Unless you’re Will Smith or Chamillionaire, chances are you’re practicing profanity in your lyrics. At the very least, an unexpected F-bomb or b!tch might dot one of your tracks. Not that there’s anything wrong with either method of diction, but rappers taking a vow of cursing celibacy seem to catch a faux pas title more often than their vinegar-tongued brethren (lest we forget Eminem’s opinion on the matter).
But Canton, Ohio native Jéan Pierre Johnson – known simply by his moniker Jeán P – is alright with the clean-rapper label. On the Thelonious Martin-produced “Breakout,” Jean raps his ideal over a bass-heavy and melodically sampled beat, rhyming, “and every rapper claiming that he dope/when I still record clean bars like I’m rapping with soap.” And when he’s not benefiting from original production, Jean gives Sean Price’s “Figure Four” a shot on “Pay Attenchun!!,” hubristically waxing poetic over the sparse bass and stray horns.
Both tracks can be found on Jeán’s latest mixtape, My Life As Jeán, and be snagged here for free.