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The latest from Javon Johnson in PRE cares nothing about theatrics, just rap.

Three songs.

Javon Johnson, the black and white rapper who always punched within the lines decided that a quick strike EP for PRE was the best course of action. Three tracks, all with different beats and concepts attached to them. “Mentally I’m “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, you bout to catch a Stunner…” he raps on the menacing and grayscale driven “The Turn.” “The Pledge,” the three-song sequence’s opener features blaxploitation horns and Johnson’s signature baritone weaving through bars as if he had no other recourse. There’s an irony in all of these tracks being named after those from Jay Electronica, mainly due to how Johnson and the New Orleans marauder carry themselves. They rap but for sport, not riches or fame. And when you do get bars from them, you have to wonder why they don’t drop more frequently or often. Or, in Jay Elect’s case – at all.

Javon Johnson’s been bubbling with tracks and purpose since he first ran onto our radar with Houston Museum Of Natural Science in 2014. On PRE, he’s flipping through channels of ’70s classics in black filmmaking, adding his own score to the images in front of him. Stream the three-track suite below.