Saint Joe - PENMANSHIP
With 20 years in the game and a distinctive voice as his weapon, Saint Joe has become a staple of Denver’s rap scene, as well as underground circles across the country. And his rep will only grow bigger and more renown with the release of PENMANSHIP, his ambitious new album that is a project meant to mourn the loss of one of his closest relatives, Almighty Ravnous, whom passed away.
The record arrives several years in the making, and it definitely shows.
This is a meticulously crafted effort that flows seamlessly from one track to the next. It’s an impressive feat for a project that is succinct but overflowing with lyrics and punchlines (13 songs) and only 3 guest features this time around, but Joe’s vision keeps it cohesive and tight.
He deftly blends bravado and realness through bars that touch on being authentic and cautious. “Penmanship is about high level writing and punchlines, things that Rav and I always strived for. "
Joe says of his approach.
“But I still remain fluid and switch the style up often for an all-around solid listening experience.”
That fluid quality is evident in his strong ear for production. He’s acquired various notable producers on here that offer a diverse, albeit Boom bap-oriented, listening experience. There are golden era joints (Mixla's “The Peoples Champ”), grimy bangers (Fosco Alma's “Stay Away From Us”), as well as off the cuff blackout cuts (AnomolyNumeroUno's’ “Beast Mode Evolved”).
Penmanship is out online everywhere now.