Rap Album One (Stones Throw)

SXSW 2014 Records


Rap Album One (Stones Throw)

L.A.'s Jonwayne has a background in electronic music, which makes sense when you consider the richness of the Angeleno beat scene. Over the last few years, he's been focusing on rap, nurturing the hypnotic gruffness of his voice and curating a variety of serious, art-school beats. Rap Album One, his debut effort, plays like a warm weed-dream. The beats are aggressively minimalistic; an oscillating bounty of synth-tones on "How to Be a Gemini," the dusty piano loop flowing through "Find Me in the Future," and the stuttering, sliced-up vocal sample pinging back and forth through "The Come Up Pt. 2." It's the perfect album for Stones Throw, long advocates for cerebral hip-hop, and Jonwayne has enough interesting stories to tide us over. It won't get your blood pumping, but the dusky vibes are markedly idiosyncratic for a crowded landscape. (10pm, North Door)


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Immersion (Record Review)

Christina Garcia, Dec. 14, 2018

Top 10 Box Sets of 2018
Brian Eno
Music for Installations (Record Review)

Dan Gentile, Dec. 7, 2018

More by Luke Winkie
ACL Music Fest 2015 Friday Record Reviews – Second Weekend
Dirty Sprite 2 (Record Review)

Oct. 9, 2015

Live Shots
X Games: Nicki Minaj

June 12, 2015



One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle