"Hopefully" is the grimmest entry on BackWood Jones, and as an end point its heavy tone unintentionally bleeds into the world of its creator. Last week some members of YP's family were taken hostage in Harvey, and shortly before that his infant son, Kaiden, passed away. Kaiden was born in February, and he gave YP the kick in the pants that fueled his strong performances on BackWood Jones. In fact YP lays it out pretty clearly just a minute into the opening track, "Winner's Circle," when he raps, "I was broke and used my kid as the motivation."
YP's new inspiration would be obvious even if he didn't say it outright. He's the kind of nimble, confident MC who sounds like he's admiring his raps while he's in the middle of delivering the lines. But some of the best moments on BackWood Jones come not when YP is enamored by his own work but when he sounds determined to push himself harder—every time he throws down a pointed syllable at just the right moment or raps in double-time it's as if he's fighting for someone else.