The Art of Joy is rapper Jackie Hill Perry's debut album on Humble Beast Records. Its release date was November 4, 2014.
The album hits from the very beginning. Track 1, "The Argument" sets the tone for the entire album. You really have to listen to her every word because Perry's lyricism is witty, metaphorical, and articulate. Every bar is loaded with deep-cutting truth and relevant metaphors.
The album takes off from there! Each track complements the other. And, when played in order, they all augment each other which ultimately builds to the title track "The Art of Joy."
For me to begin recommending songs would not do the entire work justice. But, I will state that "Get There" is my favorite. If you have a pre-game, pre-workout, pre-anything playlist, you will want to add this! It is all about improvement in life and improvement in Christ.
As a pianist, I have to give props to the producers, Beautiful Eulogy and Daniel Steele, along with Perry's ear for music. 5 out of 11 tracks features a piano! And those piano-laden beats provide a thumping background to Perry's snappy cadences. Jackie Hill Perry delivers in a way that makes her words, not just heard, but felt.
The Art of Joy is one of the realest hip hop albums out there! On top of that, you will not hear lust and lies. Just Jesus. Just truth. Just life.
In addition, Humble Beast Records is one of the best labels in hip hop. Perhaps their most unique attribute is they offer all of their albums free. Yes, free!
So, need I write more:
To Jackie Hill Perry: Wow! "Dope" is an understatement. God has given you the power of communication tailor-made for this generation. Myself, and countless others are blessed and enriched that you are sharing that gift with the world! Thank you! Grace and Peace to you!