By: Shamus Hill
Springfield's Jxylen takes an intergalactic trip into his past and, subsequently, his future on the rapper's latest single, "Toonami Aftermath".
Staged around the universal forces that have guided Jxylen along the steps that he's taken in life, "Toonami Aftermath" evolves into a wholesome display of reassurance, hope, and affirmation. The Maya Angelou quote "If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going." was something that instantly came to mind when listening to this release for the first time, as the Western Massachusetts representative helped to dissect some of what his earliest inspirations to make music were. Heavily influenced by the programming featured on both Toonami and Adult Swim, Jxylen always wanted to utilize his creative capabilities to inspire the masses on a large scale. Understanding that it might take some time to achieve such a monumental task, he continues down the path that has been laid out before him by divine powers. Finding solitude in this and nothing more, "Toonami Aftermath" is a two and a half minute portrayal of what these influences have resulted in.
Injecting the otherworldly sentiment into the inner-fabric of this track is eu-IV, whose production talents placed an emphasis on Jxlyen's well-constructed verses here. The Baltimore native has worked extensively at his craft for some time now, and I, for one, am thrilled to see a beat of his placed into the hands of one of the most-exciting rappers in Massachusetts right now.
Listen to "Toonami Aftermath" below: