Artist Review: LEX – “Right & Wrong” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A strong Pop sensibility with R&B the way it was meant to be is a rare gem to find in today’s music realm. That’s why you’re gonna be glad you discovered LEX‘s new single “Right & Wrong”. At only 18 years of age, this rising starlet delivers up a truly ambient and captivating track that projects authenticity, musicianship, and a dynamic we just don’t hear in today’s music anymore.

This song reels you in from the beginning; an essence of enchantment and production value that showcases the charisma LEX carries herself with. With a smooth verse to grasp at our heartstrings, you can clearly hear the raw talent and perfected vocal range LEX brings out.

Her moods are subtle and charismatic in all the right places, and the chorus is an absolute payoff in both melody structure and lyrical content. This is definitely a track that will relentlessly stick in your head. It has that rare element we don’t see nearly as often anymore, and that’s staying power — a song that’ll stay with you even after it’s over, and one you can come back to time and time again. And also the ability to entice you to research more into LEX‘s catalogue.

“Right & Wrong” is a song for those who long for the glory days of classic R&B, and today’s more notable mainstream components that remind us that there is still great music out there to be discovered. When you take a listen to this track yourself, you’ll see exactly what we mean; and we have no doubt you’ll love this song just as much as we do.

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Artist Review: j0nny chidi – “Know The Deal” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Today’s Hip Hop and R&B sensibilities can be quite contemporary and sometime end up falling flat. But we don’t get any of that with j0nny chidi‘s single “Know The Deal” by any means.

Well known for his sing-songy style and charismatic hooks, this track really delivers the goods on production value, mainstream quality, and a multifaceted approach that really gives this artist a powerful foundation to his musicianship.

With clever and charismatic flows that parallel the catchy hooks, “Know The Deal” is a fantastic modernized approach to today’s better new school outfits that could easily be in rotation with the industry heavyweights currently being played on Hot 97.

This song’s mix has a very well-put-together chemistry, and uses many of today’s more utilized studio plugins in a tasteful way as opposed to an over saturated one. It’s a track that is upbeat, but sustains an implemented ambient touch as well, which really allows you to delve in deeper into not only this track, but entices you to research more into chidi‘s catalogue to really give you the outlet to get to know this artist better.

This artist is definitely heading somewhere. And it shows masterfully on this single. And once you take a listen to “Know The Deal” yourself, you’ll know what we’re talking about.

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Artist Review: Trilhoutte – “1×1 = X” Single 

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A track that has yesterday’s Classic R&B foundation with today’s Hip Hop sensibility is quite a treat. It’s also a chemistry that sets the groundwork for marketing and reaching an audience that is bound to take an immediate liking to what is presented.

That’s what makes Trilhoutte‘s infectiously catchy single “1×1 = X” the gem that it really is, and glistens with some very high likability factors with its versatility and familiarity of the genre that this song combines in its own effective way.

With sing-songy stylized verses that could be comparable to Ne-Yo and Nelly, the Rapping and melody combination emulates a fluid and charismatically well-crafted flow that brings out a versatile edge that sets this song apart from your average artist. The syllable-wise and wordsmithy approach really hits home without sounding generic, run-of-the-mill, or pretentious. 

This is a track that shines on a whole other level, while still being able to utilize the mainstream elements of today’s Hip Hop and R&B that you might hear on Hot 97 or 106 & Park. This song has one key factor that is very difficult to compose with today’s saturated pop-culture influenced songwriting–staying power. That memorable and infectious feeling you get after the song is over; something that stays with you and perhaps becomes a part of you. It’s a very hard thing to achieve, and even in today’s industry standard of what is called a “hit song” still doesn’t do justice to true staying power that a song can manifest. And Trilhoutte accomplishes this rarity with this single.



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Artist Review: Aynxt – “Sweat” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


This artist is highly acclaimed, and rightfully so. But when it comes to reviewing just one song of his, it’s almost hard to find the words.

With a several-octave vocal range doused with spot-on harmonies in a Soulful touch to the EDM sensibility, Aynxt‘s new single “Sweat” is an explosion of versatility and undeniable talent with his dynamic signature sound and image equally, leaving you with a Justin Timberlake-meets-Jamiroquai type of track that is infectious, breathless, and charismatically electric.

Basically, this song is anything but a letdown. The insatiable catchiness of every melody is in the forefront with a multifaceted beat and progression setting the foundation to the song’s overall formula. It’s a great chemistry, and this artist’s likability factors in the vocal department is absolutely one of the defining factors to this track in every way.

The verses are subtle and build up in a way that doesn’t leave you lingering. It’s a perfect showcase of the mid-ranged vocals before the explosive chorus comes in; which I believe is the best way to showcase Aynxt altogether. 

“Sweat” completely blindsided me with the talent factors and at-times genre-bending moments that really give birth to this song. The production value doesn’t stray away from putting Aynxt‘s vocals in the forefront, and the song progression and structure fits perfectly in a track with this kind of persona. Regardless, “Sweat” is a huge breath of fresh air.

