J’Moris Tells The Truth On Moris Better: Loveless Confessions LP

By Deuce

J’Moris’ latest release, Moris Better: Loveless Confessions, is a true concept album. He covers almost every aspect of the game on this one, from meeting babes, sneaking them into the after party, reminiscing on the good times with them, plying them full of drank, and doing what comes naturally.

In that respect, the title of the LP certainly defines the majority of its scope and focus. There’s a lot for the ladies on this one including, most notably, the vocals. Moris shows he’s not above hitting high notes (pun intended) or crooning to get his point across. Whereas on previous releases his vocals were more traditionally rap-oriented (as was the case on the lead single “Activated”), he spends the majority of this project chanting, summoning pleasing melodies, and all but harmonizing on some of the tracks

This formula produces desirable results, as is the case on “Magic”. Everything about the tune is way tooo smooth, from the two bar acoustic guitar loop to the vocal sample singing, as it were, in the background. J makes the most of this affair with vocal effects not quite suggestive of Auto-Tune, but almost.

The sound is more mature, practically evocative of what the Large Professor termed a slow jam. In fact, such is the case on the majority of this album. The beats are rarely faster than 85 Beats Per Minute, and on some occasions they sound considerably slower, like on “Private Party”.

This one is almost bedroom music, or certainly something to throw on in the ride when it’s time to get down with the get down with you and that certain special shawty. Nonetheless, as is the case on most contemporary rap (particularly the Southern variety) there’s no bass lines, heavy duty kicks, celeritous high hats, and the occasional bass punches atop the kicks for good emphasis.

“Wanna Ball” is a tune that’s as direct as its title is. The phrase is repeated numerous times during the hook (some of which showcases the artist’s vocal range), and is ensconced within a sample that may remind you of Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’”. This collection of songs certainly showcases Moris’ maturation as an artist and, perhaps, will expand his audience in the process—which one can argue is the very point of dropping albums.

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