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Single Review: JT Music – Deviations

JT Music, composed of Chris Ames and John Gelardi, is a contending duo in the realm of video game-inspired hip hop. What began 10 years ago as a project for simple posterity has transformed into a viable product — one bolstered by 25-30 million monthly YouTube viewers, and a 2.5 million strong subscriber count to boot. Ames and Gelardi’s creatively expansive and imaginative lyrical prowess have earned them such milestones, thereby justifying their leadership within the nerdcore genre.

Their recent single, “Deviations,” was actually my first glimpse into the band’s talent, and I could instantly recognize their appeal. From its fluid, yet progressive lyrical flow to its complementary thunderous instrumental structure, the song holds nothing back in its striving for an involved musical scope. It was written for the popular console game, Detroit: Become Human, for which the song fits incredibly well. Thus, I found the song’s thematic focus resonant in much the same way, as it centers on one’s questioning the confines of their surroundings, with an ultimate desire to take control. Given that the band’s usual penchant involves rap songs featuring video game characters, this otherwise poignant listen has inspired me to keep them on my radar. There’s a lot already on offer, and definitely more to come.

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About Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

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