Artist Review: Leon Rockmore – “Live at 5 (Feat. Lyric Wright)” Official Music Video 

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


An audio and visual experience into versatility, emotion, and a mainstream sound with insatiable likabiliity factors. Leon Rockmore‘s official vid for “Live at 5 (Feat. Lyric Wright) is one of those tracks your are bound to like from the second it starts.

What I love about music videos is the way it adds components to the overall atmosphere; both for the song and visual aspect itself. With choppy editing tricks to esteemed views of cityscapes, this is a ride for the ears, eyes, heart, and soul alike.

Rockmore has a very broad range of style, effectiveness in his rhymes, and dynamic lyrical content. It’s a true piece of Indie Art with extraordinary cinemotagraphy, top-notch production value, and lots of flavor to keep this song memorable as well as unique. With R&B sensibilities carrying a torch in the beat, the drive of this song gives a strong, elite likability factors for anyone that appreciates today’s Hip Hop/R&B sounds, encompassed by yesterday’s influences as part of the integration.

The track is smooth, the camera work in cinematic, charismatic, and in the forefront of the aura. The audio and imagery share perfect parallels in this song, and I can’t stress how much you’re gonna love it. Leon Rockmore has a great catalog of music under his belt already as a renowned Hip Hop artist and writer, and if you’re just discovering him now, “Live at 5” is one of the best tracks to start with. I guarantee you’ll wanna hear more after hearing this one.

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Artist Review: C. Thoughts

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Connor White


It’s always refreshing to discover Hip Hop with a powerful message; a message that not only sheds light on the content matter, but also has that staying power that really entices you to read more into an artist’s craft. We get exactly that with C. Thoughts politically supercharged single, “Slave to the Money”.

It’s nice to get away from the every day booty-shaking and drug dealing themes in a lot of Rap/Hip Hop’s sensibilities. It’s a great money maker, sure. But artist’s that set the mainstream obsession aside and actually captivate you with real life subject matter is not only rare, but incredibly real.

The piano-oriented beat in this song perfectly parallels the raw emotion behind C. Thoughts‘ vocal and content delivery. The song’s progression helps carry the torch with his message, and really sets the overall tone. The track has that highly effective simplicity, and really gets you to focus on the strong flow and highly skilled rhyming techniques throughout this song. It’s a track that is easily one you could come back to time and time again, and will always grab your attention every time.

C. Thoughts is definitely an artist with incredible passion, powerful content, and will head to bigger places if he sticks with it. “Slave to the Money” is definitely the perfect track to get your foot in the door with his music. We love every component of this song, and its versatility. When you take a listen, you’ll definitely understand why.

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Artist Review: Joe Kool

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to music that never skips a beat, renowned DJ, Joe Kool, delivers the goods with his 30-minute charismatic and upbeat run-through of “This One’s Kool” from his Deep Frequency Mix Sessions; a record of twists and turns, bumps and grinds, and extremely dynamic production value.

The esteemed artist is no stranger to the turntables and has garnered critical acclaim along with an escalating fan base over the years from his insatiable experience in the field of House Music and its components to the genre; opening a world of opportunity to compose and create, to put his vision into an audio reality.

His beats have an old school approach, but have that powerful, punchy edge of today’s sensibility. It’s a brilliant 30-minute segment that’d be perfect for an event like Ultrafest. And though you can hear relentless House artist influences, there’s still a dynamic and versatile edge that makes Joe Kool stand out on his own. His transitioning between samples and the beats are smooth and never stray away from its formula. It has that classic 90s feel with today’s rhythmic and straight-forward production.

I’ve come across a lot of DJ mixes and House artists over the years, and it’s absolutely refreshing to hear something that doesn’t drench you in overpost-production, where the true character of a song or artist might be saturated or overdone. Joe Kool keeps it completely real, and his mixing and mastering efforts on “This One’s Kool” definitely does justice for his DJ abilities.

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Artist Review: Metanoiz – “404040” feat. Chris Rivers (Official Music Video)

Review by: Justyn Brodsky 


Two men, two mics, two minds, and two times the talent, this dynamic duo consisting of Kaydom and Kaydas under the group name Metanoiz, currently signed to rising label Anakeion Music, has been making some mega noise that has garnered these twin brothers critical acclaim, positive reception, and an insatiable fan base since coming out the gate in the Mt. Pocono area of Pennsylvania.

Their hit single “404040 (feat. Chris Rivers)” is an audio and visual journey into something fun, witty, and cleverly executed. Not only do we have some insanely ridiculous rhyming skills dueling between the twin stars, but also a humble and versatile edge in the video content as well.

The beat has a high likability factor between the ambient and energetic approach. But it’s Kaydom and Kaydas‘ supercharged charisma that really puts the icing on the cake. And their Prince-like image certainly helps the mainstream appeal! Both brothers are very unique and share a promising chemistry that’s gonna push their success forward with every new release they put out.

