On March 3rd, Toronto hip-hop artist and member of the Prime Boys, Jay Whiss released his first studio album, ‘Peace of Mind’. After finding his way into the spotlight along side Donnie and Jimmy Prime, Whiss has crafted a solo album dedicated to the depths of his thoughts. This album is engaging, vulnerable and organic. Whiss gives his listeners an unguarded view of his world with creative lyricism and an eliciting sound. ‘Peace of Mind’ features 10 songs with notable collabs like Murda Beatz and Donnie from the Prime Boys.
Previously released in 2019, ‘Dark Cloud’, is cushioned in the context of the track list. With tribute to his hometown, Toronto, Whiss eludes to the turmoil that came with his success. The following song, ‘Please’, is produced by his long-time friend Murda Beatz. The brilliant production behind this track continues a depiction of turbulence with a melancholic guitar and a plea for peace. Whiss gets real with his audience with the final bars, discussing betrayal on the beat switch.
‘Valet’, another single released in 2019, features Puffy L’z and Murda Beatz. The cadence in this one has a vibe to it, showing off the facets of Whiss’ sound. ‘Back Track’ follows, drawing listeners into quieter thoughts. The guitar chords have no trouble setting the reminiscent tone of the track. Here, we get a taste of Whiss’ character on display. Organic and authentic, Whiss takes a moment to express his gratitude.
With edgier tracks like ‘Know Right’, the dangerous beat is intimidating. Certain in himself, Whiss expresses his confidence in his capabilities. In ‘Either Way’, Whiss slows it down. He tells the story of his come up, using the fluidity of the beat to emphasize his ever-changing world. ‘Peace of Mind’ ends with a song that encapsulates the album in its entirety called ‘Mind In A Maze’. This track is almost therapeutic in its expression, allowing listeners to understand the release music has allowed this artist.
In an unlikely display of an unspoken journey, Whiss puts it all on the table in this 10-track album. With more on the way, he has intricately laid the foundation for his work to come. ‘Peace of Mind’ has certainly given listeners a rare glance at the internal workings of rapper Jay Whiss, the man behind the music.