Johnnie Beamon – “1965”


“1965” is a consuming track released today from Johnnie Beamon, a hip-hop artist from Las Vegas. The track strives to take the listener “into the mind of a young black man that believes he is about to lose his life at the hands of a police officer.” The murky beat accompanies lyrics that reflect a yearning for forgiveness and acceptance, with a retrospective feel conveyed well by the artist’s intense delivery. The “roof on fire,” bit at 01:11 amps the intensity up, with increasing rhythmic intensity. Vocal pitch fluctuation and spacey synth arps and pads help comprise a very satisfying conclusion. Overall, “1965” is a very strong showing from Johnnie Beamon, who cements himself as a rising hip-hop act with ample talent in both flow and atmosphere.

“1965” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Indie Hip-Hop and Rap.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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