5th Child has been a mainstay in the Jackson,MS hip hop scene for years. As a high school student I would often see him in Fondren at Fondren After Fi...
5th Child has been a mainstay in the Jackson,MS hip hop scene for years. As a high school student I would often see him in Fondren at Fondren After Five, I saw him as one of the dopest artists around and I looked up to him as a local music hero.
Now he’s back with his 7th Album “My Conversations With God” which I think could be considered as his magnum opus. The beats (which are mostly produced by 5th with the exception of 3 tracks) and the lyrics are in top form and 5th seems to be hungry and comfortable at the same time. It’s a very refreshing album for me and I can definitely see it going much further than Jackson.
The energy of the opening track “My Conversations….” is high and the bars are dope. One of my personal favorite sections is:
“Only Family Matters, Forget Friends/ When The Boy Meets World, Find Life Aint A Sitcom/ Superman On Krypton/ Misfit Folks That I Lived With, Couldn’t See Me Gettin On”
He just dropped an entire prime time line-up and referenced the Man of Steel without even breaking a sweat. Definitely a great way to start out the album.
“What You Need” is packed with so much knowledge that it requires multiple listens just to fully grasp the lesson that 5th is laying out. He talks about many of the problems and issues that our state faces and just doesn’t seem to want to deal with including: obesity, infant mortality rate, low educational performance and our unhealthy dining culture. One particular portion resonated with me because I’ve seen the same story played out time and time again:
“Cuz the ice that we floss, make the hoes wanna ride/ Bring that p***y over here, leave your goals and your pride/ Cuz once I go inside then its deuces/ Smooches/ Truth is/ Shoot, I ain’t pregnant/ Trick you is”
That’s real life, that’s a struggle some women deal with on a daily basis and that’s the mentality that some men truly have about getting women pregnant. As if that wasn’t a big enough meal for the mind to digest, 5th goes even deeper:
“Stupid if that nigga ask/ Tell him that I flat-lined/ We don’t even look alike/ Call me when it’s tax time”
“Motherless Child” deals with feelings of inadequacy, rejection, and self-determination. The production gives 5th a sonic playground to flex on and use as part of his verses. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. I can relate to many of these same thoughts of wondering if I’m really working and doubts from the people that are supposed to be my biggest support system.
“Walkaway Love” deals with the loss of a relationship and the emotional aftermath it leaves behind. The hardening of the heart, the guards placed up against affection and the effect it has on every relationship after that.
“Wristbands” is a reference to the black wristbands emblazoned with 5thchildmusic.com that are worn by supporters of 5th and his music. It is essentially anthem for those that have taken the journey with him to the point he has reached.
“The Climb” and “C.W.S.” both deal with chasing your dreams and not giving up on your goals.
“The Climb” features an intro from Slimm Pusha and it is a very fitting one. The relaxed beat let’s the listener settle into the groove and really soak in everything being said. Some lines that I think are of particular importance, especially to some of the other artists working here in Jackson, are:
“When your brother wins, that just means your family on the come up/ Take it as motivation to make it to where you wanna”
“See now if you bout that climb, be a ladder for your kind/ Everybody coming up, ain’t nobody left behind/ When the leaders in the front, people hate to see em shine/ You ain’t never heard of chains?/ Stupid, that’s how they designed”
There’s so much backwards thinking and jealousy here in this city in regards to music and the entertainment industry at large. Everyone wants to be the “one”, everyone wants to be the top dog. However, it’s going to take a pack to overcome the obstacles we face as artists trying to make Mississippi a viable hotspot for music. I’m glad 5th spoke on it.
The production on “C.W.S.” is some of the best on the project. 5th also switches up his flow and spits about never taking your shots at the things you truly want out of life. It’s an encouraging track that advises the listener to not become another person saying what they coulda, woulda and shoulda done.
“The Results” features Eunice and is a personal track that tells the story of a relationship that ended. Hearing 5th be so candid about emotions is refreshing because so many artists these days try yo act as if they are so hard they’ve never felt anything.
“Marshawn Lynch” features 7even Thirty and Drew Mc Kercher talks about the image that is placed upon Black men in this country and the way that people respond to our presence based upon what we do for a profession or how we act socially. The track ends with audio from Marshawn Lynch during an interview.
“…With God” ends the project and it is the laid back companion to the high energy “My Conversations….” and it leaves us on a hopeful note.
“My Conversations With God” is an excellent project and deserves all of the support that we can give. Please do not sleep on this album, it’s one of the best that I’ve heard independent or mainstream this year.
Check out 5thChildMusic.com to stay updated on everything dealing with 5th and his music. Go and cop “My Conversations With God” on Amazon and Itunes. Follow him on social media everywhere @5thChildMusic.