Compton rapper JohnBoyCOOL gets personal with his debut EP ‘MindGames&MixedSignals’ released for the first quarter of 2017.
Thoughts of confusion leading to insecurities and paranoia aren’t the only factors that are ran through ones mind on the daily. ‘MindGames&MixedSignals’ not only relate to the early stages of a relationship, but also interlocks with the tricks and trades of the streets, friends, enemies and family. Touching personal topics that the usual person in their mid-20’s experience, no matter how long the party may last, life when the cameras are finally turned off can take a toll.
Giving a more personal setting, JohnBoyCOOL is assisted with original vocals from phone conversations and intimate discussions from past and present connections.
Stating that he’s “Lit4Life” JohnBoyCOOL emphasizes the reasons of why being in a constant euphoric state is ultimately a life-long goal. Mastering the craft of tuning out the noise life in general may have caused an addiction that can’t be shaken through partying and vices.
Enlisting co-native rapper Boogie, “Why do I” acknowledges signs of PTSD when reflecting on past negative occurrences. Clarifying that even though one may know what they’re doing daily to treat themselves, this is the way to get by. As explained in “Michael Irvin”, JohnBoy asks to simply not be judged and please don’t knock his focus.
Descriptive stories of growing up in the westside of Compton with help from neighborhood icon G-Weeder gives visual representation of a “How to make it in the hood’ survival kit.
With a heartfelt open letter to end the project, JohnBoy surfaces flashbacks of a loving grandmother who died to early for his approval. With an upbeat west coast party vibe, “Save the last dance” may just make you think about a lost one while shedding a tear, but also give a you grateful feeling for the memories.
Battling the stages of figuring out what life is, JohnBoyCOOL promises himself that all the smoke and mirrors will ultimately have closure soon. Its a form of reverse psychology when he plays the game of life back, that he only feels is being played on him.
Cause then again …. what’s a mind game to a mixed signal?