Jorun Bombay / Various Jorun's Way

Barely known outside of the Maritimes, Jorun is a Halifax hip-hop legend and father of the scene thanks to a superb ability to find and expose Maritime talent including Buck 65, Sixtoo, Classified and Universal Soul. Unfortunately, his best compilation since Haltown 2 might very well be his last. Jorun’s production is a nice mix of mellow summer jams, old school-influenced boom-bap and dark, atmospheric experimentations. His nasal rap lessons and bragging appear frequently over the albums 20-plus tracks, but he also gives plenty of mic time to both local up-and-comers and scene vets alike. While pretty solid from front to back, Jorun’s Way has some definite highlights: "The God Complex (a.k.a. holier than thou)” reintroduces Jorun with a kick in the face and follows up with the smooth massage of Wordburglar’s "Buttafly;” Spesh, Classified and Anon score big with "Live from Fairlanes,” a video game-influenced ode to the arcade; Jesse Dangerously joins Jorun for a schizophrenic open letter to those searching for a free ride in "Getting Put On,” which is followed by the three-pronged battle track attack "Three the Hard Way” with Jorun, Johnny Hardcore and Monark. And that doesn’t even include the bonus tracks. For those curious to experience a general cross-section of the current Haltown hip-hop scene, Jorun’s Way is the only way.

What is Jorun's way anyway? Jorun’s way is my way. I have rules I give myself that used to be rules in hip-hop that nobody follows anymore. I don’t put those rules on anyone but I like a challenge so I challenge myself with the rules I grew up with. I don’t bend my rules to please others who don’t know or care where this hip-hop shit came from.

Is there anyone you regret not getting on Jorun’s Way? Oh, hell yeah. I actually mention names on one of the skits ("Reunion on 88.9 FM”): Sixtoo, Nay C, Papa Grand. I would have liked to have Buck 65 on there as well and I’m sure it would have happened if I set it up properly, but he’s a busy man. I also wanted to have the original members of Hip Club Groove but that seemed geographically impossible.

You claim Jorun’s Way is your last album. Why? I just figured that even though I still love making beats and doing what I do, the audience’s attention span is much shorter and it requires less time being creative and more time pumping out whatever I can regardless of quality. I would rather spend two years making the best product I possibly can and leave on a high note. (Dead Beats)