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: Roman

Review by: Justyn Brodsky, Dave Welsh, & Martin Abrams


NYC-based Country/Indie Acoustic artist, Roman, that also encompasses a 90’s influence with his dynamic and catchy acoustic-oriented centerpiece to his music, has been building himself quite the empire lately; among fans, presentation, and overall musical inspiration and evolution as a professional musician.

And with that said, his upcoming album, appropriately titled Empire, has collectively been an anticipated release among fans, and also some of Roman‘s best material to date. 

Tracks from this upcoming LP like “Thank You” and “Without You Here” demonstrate perfect elements of what to expect from Roman‘s upcoming release. He’s been hard at work in the studio with this album and has yet to show any disappointment with the samples he’s released. His sound is versatile, eclectic, and expresses a very hybrid, emotional, and captivating signature sound that is not only refreshing but also universal in a way where almost anyone can enjoy a musical-approach in the way Roman does.

His album Empire is definitely a collection of tracks that pays homage to not only an insatiable era of music with today’s sensibility, but to his fans as well. And to anyone new that discovers Roman, will be very glad they did.

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Artist Review: Jerome “J-Easy” Weaver

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

An inspirational sound and vibe that caresses the soul, Jerome “J Easy” Weaver captivates audiences from all over the landscape with his world-class Jazz sound with beautiful integrations of Swing, Bossa-Nova, and R&B moods. 

Both of his releases, “Just Me” and “Cooling Water” offer up many magical and inspirational qualities in Weaver‘s self-written and self-produced compositions. With great classical uses of Caribbean style drum tempos, Saxaphone leads, and well-polished guitar progressions, we have an innovative and dynamic sound that is soothing, beautifully crafted, and universal with the advantage of bringing a traditional style of music to the table that could be booked at high class events, weddings, hotels, cruises, and just about anywhere.

Weaver‘s influences range from dynamic composers such as George Benson, Bill Withers, and Lee Ritenour. And he has been blessed to work with Presonus Studio One, Ableton Live, Falcon, and Band-In-A-Box; recording distributed exclusively through CD Baby.

As an artist, he gathers many personal inspirations from his wanderlust. He has been to many different countries, islands, as well as events that host his favorite genres of music. He is a true Jazz enthusiast and really brings his love for the genre to the forefront with his compositions. This is music for the soul and spirit, unconditionally. Weaver has been a professional Musician for years, and his showcase of talent is a joy to behold. If you love Jazz, then “Just Me” and “Cooling Water” will lift your spirits and remind you just how much of an impact this genre really is, and always has been.

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Artist Review: Antonio Dudley – “Regret It” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


There are some songs that truly showcase someone’s ability and talent in the most powerful way, by knowing the genre their voice was meant for, or for their insatiable writing ability. We get a direct hit with Antonio Dudley‘s “Regret It” (Feat. The Myster-E).

With a beat that pulls you right in, we have an auspicious introduction into the realm and feeling that Dudley‘s craft portrays. His vocal talent and passion is present almost immediately and it’s sung with the perfect balance and composure, putting a dynamic versatility behind the song along with the spot-on production value. There’s an ambience in the beat as well that I believe really makes this song as effective as it really is. It’s an extremely refreshing approach, and it’s apparent right when the song starts.
There’s also a magnetic energy behind this song. It especially takes place when Feature artist The Myster-E puts in his Hip Hop/Rap edge into the overall mix. It fits the chemistry perfectly and puts more astonishment into the song’s overall persona with the message it delivers. The likability factor is so high, it could possibly be a flawless track. Either way you dissect it, it’s almost impossible to dislike in any way.

Antonio Dudley‘s single definitely entices you to check out more of his music, and this single is definitely the correct one if he’s looking for instant-fan status. Chances are, anyone who stumbles upon “Regret It“…won’t regret it at all. You’ll absolutely love this song. 

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Artist Review: Trusoul Davis

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Bringing back the smooth R&B sound we’ve all come to know over the 90’s era, and a touch of today’s Neo Soul sensibility that beautifully compliments the style and song delivery, Cleveland rising artist Trusoul Davis has brought a very sensual and passionate sound to the table with his infectious vocal melodies, and naturally gifted voice that perfectly showcases the music he has been creating over the years.

