UP AT 5 is actually only 5 songs long, but the project is padded up by 5 skits anchored by some superb voice acting. JAYO casts long time family SCARLET BEE ROSE, & JAY JAY BANDZ to play the roll of concerned Wifey and Best Friend, but it’s in the later skits where JAYO plays both the Demon and Angel on his shoulder that you notice this man is pretty versatile. Not only can he make self help rap sound cool and current, but my boy can act too. Too many skits on a record can be a risky thing, but JAYO had a vision and directed it expertly. By way of these skits you can feel JAYO’s struggle to get sober on “ITS NOT OVER”, and the compassion and encouragement that is delivered on the RECOVERY SKIT makes WAIT the most powerful song on the album.
Each track is layered in Word Play and entendres that are so subtle that they easily go over the head of the casual listener. However, JAYO trains in the 2nd Ave Dojo known as the Gator Pit, so he knows he can’t come weak with the bars. For those with a trained ear for bars, you will find plenty of those. For those who are just into beats and feeling a vibe, THE BEAT SLAYER got you covered with some slapping production by BABI MUSIC & ALIAS BEATS. And for those of us who are fighting one vice or another, this album is packed with relatable stories to let you know you are not alone in this, and that there is hope of taking back control of your life.
By the end of UP TIL 5, it sounds like JAYO is getting HIS life back in order. No longer content with the hell he was living in, he is doing the hard work and taking the steps necessary to live a healthy, clear headed life as he waits for ……………………………………………………………………………,……………Heaven. I love how he ends this album. That’s some Emcee shit right there. Hopefully we don’t have to wait that long for more music from JAYO THE BEATSLAYER, But for now check his Spotify. He’ got years worth of music in the catalog, and now that he’s getting his shit together you want to be tapped in to what’s coming from JAYO in 2024.