After winning a spot among the most innovative fringe of Canadian rap in Radio Radio and the duo Jacobus and Maleco, Jacques Jacobus proudly boasts The Return of Jacobus, the title of his first solo release.jacquesjacobus.mu/
Take away the equipment necessary to practice two distinct forms of art, music and magic have surprisingly much in common. We all want to believe in something, says the Nova Scotian rapper known as Jacques Jacobus, a union between the name he was born with (Jacques Alphonse Doucet ) and the name he gave to his hip-hop alter-ego more than fifteen years ago (Jacobus). After winning a spot among the most innovative fringe of Canadian rap in Radio Radio and the duo Jacobus and Maleco, the musician proudly boasts The Return of Jacobus, the title of his first solo release.
The bagpipes inaugurating the album could not be clearer: Jacques Jacobus proudly claims, more than ever, his Nova Scotian identity. The Return of Jacobus also celebrates collaborations that would have remained impossible if it were not for music, including that of Luc Langevin, who lends his voice to the intro of one of the tracks of the album, Magie Contemporaine.
The first single of the album My life is a Movie is a reflection of Jacques Jacobus, amazed yet wary of the constant renewed opportunity that has become his existence, to taste what the world offers, to play golf when it pleases and concentrate the time he wants to his passion for magic (no joke).
When Jacques Jacobus reconnects with the name under which he first took the stage, he goes back in time and walks the path traveled between the birth of a rapper, haughtily doning chains and cap, and the arrival of the sharply dressed dandy who forged a place in the Quebecois and Acadian imagination. Which of these two incarnations corresponds best to his truth, is the question he asks throughout The Return of Jacobus, without giving an answer, he reminds us that the true identity of the one who questions himself can be constantly changing.
Somewhere between introspection and hedonism, between questioning and swaying, between rap and electro, it is here that Jacobus tries to reconcile the candor of youth and the refinement of the man today.
Recorded at Meteghan's Tide School and in collaboration with his close friend, beats creator Alexandre Arthur Comeau, Jacobus' return is the effervescent plea of a man determined to prove that the magic of life and music is not an illusion.