Trusoul probably could name off an endless list of influences, but when I take a listen to him, I hear a very great take on a genre that really knows how to capture the soul. His song “What About Me” off of his most recent album really demonstrates the heart behind the talent and really puts different musical focuses throughout the song’s structure. The intro is very curious, and even puts some theatrical foreshadowing into the song’s content as his very impressive one-track verse showcases Trusoul‘s sensual, real, and attractive vocal approach that keeps the listener interested, and perhaps in an anticipated state by wondering what the Chorus is going to bring to the approach.

The Chorus does not disappoint, at all. Just like the 90’s influence that was spoken of with some fantastically executed vocal overdubs and room for harmonies, it just comes together as one powerful Chorus that brings every true melody most effective in this song to the forefront, while keeping everything interesting in the backdrop, and side panels of the mix. Trusoul definitely knows how to melt your heart with beautiful vocal melodies, especially in his chance to bring forth a flawlessly performed, and produced Chorus like the one here in “What About Me”.

It’s hard to find R&B nowadays that isn’t smeared with several Feature Artists (Rappers, Singers, etc.). It’s refreshing to hear one brilliant artist put his self-taught work and solo-vocals strictly into the music’s entirety. And this comes as no surprise coming from an Artist that has an insatiable love for the 90s (as most of us do). Trusoul Davis has this song and the rest of his Album for sale, and is also able to be heard on ReverbNation as well as a nation-wide range of Radio Stations, Podcasts, Music Blogs, Music Retailers, and more. I truly recommend this Artist in every way. Chances are if you listen to this song, you’ll want to hear them all. Prepare to become instant-fan status after lending your eardrums to Trusoul Davis.

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Artist Review: Alonzo

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Danielle Ferguson


A presentation of laid-back, imaginative, and a more subtle & ambient approach to Hip Hop allowing a song to have more foreground to showcase the true nature of an Artist’s actual talent like it is meant to be.

This description is perfectly fitting to Recording Artist, Alonzo, and his single “TRIPPYNation”. A Hip Hop song that eases you in, rather than sounding alarms and setting off sirens that the genre obnoxiously tends to hit you over the head with. 

This is not the case for Alonzo at all, and throughout most of the Hip Hop we’ve been reviewing over these past months, it seems to be heading in a similar if not very close to the same approach among the underground Hip Hop artists we’ve discovered and reviewed. Which in my opinion, if the major label artists don’t tone it down a bit, the Indie/Underground is gonna push them out of the way. Or these brilliant underground Hip Hop artists could possibly risk being plagiarized. 

Alonzo‘s track has a very R&B-oriented beat that makes this song melodic, emotional, innovative, and very memorable. It has that staying power where you could put this track on repeat, but better yet, let the tracks play out. Especially his song “Mystique”. Another song with a clear presentation of how well executed Alonzo‘s talent is with the forefront’s room to show off his dynamically gifted mic skills and witty nature to his rhyming.

Again, Alonzo is more solidified proof that Indie Hip Hop is going to be tossing a tarp over the majors and nailing down each corner with a railroad spike. Connect, listen, reach out, and get to know these artists before it’s too late! Because these artists are heading for much bigger things sooner than you think.

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Artist Review: AMARU 

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A great message and great vocals that perfectly parallel each other. This is a truly inspiring song, and Artist.

AMARU‘s single “Independence Day” is a song with catchy hooks, dynamic vocals, that showcases top-notch production, and has an Official Music Video with great visual narratives that add the power of the song’s overall delivery of its message.

AMARU has a fantastic image, gifted vocal ability, and you can tell from this track alone that his passion for music is ever present, along with the portrayal of positive vibes and keeping the concept of love and passion alive. 

The song’s content is bound to inspire you, spiritually uplift you, and make you want to explore more of AMARU‘s catalogue of music. His Official Music Video for “Independence Day” definitely gets you in a way where you can grasp more of his vibe of positivity, captivating image, and the song’s message in the most powerful way.

AMARU‘s single for “Independence Day” along with other songs of his, are currently available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and other digital outlets. 

We at Artist Reach recommend this song in every way; it has great charisma, a great beat, message, and vibe altogether. 10 out of 10. This is a must-listen.
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