The art of storytelling is what really makes the mold for a great artist; their ability to bring you into their world through music is a fulfilling feeling as a fan. In an industry that all too often emphasizes a certain image you constantly see unoriginality and artists not truly being themselves due to wanting to fit in. J-Pros are not your run of the mill artists at first glance but that is what should make them stand out. That may turn some adopters away but their music is more relatable to the average person living a regular everyday life. The duo consisting of Mercury & R’Senull are like lost brothers in a sense they both started rapping since around the early age of thirteen. The two’s pairing was due to Joel Mallari CEO of J8 Records who happened to be working on both artists solo projects before coming up with the thought of the two together as a group. As with any other pairing in hip hop history the two had instant chemistry and recorded their self titled debut album which was released in 2006.
Real life caught up quick as Mercury would have to move to Kansas City, Missouri to pursue a college degree. The two would continue to work together by recording a few tracks each time Mercury would come back home for a visit. Thus the title of their sophomore album was conceived as “Pacific Central” describing the two time zones that the artists were in when they wrote the album. The album does not follow any trends or gimmicks and what you see is what you get is as simple as you can put it. Tracks like “Grown Past That”, “Five Motives”, “The Grudge” go deep into the storytelling aspect about personal struggles in life which any normal person can relate to. They even touch base about the changes in the music industry recalling how music used to be on “How Come” and how overcrowded the rap game has become on “Too Many MC’s”. To close the album out the two deliver a song called “Weather Advisory” about their insecurities about getting into the music business and dreams of having success as an artist.
The album currently has three videos available via YouTube and the album was produced entirely by Anno Domini & J Mallari.