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Artist Album Review: C.H.A.D. The Change – “The Red Pill” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Versatile, political, relentless, and emotional, this Hip Hop full-length with R&B elements that combines a diversified chemistry from yesterday and today’s Rap styles is a very memorable collection of tracks that surrounds a theme of economic and social struggles.

Award-Winning Hip Hop Pioneer and Activist C.H.A.D. The Change‘s The Red Pill LP emphasizes on a lot of issues, personal and universal problems that are endured every day by an aghast society, along with production value and versatility that showcases the many powerful messages this album has to offer in the most effective ways possible.

With a handful of elite feature artists making appearances on several tracks to supply some ear-catchy verses, hooks, and everything in between, The Red Pill is definitely a rollercoaster of raw emotions and important messages all put together to bring an overall picture to the forefront. And one of the things I loved about this album is how each track had something different to offer up in its overall execution. It isn’t repetitive, but at the same time doesn’t stray from its path.

“Negative Energy” definitely caught my ear with its hooky chorus, and 90’s influenced beat that showcases this song’s lyrical content beautifully. C.H.A.D.‘s mid-ranged voice has mainstream quality and definitely has that quality in a way that makes you feel that he was destined to Rap. Ontop of his vocal quality, his witty and clever rhyming structures add to his seemingly endless amount of likability factors. And brings with him a signature sound that is true breath of fresh air.

“Change The World” is another song that caught my ear with its charismatic hook and dynamically uplifting vibe. It’s another track that shows many defining factors to C.H.A.D.‘s versatility as well as ability. Especially if you’re a fan of Rappers that can sing some of their own hooks. But overall, this track is an absolute gem and follows the formula this LP ties together.

Best part about The Red Pill is you won’t hear the same thing twice. Each track, though casting light on specific concepts, offers up something new and lovable on every song. To me, this is an album of Anthems. Songs that could stand on their own with a powerful foreground, or blend in with a collection of other Anthems that stir up into a chemistry explosion of something amazing altogether. And that’s what this LP really shines on. The fact that this is an LP that really took its time to make sure every track was on point. That way you won’t have one song to skip over. You’ll love every track The Red Pill has to offer.

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Artist Review: Jimi Wasabe – “Far ‘N Away” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


A versatile and multifaceted take on Acoustic-forefronted R&B and sensuality, this upbeat single by Canadian recording artist Jimi Wasabe really shines with his articulate vocal range, clever lyrical content, and melody driven hooks.

“Far ‘N Away” is a very charismatic exercise of many positive moods. Between the tenderness of the verses, vocal vibrates, and a strong chorus to add in the fibers of energy, this track has many elements that really make this song the gem that it really is.

With influences ranging from Al Green to Usher, this is a really fun and well put-together love song with some extra added flavor. It’s a track that stays with you, and has that staying power only good melodies can achieve. And this really puts Jimi Wasabe‘s songwriting and performing talents right in the forefront with a strong and solid impression.

There is also a universal sound to Wasabe‘s approach. His dynamic acoustic stylized signature sound has great radio sensibility, and his genre can be booked at just about any Venue or Event that has an audience eager to hear a very uplifting and lovable style and image that Wasabe has been making his mark with. Once you take a listen to “Far ‘N Away” yourself, then you’ll realize just how high his likability factors are, and just how brilliant this song is.

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Artist Review: Jimmie Smith – “Forty Three” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A spiritual soothing of the soul with the ability to sway your hips at the same time.

That’s one of the things that came to mind with Florida-based R&B/Pop artist Jimmie Smith‘s single “Forty Three”. A groovy R&B song that immediately showcases a feel-good nature from the components of the initial beat and vocal melodies that really display the defining factors of this track altogether. Every melody fits perfectly with the song’s key signature and leaves plenty of room for Smith to bring his vocal talent’s impressive range to the forefront, which gives this song high likability factors.

Though Smith presents himself with his own signature sound, you can hear influences ranging from industry powerhouse artists such as: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Major Lazer, Bryson Tiller, and more.

Jimmie Smith is an extremely gifted artist pushing the envelope of possibilities through distinct musical innovation. He possesses a hybrid approach to his music that remains authentic to his overall vision of a self-motivated prodigy navigating through the epitomes of the ever-changing music industry. And that’s a crucial factor among today’s artists. Because Smith is an artist that seems to understand that paying your dues and getting hands-on with the industry is very significant, and I believe that fact alone puts the up & coming artist ahead of the game, as opposed to a lot of artists these days that believe fame is an overnight endeavor (AKA “Tunnel Vision”).

“Forty Three” is a soul-soother and hip-mover all rolled up in one rhythmic package with all the right components; melody, harmony, authenticity, and god-given talent that isn’t covered up or altered by post-production theatrics. It’s the perfect song to listen to if discovering Jimmie Smith for the first time, and it’s also a breath of fresh air that a song like this isn’t drowned in auto-tune or any kind of genre-bending. It’s a brilliant song utilizing elements of R&B, Soul, Vibe, and Hip Hop ingredients, making “Forty Three” a Number One favorite!

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