Hip Hop pioneer Chris Rivers also adds to the stew on this track perfectly. His charisma, balance and composure definitely shows parallels to the Metanoiz verses, and is definitely the correct Feature artist for this song; the same way as casting the perfect role for an actor. His rhythms and time signatures also add more uniqueness to the overall approach, and also presents himself above your expectations when spitting his verse among some authentic set designs in the video. The transitioning works, his content is relevant, and really adds a dose of flavor to the overall music video experience.

Another thing I noticed was the passion behind the rhymes. During the in-studio set designed verses, each brother interacts both with the studio mic and the camera shots; showing not only how much fun they are having (a good vibe is never a bad thing) but also showcasing the heart and soul of their artistic merit. And it’s these qualities that not only make this video brilliant, but also shows the insatiability for the love of what they do. And that’s what I believe the industry will take note of ontop of the tag-team top talent of Metanoiz.




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Artist Review #2: Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders – “No One Knows Me” single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


We welcome back Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders for round 2 at the Artist Reach camp, fresh with his new single “No One Knows Me”, an uptempo song with Western-Style Blues and a Country-Rock twist that has solid production and high likability factors.

We once again have great vocal melodies in the forefront to give the twangy guitars all the compliments they need for a perfect blend. The drum tempo is truckin’, the smooth sound is one for all ears, and Roberts‘ band mates definitely bring out the best in his vocal delivery, and him as an artist altogether.

What I love about this record is the traditional sound the band utilizes with today’s music sensibilities. While we may hear key influences from some of the artists we’ve grown to know and love over many decades, Roberts‘ group tend to bring their own cast of characters and song arrangements to the table that really touch on a unique artistic merit. It’s a sound almost any Rock, Blues, or Country fan can appreciate and identify with.

“No One Knows Me” is one of several tracks off of Roberts‘ full-length LP, Greenbah. We highly suggest you check out that record in its entirety and really get the full grasp on what Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders have to offer. It’s a brilliant record from an insatiably talented group of professional musicians.

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Artist Review: SR Gent

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


In today’s Pop & Hip Hop integrated culture, there’s a lot of dime-a-dozen politics that any critic could knit pick. Then, on the contrary, there are other musicpreneur/bloggers that actually listen to the music and find the appreciation for an artist’s craft. That’s a philosophy we are shining a light on with Atlanta Singer/Hip Hop recording artist SR. Gent with his most recent release, Canorous Camisado LP. A fun, witty, and versatile 26-track album with many twists, turns, and likability factors that carry lyrical club themes that definitely adds to the energy of the content.

With his first track “Aloha”, we have a subtle, pleasant, and well-put-together song with some great hooks that bring out the best of each element the track offers. Meanwhile, “Asocial” is a more upbeat club banger that puts an energy in the playing field that resonates with its predecessor, but all the more shows a more dynamic side to SR‘s execution in his signature songwriting and style.

Now “Don’t Let Me Down” has by far one of the catchiest hooks I’ve heard in quite some time. With SR‘s sing-songy style during the verses, it perfectly parallels the chorus along with the production value. If there’s a radio #1 hit that comes from this album, this track holds the crown. 

The chant-worthy “Turn Up Boot Up” once again touches on the sing-songy style, this time with an insatiable gang-vocal chorus that could draw in some relentless crowd participation. And again, we have a ton of versatility with the production value; which not only showcases the most effective way to present SR‘s vocal style, but the beat structures as well. There are some great producers that have contributed to these tracks.

If you’ve made it this far into the LP, then the rest of this record should easily stay in the limelight. Each song offers up something different, however SR. Gent‘s signature sound stays in the stratosphere no matter what approach he takes on.

A little behind the music: Lester R. Smith (also known as SR. Gent) is a passionate Entrepreneur, Artist, Songwriter, and proud Father who dwells in Atlanta, Georgia. Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, his unwavering love for music began early on. The unfortunate loss of his mother at age six, among various other childhood hardships led him down a path of improvement for not only himself, but his family as well. He made a promise to strive for a better life daily, which is a promise he still keeps to this day. 

Currently, SR. Gent is the Owner of LTP inc, an independent record label, which he is also signed to along with his label mates CashOnAble, Alpha Prince, and Stefanello. Prior to his musical journey, SR. Gent was enlisted in the U.S. Army during 2007 and medically retired in 2014 after serving in Korea, Germany, and Afghanistan. It wasn’t until 2013 (at age twenty eight) that SR. Gent started writing and recording music. 

However, he has been writing poetry since the young age of thirteen, making the transition into the realm of music virtually seamless. SR. Gent is well-known for his depth of words, electrifying delivery, and one-of-a-kind, attention-grabbing melodies. While managing a record label and being a full-time father are of primary focus, he is also a graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music.



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Artist Review: K-Son Judah – “Before The Greenlight” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


There are some full-length releases from many iconic artists in the past (most notably: the 90s) where you just don’t skip over one track. No need. Because whether it’s a collection of tracks that aim at several matters of subjects, or even a straight-forward concept, there’s a message that’s manifested throughout every song that will definitively have you revisiting that track; or in this case, album…from start to finish

And thus, this formula fits perfectly with Hip Hop Pioneer K-Son Judah‘s Before The Greenlight LP. An anthemic, powerful, and non-repetitive Hip Hop Album that pays homage to many different every day struggles, and his push towards success.

