Josh DWH has been laying low for most of 2016, and as the year ends we are getting a piece of why. The “Motion Siccness” EP is Josh second solo project. Having released a few singles throughout the year, ‘Lately’ was our first taste of what the EP will offer. With features from Whispers, Zay Mason, Jae Tips & Chris RIvers the lyrical prowess is insane. Produced by Dizzy Banko, Scoop One, Kali Reem, & Dougy; all mixes by D.R.A.F. Josh has an unique way of lacing his feelings into a thoroughly entertaining vernacular and storyline.
Opening up with “Know no better” a track that lets you in on where Josh has been mentally for the last couple years. Learning new life lessons and growing in both mentality and craft from the daily grind and hustle. In the accompanying video he can be seen in the woods somewhere with a defamed trump face, a large crow bar and a ski masked young lady looking ready to do some damage. (#notmypresident) But just like never sleeping, fighting to succeed.. He don’t know no better, and that may be to his advantage.
“Options” opens with a hook from featured artist Whispers that explores one lesson learned.. Be yourself, and better yet think for yourself. As Josh reflects over the mindset of his peers and company he has entertained, then distanced himself from.
Which takes us to “Lately” the head space one could be left in after realizing things and people around you are not what they seem. When it seems like life won’t stop throwing bullshit your way, but you’re resilient so you manage. (Check out the visual for “Lately”)
“Timeless” is the swing, it’s like once you embrace and accept what you can’t control you start to see things different. Find new focus, invest less in others opinions. Jae Tips comes through on the type spoken word flow, so soothing you almost wouldn’t notice all the general shade thrown.
Zay Mason jumps right into the ‘do for love’ (ahem Bobby Caldwell, but we love Pac) sample. When these two team up they have an organic chemistry that feeds off one another. Zay is his classic dark cynical and crazy while Josh spills where he is presently at with no stories, just pure emotions. “… The pressure will make you golden..”
I’m sure not one year can pass in a person’s life without the pursuit of a romantic interest which is the first verse of “Possible” but as quick as someone can be an interest they can become the past.
What I feel the whole purpose of this EP is comes in the form of “Strictly 4 the Culture”. Some hip-hop artist still do this for the love of the expression it allows you to have. Both Josh and Chris Rivers spit bars straight through.
As the EP is coming to a close it’s that no holds barred moment, “What it do” is exactly that. Not coming at any particular person, but for everyone. The haters, the peers, the competition, the friends turned enemies, and anyone who wants it.
The departing message leaves us knowing where Josh stands and where his head is at going into 2017… “Keep Working”
But, if one line could some up this project it would be…”you’d be surprised what you can go through in one year”
– Jessie Marie