Image via Topaz Jones

Image via Topaz Jones

The time of Topaz Jones is fast approaching. The Montclair rapper has been building buzz ever since his debut album The Honeymoon Suite, and the follow-up is just weeks away. But first, “Tropicana.” The single was produced by Jones and Episode, and the two have cooked up something wildly different than Jones’ previous offering, “Wasteland.”

“Tropicana” has a little West Coast G-funk, a little Stankonia swagger, and a lot of lyrical agility. It’s easy to lose yourself in Jones’ raps as they unspool themselves in fast-motion, but the production deserves a mention too. From an elusive cowbell to the shimmering chords that pop in during the chorus, everything is in its right place. Topaz Jones has a lot more in store for 2016, and “Tropicana” is just the beginning.