The Outsider Within

by Jon Paul Jones

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The Outsider Within is more than an album but a peek into the mind, thoughts, and experiences of Jon Paul Jones. Brought to you by American Sushi productions, the title of the album is my attempt to capture the nuances of being in the middle. It is the art that comes from not being accepted in any particular group, genre, thought, spiritual outlook or conceptual box. It is the creativity that comes from being an outcast, being marginalized in society, and struggling to combat the negative perceptions that I have been forced to internalize. The Outsider Within is also a response to Roy Ayers' album Africa Center of the World. Through music, I hope to battle the issues of the outsider, while reaching for the destiny of my past and reclaim the beauty that is Africa. I look to leave the present and sail towards the future of of my origin, and hip hop is the Black Star Line that will get me there. I plan for The Outsider Within to be the first of many classic albums to come. Enjoy

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released April 21, 2015

The Honey Dripper Lady featuring Jamie Lake
Written: Jonathan Grant, Jamie Lake
Produced: Jamie Lake
Sampled: Erykah Badu- “Cleva”
Vocals: Jonathan Grant, Jamie Lake, Sarah Grant, Roy Ayers

Truly Disadvantaged featuring Naja
Written by Jonathan Grant, Jamie Lake, Naja
Produced: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant, Naja
Sampled: Jay Z- “Feelin It,” Ahmad Jamal- “Pastures” Outkast- “ATLiens”
Piano: Jonathan Grant
Outsider Within explanation: Patricia Hill-Collins

Check the Rhyme featuring Jamie Lake
Written by Jonathan Grant, Jamie Lake
Produced: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant, Jamie Lake
Sample: A Tribe Called Quest- “Check the Rhime,” Common- “The Light”, Flying Lotus- “Fall In Love”, Bobby Caldwell- “Open Your Eyes”

Valerie
Written by Jonathan Grant, Jamie Lake
Production: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant, Jamie Lake, Kesha Rose, Biannah Francis, Niyyinnah Jefferson
Bass Guitar: Eric Jeffers
Sample: Amy Winehouse “Valerie”

Brown Sugar
Written by: Jonathan Grant
Production: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant, Biannah Francis
Sample: D’Angelo- “Brown Sugar”
Interpolation: Nina Simone- “That Blackness”

Tinted Windows Featuring Kesha Rose
Written by Jonathan Grant
Production: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant, Kesha Rose
Sample: Camp Lo- “Coolie High”

Ms. Jones
Written by: Jonathan Grant
Production: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant
Sample: AZ- “Gimme Yours” and Minie Riperton and Peabo Bryson “Here We Go”

The Outsider Within featuring Jae Mottie
Written by Jonathan Grant, Jae Mottie
Production: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant, Jae Mottie
Sample: Pete Rock “It’s A Love Thing”
Interview: Andre 4K and Mario Cordale

Riot (Powder Keg Music)
Written by Jonathan Grant
Production: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant
Interpolation: Martin Luther King Jr “Riot” and Malcolm X “Fear No More”
Sample: Icky Thump- “White Stripes”

Jordans and Cadillacs featuring J. Miah
Written by Jonathan Grant
Production: Jamie Lake
Vocals: Jonathan Grant
Guitar: Jeremiah Turner
Sample: Ramsey Lewis- "Brazilica"

Production and Mixing: American Sushi Productions
Mastering: DMH Studios
Cover Art photgraphy: Henry Chaney
Cover Art design: Jonathan Grant

This album is dedicated to Big A

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Jon Paul Jones Atlanta, Georgia

I am looking to leave this world better than I found it. I look up to folks like W.E.B. DuBois, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Robeson, and other renaissance men who refused to let their challenges stop them from seizing every opportunity to make their voices heard. If I can see it, I'm a do it. I got something to say, and rap is just the platform I'm using to say it. Plus I'm dope at it!!! ... more

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