J-Wats made his debut as early as 2018. Dropping his debut album On My Own which had the singles “Man of the Year” and street favorite “Holla”. Ever since he made a mark as a rapper to watch out for. For many he is a rapper and singer, but under his belt the artiste is a producer as well. He is a 360 creative.
In 2019 he followed up On My Own with Eaze which allowed him to find his sound as he experiments with any genre. You cannot limit or box him into any genre.
J-Wats presents exactly that and more on his new album Relief released on 24 August, 2022. For an artiste who can sing and rap you think he wouldn’t need features. On Relief he taps into the different talents including producers. He lines up Magnom, first rising singer Joshua Baraka, Nutty Neithan, Bossking Afrika, Denesi, Cxnrvd, Akeine, Byg Ben and Lagum the Rapper.
Being among the most polarizing Ugandan acts right now, Jude Wats’ has delivered his best genre crossing project yet. He explores Ragga, Dancehall, Afrobeats, Amapiano, Rnb and hip hop sounds. Each song allows him to tap into his sound influence. He delivers with rap at his core.
The album gradually allows you to catch a vibe and as soon as you here the Rukidi Beatz produced “Come Catch A Vibe” – vibes hit home. He admits his album/sound is a new “vibration” on “Aye” signaling the fact that he has slowly moved away from the usual sound he has been making.
The album tackles love, party life, friendships, struggle and rewards of the grind.
Nutty Neithan features on two songs ( “Catch A Vibe” and “I’m Bless”) which notably are high moments of the album alongside “YAX3”, “Blocka Blocka”, “All of It” “Element”, “Work” and others. Generally all moods are catered for on this project.
“Outside” is reminds us of COVID19 but on a good note as he signifies to us what is next since we back outside! Might sound cliché now but it gives a hint J was cooking during Lockdown.
Relief is an album that explores dance and relaxation kicking stress away even when it ends with an outro briefly talking about his journey on “Relief” Interlude taking to the past to right now.
This is not purely your average Rap album, it J-Wats serving us relief in 46 minutes in an almost one sitting listening. Your favourite song will naturally find you – it’s a vibe thing.
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