Gas Mask Magazine

Jaywop: “Big Bad”

By: Eric Reyes
April 22, 2020

“Big Bad” by Jaywop is our new favorite song of 2020. There. We said it. 

Clever lyrics, a stylish beat, and an impressive vocal ability push Jaywop above and beyond. We had the opportunity to experience this song through the indie music video directed by Jaywop himself, and the unique, almost experimental approach taken was a credit to the musical experience as a whole. There is a dreamy quality to his vocalization, enhanced by the expert layering and texture done in the mix. Jaywop seems to us an artist who focusses on the art first, and this influences every aspect of his work. The stylized format of the music video was less about spectacle than it was mise en scene, and the intriguing lyrics departed from the usual pitfalls of the genre, focusing instead on storytelling. The personal nature of the words set him apart, expressing internalized thoughts and feelings in vivid terms that capture the imagination. 

Jaywop seems, to us at least, a showman in all the best ways. Knowing his strengths, using them to their full effect, and working to make a unique, personal work of art. We’ll be watching him create, and we know you will love what he has to offer. Watch the music video below, and tell us what you think on social media at: @gasmaskmagazine.

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