Former Interscope signee turned independent artist, Jared Evan is a multifaceted singer-songwriter/rapper and producer seeking to soulfully reenergize the masses with his introspective and personal songwriting mixed with old school Hip-Hop sensibilities and alternative/grunge rock influences.
First arriving on our radars back in 2013 dropping his collaborative LP with Statik Selektah, Boom Bap & Blues, Jared has since gone on to drop a few more projects and been called on to pen for Rihanna, Eminem, Kanye West and other top tier artists.
“Since Boom Bap & Blues, I’ve grown a lot. My techniques, songwriting have grown. My songwriting has gotten so much sharper and theres so much clarity in my lyrics. You hear it more on my other project with Statik [Still Blue] and my more recent work –The Art Form Of Whatever. But our goal is to have a Boom Bap & Blues trilogy,” Jared reveals.
“I’ve been working on my newest project for a long time. A lot of these songs started years ago. The oldest being 3 years old. The last project I put out was after a tour I did to capitalize off the tour. I felt like its been a long enough period since then. Plus theres was an itch from my fanbase,” details Jared. That itch was scratched when Evan’s released The Blanket Truth, his fourth album which features the likes of Allan Kingdom and Lloyd.
According to the artists, “The album was actually inspired by one of my favorite movies of all time, I Heart Huckabees. There is a scene where Dustin Hoffman’s character explains to Jason Schwartzman’s character this concept called The Blanket Truth. I kind of took that concept and put my own twist on it. I took that idea and made it introspective. I took Dustin’s basic idea and incorporated with my personal life.”
The Great Neck creative builds a strong, gripping foundation with “Role Model” where he seeks guidance over rippling electric guitars and lively trumpets. Evan offers clear transparency in “Kids Forever” while living in the moment: “No matter what they say, we can be stubborn /As long as we want cause / We’ll be kids forever.”
“The End Game” involves Evan passionately crooning as Allan Kingdom delivers resentful punch lines and metaphors. “When I first started writing to “The End Game,” I had 4 different pre-hook options,” says Jared. “That was the one song where I came up with too many things and I couldn’t decide what I wanted. The Arcitype, who produced it, he wrote the hook with me. “The End Game” is the only song on the album that was cowritten. I wrote everything else 100%.”
On “Revive Me,” a poignant piano ballad, Jared admits to being broken in. The project returns to its soul roots in “Hourglass.” He seeks to make amends with the past with Lloyd offering emotive melodies. Evan wants his listeners to be comfortable with vulnerability. In “Cry,” he provides honest lyricism highlighting themes of death and hardship.
“Big Brother” acts as a successor and conclusion to “Role Model.” The New York crooner craves to fill large shoes adamantly repeating “I could die if I knew that I could be just like you / I would lie if I said I’ll never be just like you (like you).”
“Every song I did was made from scratch except ‘Big Brother’,” Jared exclaims. “It was already a pre-made beat. !llmind sent me a batch of beats to write to for other artists. But when he sent me ‘Big Brother,’ I just had to have it for myself. The concept is one I’ve been holding on to for a while but didn’t have production for it until !llmind finally sent that beat. It was perfect for my concept.”
“Slow Rain” and “The Blanket Truth” showcase Evan’s abilities to create sentimental harmonies in times of need and contentment. Jared closes his project with “Temporary”, a track emphasizing that nothing lasts forever.
The Blanket Truth explores themes of vulnerability, truth and positivity. Allan Kingdom and Lloyd deepen listeners’ emotional connection to Evan’s situations. This project does more than show his shortcomings. Instead it acts as a therapeutic outlet to get you through the tough times.