John West Ft. Big Sean – Already There

November 17, 2011 Nick Engvall

John West Ft. Big Sean – Already There

Back in 2006 or so some friends and I got into John West. He’s a Baton Rouge native who had just relocated to Los Angeles and started on a small tour with a few other musicians. His positive outlook on life flows right from his soul right through his music for the world to see. It was something that I instantly related to. Even his lyrics are similar to the stuff that I write on regular basis.

When I first heard his music, I was hooked, and more importantly…inspired.

The way he takes life’s troubles and turns them into a positive is what I try my best to do. We had to have seen him at least 4 or 5 times over a few months. I remember seeing him in the back of a coffee house outside of Stockton, California. There were probably a dozen people there and that’s being generous on the probably. San Jose and San Francisco were a couple of other venues, his music led me to people that changed my life dramatically, and was a major change from my pessimistic ways back then.

Earlier this summer he signed to Island Def Jam, meaning no more Santa Monica Promenade performances, which is unfortunate because I just live down the street now. Maybe I’ll finally pick up the guitar and do the same while I’m here.

Although this new song, Already There, is like a lot of his new music since signing to a “big label” and sounds a lot different than tracks that made him one of my favorite artists (listen to tracks like Katrina, New Year’s Day, Saints n Sinners, Thought I Was, etc.), the positive message is refreshing. Big Sean seems to be pretty positive for a hip-hop artist also, but I really haven’t gotten into his music enough to speak on it.

I’m curious to know what other people think of this new track. Feel free to leave me a comment below.

To further show the drastic change between the blue-eyed soulful guitar and the corporatized sounds, check out the two versions of Loved You Tonight below.


Nick Engvall

Nick Engvall is a sneaker enthusiast with over 15 years of experience in the footwear business. He has written for publications such as Complex, Sole Collector, and Sneaker News, helped companies like Eastbay, Finish Line, Foot Locker, StockX, and Stadium Goods better connect with their consumers, has an addiction to burritos and Sour Patch Kids, and owns way too many shoes for his own good.

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