Produced by Just Da 1, the track samples funky record “Gangster Of Love” by Jimmy Norman, and is the lead single to Jacques’ forthcoming project.
Highly revered “8-4” rapper and wordsmith Jacques Laine has released the lead single to his much anticipated untitled project. “Piano Riff” is a textbook rap track that samples the Mike Dean bit of keys on Jay Z’s classic “Somewhere In America” off Magna Carta, and depicts Jacques on a vantage point reflecting on his victories and travails.
“And in places they said I couldn’t be, I fell in love with some women that said they wouldn’t leave” he lays as the opening bars on the eerie-sumptuous combination of music he chooses for this particular offering.
The track gets off the mark with an unflinching violin solo before a car engine roars and the sample sneaks in covering the entire track’s production while Jacques’ sinister character takes over reciting some of the most assuring and convicted bars.
“From being covered in CDG (Comme des Garçons), to his crew flocking increasing the crime rate”, Laine is in rapping mood, reminding us of his sharp microphone acumen matched by his superlative poetic nature, dropping punchline after another, lest his outlier double entendres mirroring his outstanding rap ability.
Jacques sounds bright while he is brooding, cynical, vicious, valiant, and villainous all on the record, but this works to the merit of the perfect tight knit rap commentary.
“‘Piano Riff’ being the first single has a special place in my heart and it’s really me in my full lyricist bag with no hook or anything. Just bar after bar. I wrote it towards the end of summer when there were a lot of things going on back home,” he said in a recent interview.
Amidst the concession he is on a roll-out for his next body of work, the ceiling is definitely torn down as Jacques aims for the stars with his prodigious single “Piano Riff” officially launching him for the year.