J Me is back with long-awaited second album
November 22 - 28, 2010
J Me pictured last week in Yangon. The hip-hop singer made a big splash with his debut album in 2007 and is back once again with his new album Life’s Heaven.
THREE and a half years after the release of his debut album, Koe Bawa Nae Ko (Individual Lives), hip-hop artist J Me is ready to step into the limelight again with his second album.
Bawa Yae Naitban (Life’s Heaven), due for release by the end of the month, has been a long-time coming for the hip-hop star who says his quick rise to fame had a big effect on him.
“I performed many concerts after my debut and earned a lot. I didn’t know what I should do with such a large amount of money. I thought about continuing my education or starting a business. I even had crazy thoughts like abandoning my rapping career,” says J Me.
Encouragement from his family and friends, not to mention the weighty expectations of the Myanmar hip-hop scene, brought the outspoken hip-hop star back to the studio for his follow-up album, which he says is part inspired by a trip to Loikaw and Phaekhon in Kayah State he made in 2007.
“The scenery was really awesome. The mountains are quite big and seem to touch the clouds. The sun broke through small gaps in the clouds above the mountains. If you were there I’m sure you’d say ‘Wow!’ I put these things in my song ‘Taungtan Tway Akyung’ (About the Mountains),” says J Me.
The rapper is not sure how his fans will respond to the album but he thinks it will be received well among musicians.
“I’m sure it will foster a reputation among my fellow rappers and in the hip-hop scene.”
Above all, J Me says the album reflects his motivations and the tempo of his life.
“The tempo of the tracks reflects my moods in a single day, a week or a year. My lifestyle is similar to the arrangement of the tracks. A song can express what’s inside the artist’s head so the album includes all my thoughts. You will hear how stupid, rude and romantic I am,” he says.
“The way I think about and see life has changed. I understand things more than before and feel that I have matured.”
Bawa Yae Naitban is produced by Iron Cross Music Production and includes 12 songs and two bonus tracks. The album features the talents of Tha O, Bigg-Y, G-tone, Zam Nu, Eint Chit, Cindy, Thar Gyi, Thar Nge, Khit Khit, Hlwan Paing, YAK, Snare and Ar T.