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Prime Boys – Tinted

For some years now, I’ve been singing the praises of Jimmy Prime, Donnie and Jay Whiss, the trio collectively known as Prime Boys. With every review, I find myself referring to them as, “the 6’s best kept secret”, due to the fact that they have consistently put out some of the highest quality of music and visuals, yet tend to be overlooked. Despite their lack of commercial success, talent can only be denied for so long and as they steadily rise up the underground, they return with Tinted.

Tinted sees the trio link up with longtime collaborator Murda Beatz, as they bring you into their lives, as they do it big, living life in the fast lane on that money chase and avoiding the hate that comes with it. The hustle-centric anthem kicks off with Jimmy at his braggadocios best, dominating from the get go with his varying and catchy flow, he sets the tempo with lines like, “Saks Fifth…run it up for practice, Cos’ I can’t bring this money to the casket..”. Donnie steps up for the second verse, with that aggressive drawl, as he skates on the beat, and might have one of my favourite verses (if not lines) with, “They trying their hardest to find me, trying their hardest to line me, Prime Boys like the Isleys, all of this moneys contagious, we doing shit for the ages.. “. I’ve previously described abstract rapper Donnie as Canada’s Quavo, with his unique sound and versatile style as influential on verses as it is with the hooks, and as much as I don’t want to do the comparisons, together, the Prime Boys could be seen as the Migos, more so for their chemistry, the unity between them, their flare for fashion and individual abilities, which combined make for great music. One of the more traditional rappers of the group, Jay Whiss adds to his dope hook with yet another strong verse, from the flexing, “moved to the burbs…I see horses out my window, like the time my wrist glow..”, to the darker, “Man I lost so many people…I stopped keeping count, luckily these pills help me even out, Whiss is getting money..guess the secrets out, and I got a couple shooters that I keep around”. 

One of the reasons I rate them highly is their production value, matching the levels of quality of the songs, Tinted, rather than the regular videos we’re often used to, continues along the cinematic lines which I’m accustomed to from them, as these (literally) icy visuals have them whizzing their quad bikes through the ice, balanced with the separate black and white backdrops (sporting their Prime merch), down to the escalade blown up at the end. Where many may have appeared bitter or even given up, with the help of the team (the members behind the scenes) altogether, Prime Boys continue to make waves and grow on their own terms, establishing themselves not just as some of the best talent in Canada, but globally.

Click the artwork below to view their official site, a hub for not just Prime but a curation of all things cool.

 

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Jimmy Prime – Bleeding Bull EP

While More Life reigns supreme, with Drizzy shining more light on the similarities with the UK, don’t for once think that the sea of Canadian talent was drying up any time soon. Step up, the 6’s most slept on, Jimmy Prime, with his new EP, Bleeding Bull.

Jimmy has been dictating the sound from the underground for a couple years now, yet to make the deserved breakthrough, however, as he continues to develop (and with this effort), he’s most certainly moving closer.

Kicking things off with the Wondagurl produced Intro, it’s more of a cinematic opening credit, as he establishes the magnitude of the wave commencing.

“You know I’ma make it baby, trust me..that’s for certain, come and see the life..take a peak behind the curtains”

My Way must be what she saw behind those curtains, as “Jimavelli” paints the abstract picture, filled with foreign whips and high-end brands, in some ways, that is sprinkled throughout the project, as he emerges (in an almost sub-genre of Fashion-Rap) amongst the likes of A$AP Rocky and Lil Uzi Vert.

 “Screamin’ the world is mine..”

As if the Prime boy visualising his desires in I Wanna, was to get closer to them, Jimmy raps from a higher plateau, more focused than ever it seems, as the project shares hints of vulnerability in an overall confident display.

“They can’t believe I did it on my own..”

As I said previously, Jimmy has been more influential to the “sound” than credited for, introducing many to the likes of Eric Dingus and recently Murda Beatz. Continuing the trend, we’re blessed with the production of Arthur Mcarthur, though a seasoned veteran, he may not be as known, ’til now. Contributing to My Way and Pisces, the latter being potentially the biggest track from the project.

Something for the peng Pisces ladies out there. The closest thing to a ‘love song’ you’ll find on the project, though more of a ‘Playa’s anthem’, as he asks her how she, “really feels..”.

“As she’s…Pisces, she’s pure..and that’s what I need”, He auto-croons before making the flow look effortless, “I’m stackin’ bands, I cannot chill..I need to see a mil, running’ up a cheque..the neimans look like track & field”. Full of quotables, with this EP he’s captured a moment, sonically pleasing and most definitely well mixed down. The transition throughout helps create a narrative, though each track could separately connect with people. Digital Money sees Jimmy link back up with Murda Beatz, this time on a laid-back vibe, as the young bleeding bull sings out, “Don’t you know I try, don’t you know how I, care so much..I die, need you by my side”. Another fan favourite and also the the first visual released, Gucci Denim, an ode to the money being his priority over bitches.

Continuing to stunt, this project is certainly a middle finger to anyone that hated on or didn’t believe in him, and it doesn’t stop with the last track, Moscow Mule. Proving Jimmy and Arthur Mcarthur really have a solid musical chemistry, definitely a good contrast of styles.

“Codeine dripping’ on my Christian Dior, I’m just tryna get my foot through the door..”

Bleeding Bull is a smart concept, it’s fun, easy-listening yet vastly musical, with depth in it’s seams, a variety of actual structures and patterns, flows and styles, tastefully encased in it’s luxury fabric, woven together as a well executed project.

As always a shout out to the people behind the project, but this time not just those behind the music, but the artwork and overall aesthetic of this art-piece of a project. No doubt Jimmy Prime is only just getting started, and expect more to come. Prime forever.

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“I don’t wanna waste no time, I wanna take what’s mine..” – Jimmy Prime

From his entry with Northside, the Canadian talent Jimmy Prime (formerly known as Jimmy Johnson) made his mark, not only establishing a sound with producer Eric Dingus, but then introducing his collective, Prime, on the squad anthem, I Heard. Not long after, he sonically experimented further, with core-favourites such as I Wanna, Red Ferrari, and the personal favourite, Winters End (which has been removed off the internet, for reasons unknown), and more. Proving he has an ear for hits, collaborating with producer Trapmoneybenny on the Block Boy project, before giving the people some new waves with the super-collective Full Circle, as well as with one of the producers to listen out for in 2017, Murda Beatz.

Despite being overlooked at times, the Prime boys have proved to be a force, with each individual bringing their own styles to the table, from the young superstar Jay Whiss, to Donnie, they have been consistent with quality, including visuals, with the assistance of their in-house director, Tristan Prime.

Having recently featured on the Murda Beatz banger Drop Out, he returns, with the aid of Donnie, and another Canadian up and comer, Halal Gang’s Smoke Dawg, for the infectious, Humana.

Murda Beatz showing no signs of slowing down with the hits, once again providing a wavy composition with the hard-hitting beat, allowing Canada’s Quavo, Donnie, to give you that catchy hook, “I’ma take addy tonight, might fuck a baddie tonight, humana humana..”, with his distinct tone and unique style. It provides the perfect balance between Jimmy and Smoke’s verses, as they effortlessly stunt. It is a similar feel to the Full Circle joints, but that’s hardly a bad thing.

Shout out to Halal Gang (Ahwoolay!), who recently tore it up here in the UK, with a sold out show. Definitely be on the look out for more from the Prime boys, as they continue to establish their wave globally, and rightfully so. Big up Jermaine, D’Boy, Koba, Scotty and everyone helping the vision come to fruition.

Prime forever.

 

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