Right from the jump, we have a track appropriately titled “From Jump”, starting things off with a middle-eastern style melody in the beat’s catchy and buildup approach. K-Son‘s voice completely carries the torch with this as the buildup brings you light at the end of the tunnel with his clever lyricism and witty rhyming skills, which gets you in the mood for what comes next.

We come to “Lounging Freestyle”, perfect for the 90’s homage and even raps about it. This one has a strategic 4/4 tempo that utilizes an R&B sensibility that shows a whole different side to K-Son, and it’s a refreshment to hear this kind of variety and versatility. You can definitely piece together the musical influences that he’s had over the years, but however, still holds the golden keys to a signature sound that can be recognized.

Next up is “B.K.S. (Best Kept Secret). A straight forward anti-hater track banger that lifts K-Son‘s level to keep the skeptics at bay, and for the haters to back up a few steps…or yards in this manner. This is one for the Sony xPlodes sound system, and your club’s energy-lifter.

Then we come to “So Gone Challenge”, taking the tone down a bit from its predecessor, we have a witty bar-for-bar and narrative-style that even displays some very clever comparisons to some of today’s artist greats like Biggie, Snoop Dogg, DMX, and some others. It has a very uplifting 50s/60s approach that beautifully fits right in the beat’s balance and composure. This is a memorable track you’ll be taking notes on.

Now next track, “Bakers Dozen”, condones more of an industrial approach, but still boasts a brilliant likability factor. K-Son never fails to impress you with his “mic-check” introductions to grab your attention and eventually, you end up sucked into every measure of the song regardless. This track I believe shows a great amount of diversity now that we’re in the mid-range of the album, and it keeps your spirits lifted as you green light your audio player through this song, then to the next track.

“Elevators” is definitely the chill-out track on this album. Though K-Son brings a powerful overtone with him, he can still manage to hop on board with a more subtle song structure. This once again demonstrates his versatility, likability, and diversity among his skills as a songwriter altogether. This one is great for the soul.

Now “I Don’t Wanna” is one of the two anchor singles that have been sailing the ship forward for this LP. You’ll understand why when you listen. It has a piano-oriented yet energetic vibe that comes with some female sex appeal in the intro and chorus. This track I believe brings all the goods, ranging from content, continuity, charisma, and character. This is a great first impression for this LP, and helps it create the hype necessary for its prototype and complex.

With the next track, “Keep It Moving Skit”, we have something that helps tie these tracks together and bring out K-Son‘s persona. His voice is still in the forefront with the defining factors that make not only this album what it is, but he as a Rapper as well. Take a listen to this one, and you’ll hear a demonstration of a well put-together stew — where all the ingredients are just right, otherwise it’s just a soup. Pay attention to this track if the predecessors have intrigued you the same way it did for us.

Then we have “Back To Business”, hit single #2 on behalf of this album’s marketing. Now comparatively, this is great to show off as a track that has different dynamics. While “I Don’t Wanna” gave you an entirely different taste of energy, this song definitely shines light on a much different kind of versatility with K-Son‘s approach. So I believe both singles, regardless of the order they were released, did wonders to really bring out the artistic merit this LP offers.

“Last Tears” is hands down a spilling of emotions, and presented very effectively. From what I possibly anticipated as a ballad threw me off guard, but that’s one of K-Son‘s most effective tricks; expect the unexpected. This portrays a vast array of emotions, and maybe even a spilling of guts. However you look at it, this is one you’ll be passing around to your friends at the very least.

Now we have “Shook Ones Challenge”, another anthemic chill-out track but with that same dose of energy that K-Son always puts his signature on. You’ll love the wordsmith-worthy rhymes in this one too, where you soon begin to capture and adore the writing formula he has. This one really puts it on the table, meanwhile, while playing his cards close to the vest — no hints, just hits. Campaign slogan perhaps?

“Taking Off” comes at you with an 80’s drumbeat and never lets up — enough said! Just listen to this one!

Then we conclude with “Deep Cover” we have a self-reflective track accompanied by a smooth bass line. This is a tale of angst, hard riding, and making sure that you never go unnoticed or inactive. The clever use of samples is what grabbed me on this one, and just brought something fun for the mix. This is a message for the skeptics, critics, and doubters. And rightly so.

If you’re looking for the next anthem to tickle that G-Spot for the love of Hip Hop, K-Son Judah comes out swingin’ with Before The Greenlight. Besides the insatiable versatility, you won’t hear the same song twice from this artist. This is not just a Rapper to listen to, but to also research into as well. I guarantee his artist development has a lot of stories that go with it. But no matter what you do. Visit your favorite Music Streaming App and download this album! We at Artist Reach give a greenlight to Before The Greenlight!



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