Not to be confused with Snoop Dogg's sidekick Don Magic Juan, John Wilson is the latest sensation in the Hip Hop/Spanish world of music. The producer/songwriter/emcee showcases his triple treat style on his third release Inevitable. The double disc album is divided between the English and Spanish discs, as Magic Juan breaks down cultural barriers and misconceptions all at the same time. However, while Juan deserves respect for taking a chance with Inevitable, unfortunately, the album lacks solid beat making needed for it to shine.
With Juan producing and writing all 26 songs on the album, it is easy to see why the production aspect remains inconsistent throughout. The recycled dancehall sounds of "Fish Grease" is a coerced bi-lingual effort that simply borrows the hot trend of the moment. "Sigue La Chercha" is a similar effort that fails to be as impressive as catchier tracks on the album. In addition, the track suffers from a lackluster hook and a repetitive drum loop. "Get Money" is more filler material, as the track's choppy violins and sampling of the classic Junior Mafia track is an unoriginal and bland concept.
It is no secret that Magic Juan is out to have a good time and get your ass shaking on the dance floor. But his finest efforts on "Inevitable" are when he opens up and lets us inside the mind of John Wilson. The sultry strings on "U Gotta Believe" provide the perfect backdrop for Juan's introspective rhymes. The old school soul sounds of "Overload" is one of the album's best efforts, thanks to the songs handclaps, light keys and smooth groove. Just as noteworthy is the standout track "I Can't Cry". With his best lyrical performance, Juan delves into his troubled past and the drama involved.
Magic Juan may not amaze you with his lyrical abilities, but his uncompromising truthfulness shines bright on his latest release Inevitable. With some better production and more of a reliance on conceptual material, Magic Juan should continue to get better with every album.