Jazz Cartier semi-surprised fans this morning with the release of his sophomore project, a follow-up to last year's acclaimed Marauding in Paradise mixtape. Hotel Paranoia isn't available for download, at least not yet, but you can stream it in full here.
The project isn't just a "follow-up" to Marauding in Paradise-- it expands and builds upon the sound Jazz and his producing partner Lantz created the first time around. Lantz is back on the boards for Hotel Paranoia, and it seems he's dialed up the levels on everything-- it's darker, harder, more turnt, more polished, all at once. "Red Alert" is one of Jazz's bangers that hits within the first three records of the tape-- the project starts off with a declaration of sorts, "Talk of the Town" before seguing into the weirdly-vicious "100 Roses," building up the energy into "Red Alert." The mixtape battles between hard-hitting and sombre-- "I Know," "Illuminati Love Song" and "After the Club" falling into the latter category.
"Red Alert" is an urgent record, with Jazz exploring new flows (as he does quite often on Hotel Paranoia). Jazz creates one of the catchiest hooks on the project, over Lantz's building production-- keys are sided by drums and climaxing synths.
Gold digger, had to dig her
White girl but she love a n*gga
You know I'm speedin
Baby I'm speedin
I got the gas and I'm high as a ceiling
I hear the feds is out, they never see me
I hear the 'woo woo' and I go genie