibe to it that makes it all the more engaging. Moreover, Jakey actually does some pretty good rapping here. It has a bit of its own style (that being, it’s very straightforward), but I personally don’t find anything wrong with it as the bars are pretty well written and flow together nicely. Once again, the production values here are decent and further prove that Jakey is a pretty good producer and whoever masters his tracks does a masterful job at it (awkward pun intended).
In conclusion, Jakey is a pretty good artist. I’m anticipating his next track. If Jakey does make an album, I’ll support it almost instantly. Even if I’m a very cynical person who knows nothing about music criticism (I’m writing this for fun), I can at least say I thoroughly enjoyed the tracks Jakey pumped out from late 2016 to 2017.