Artist Review: Step Back J

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Christina Myers


If there’s one artist that started out 2017 with a bang, on-the-rise Hip Hop wordsmith Step Back J did just that with his Sophomore Album, Public Thoughts. A beautifully crafted collection of tracks that has evolved since his predecessing Freshman effort.

Step Back J‘s album opener, “Endless Summer”, is melodic, infectious, and sets the tone for the rest of the tracks with his witty, clever lyricism with an extremely ambient beat that almost gives you the feeling of a dream sequence.

Putting J‘s vocals in the forefront with perfect overdubs and heavy touches of reverb, it’s very easy to hear his rhyming skills with the foreground leaving him with all the room he needs to get his message across. It’s almost presented in a spoken-word sort of manner, but in all honesty, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Veering away from post-production theatrics that either makes or (heavily) breaks a track, the simplicity in SBJ‘s production value really brings out the best of his insatiably infectious and dynamic rhyming techniques that draws you further into what his overall persona offers; which from what has been presented thus far, has been nothing short of amazing.

We’re stoked to hear what J has up his sleeve in the near future, and if he ends up touring this year and is coming through your area, we can’t stress enough that you should be attending his show. You’ll see and hear once again that underground Hip Hop is where the best of it is, and Step Back J is more concrete proof of that.

Step forward and listen to Step Back J‘s Public Thoughts. And expect the unexpected in every positive way as this artist continues to climb the industry ladder.

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