Jaxxon D. Silva – I Wasn’t Born With Enough Middle Fingers

Words by Daniel Farrell

LA born, briefly Warrington raised, now London living – Jaxxon D’Silva’s unique approach to rap has seen him collaborate with some of the worlds biggest names in music, Pharell and Skepta to name a couple. His vagrant nature has allowed for an organic, broad blend of culture in his music, a testament to his time spent in both the US in his former years and the UK. He rarely strays from his emo-rap roots, as seen on 2019 project Open To Closure, but his latest EP I Wasn’t Born With Enough Middle Fingers [released via Worldstar Distribution with exclusive production from in-house label, I GET MY WORK FROM THE NARCOS], really highlights his versatility. It’s a gripping five-track extravaganza, with an extensive range of sounds. We’re going to take you through each track, briefly offering our thoughts as we go. This is our take on… I Wasn’t Born With Enough Middle Fingers.

No Way In Hell (ft. Dro Fe)

After a brief hiatus from releasing music, with only a handful of features since his last big project, Open To Closure, Jaxxon has clearly opted for a more industrial palette with regards to the sound of this project. The EP’s opener, No Way In Hell, sets the tone for the following tracks, with support from South Texan, Dro Fe, it oozes all things we fuck with Jaxxon for. Rapturous bass, experimental key-sampling and goosebump inducing lyrics. 

Produced by McCoy, No Way In Hell is held together by an almost Mt Moon, Pokémon cave system soundscape of high pitched tonal peaks. Ironic or coincidental, probably neither, but it works for the purpose of being the EP’s tone-setter. Jaxxon is allowed to measure his cadence with a consistent bass pattern, which adds plosive value to his lyrics in a subtle way. Flo Fe enters after the first verse with a really gritty selection of lines. Having the only feature of the EP in the first track is an interesting idea, and shows Jaxxon’s respect for Flo Fe as a collaborator.

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I Wasn’t Born With Enough Middle Fingers

The second track, which takes the EP’s title name, further showcases Jaxxon’s versatility on what’s a more subdued beat than the first, produced by none other than CHASETHEMONEY. A series of calculated snares, carefully placed ad libs and stabs bring the track together in harmonious fashion.

“My last name Laigon. I’m a heartbreaker. I wasn’t born with enough middle fingers I don’t fuck with paigons. 

Its quintessential Jaxxon, which will surely be regarded as a vintage Jaxxon in years to come. He speaks of his outward and internal hatred for certain elements of life, and how it manifests itself in his day-to-day.

Product of Pain

Produced by Outby16 & Zaetheproducer, Product of Pain further highlights Jaxxon’s self-professed ideas about his world. His flow is more than unique, fading out at the end of a 16 or 32. The control of this flow, which includes this innate ability to control tonal change, is what’s so enticing about Jaxxon. One minute we’re caught in this whirlwind of higher pitched bars, which are still admittedly ragged, weathered and dull, but his ability in adding further depth is very impressive. The lyrics make mention of his drug use and moving with a tight knit crew, presumably Laigon or GBK. It’s a solid mid-point in a solid EP. 

Heart Throb

Following the productionary themes of the previous three tracks, we’re invited to enjoy the EP’s penultimate forray, Heart Throb. More grungy bassline, blanketed with an eerie whirring which sews the soundscape together, Heart Throb see’s the BPM maintain a level where Jaxxon appears most comfortable.  

“I’m feeling jolly off the molly but it never lasts long”.

What’s noticeable in Jaxxon’s music is his disuse or reliance on a beat to make a song. He’s been quoted as saying “… as long as you feel goosebumps, I’ve done my job”. It’s at this point we can confirm Mr D’Silva is doing his job. It’s a stormy ending to another great addition in the EP, and one that’s sure to be reeled up in a dark, dank, smokey basement in London soon.   

 

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Bootleg Bones

The EP closes with a slightly pacier number in Bootleg Bones. Produced by Young God, it’s the shortest track on the EP at little over 1 minute 30 seconds, but it’s length doesn’t detract from the consistency and execution of both producer and rapper. Jaxxon’s renowned for these murky intros to a lot of his tracks, and Bootleg Bones is no different. He’s as neat as ever, utilising that ability to waver his pitch to great effect. 

We’re sort of running out of things to say at this point, and for fear of repetition, we’ll round off by saying this. Jaxxon is one of the most unique artists we’ve come across, and we’ve indulged in his life through his music over the last few years with great passion. We’ve shared his highs and lows and his grief and adulation as he’s released a broad range of sounds, whilst staying true to his emo-trap/rap foundation. From his debut EP Poor Thing, his marked sorrow in the heart-wrenching 2019 album Open To Closure to his most recent features (and of course this EP) it’s been some journey, and we’re excited to see which direction he’ll take next.