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Jay Montana joins the lineage of Mobile, Alabama rappers obsessed with country-sounding acoustic guitars. Montana’s somewhat sunnier take on the style doesn’t make it feel like he’s being tormented by his pain and trauma. That slight splash of brightness is conveyed through the beat selection on “Covid-21”: The acoustic sample by local trusted hand Al’Geno is light and fluffy compared to melancholy instrumentals he’s given to Rylo Rodriguez (“Court Dates”) and NoCap (“Dead Faces”). Montana is also a capable but developing writer, and like his influences, he delivers wordplay-heavy punchlines through bluesy coos: “Won’t ever come in second place I’m tryna lap something/Hit ’em wit it like seven eleven times I’m tryna craps something.” It’s a subtle yet fresh spin on an established regional style.