Troubles Comin is the new four track EP by Jonathan Hamilton aka Jun Tzu. This is the most exciting prospect I have seen for a long time as Jun Tzu imbeds himself in the Hip-Hop tradition, yet adds his Northern Irish heritage to his beats. I can honestly say that I have never heard anything like it.
I feel empowered when I listen to his words – he has a somewhat righteous anger that he uses to get his point across. The way Jun Tzu flows on this debut EP makes you stand up and take notice about what he is saying, the mix between poetics and beats blends together his message.
‘Politicians,’ tells the universal story of how those in power do not understand what is going on at grassroots. This EP is for anyone who has stood up and said ‘enough is enough,’ it is for anyone who has had a voice.
Troubles Comin really manages to blend hip hop with traditional Irish music. Jun Tzu puts his experiences on show for people to understand fully why he does what he does – not because he wants to, but he is compelled to, he does not sugar coat his words. His thoughts are revolutionary in that he looks to use this to provide a middle ground for both sides in a divided Northern Ireland.
The EP as a whole is a great opening statement from Jun Tzu it totally captures what he is as a person and as an artist. My favoured track on the EP is of course the bonus track ‘The bridge.’
Not only is it one of the first tracks I heard live from Jun Tzu, but the way it states that there is two sides to every coin, yet Jun Tzu goes about saying that there is no difference between both sides just differing views.
Jun Tzu wants to find his own truth and this EP is a great start, bring on the album.