Since his video release of "Up Your Nose" last December, it goes without saying that Kasey Jones has been working hard to reestablish himself in the new year. Even with a handful of singles and features already under his belt for 2015, Kasey has succeeded in keeping his fans anxious and impatient for his first full project titled "In Loving Memory". Kasey's creative collective, "800" (also known as "The 8"), took over social media this week with a daily, stylized count-down of the days left until the release, building up the anticipation that finally ended on Friday at – you guessed it – 8:00 PM. The debut project features production from fellow 800 members Trill, Fubu and Chase Smith, as well as rMell and Matt McGhee from the DMV super-group "After F", and New York native Mars Nova.
"Slime" starts the project off with a lawless pledge of allegiance to The 8, with a don't-give-a-fuck attitude that had me juiced and fiending for a hook. Kasey mellows down the energy of the first two tracks with the 800 in-house cypher "FubuHemmies" before coming back with "Brown (Black Dynamite 2)", "Coast 2 Coast", and "Platinum": songs that bounce so hard they left me with whiplash. As if he were making a movie, Jones rewards those who stayed for the allegorical credits with "Up Your Nose", a familiar classic that Kasey mentions he added "for an after-you-just-saw-a-movie feel, like when the lights come on type shit".
If you've been listening to the SoundCloud playlist embedded above, you might have noticed that the entire project is just a little over 20 minutes. While some may consider the tape lacking in quantity, Kasey explains that he personally can't stand long tapes with just a few good songs. "I wanted to make something that would just keep you the whole time so you wouldn't have to skip," he adds "for the kids who can't stay still for more than a minute".
All in all, "In Loving Memory" is a coherent and confident project perfect to end the summer with. At only 18 years old, Kasey Jones makes it hard to imagine what else could possibly be in store. In the meantime, check out his freestyle over Skepta's international grime anthem, "Shutdown" here.