Album Review: Rocky Jones – “Welcome To Vultureville” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


I have a lot of Hip Hop of all prototypes come through our platform. Some artists are veterans while others may be just starting out. And for this 24-year old up & comer from Trenton, New Jersey, we have an up & comer that hit the ground running.

This young fresh artist goes by Rocky Jones, a very charismatic and passionate artist that decided to come out of the gate with something that will give people the first and best impression upon discovery; and that ear-grabbing effort is his LP Welcome To Vultureville. A collection of tracks that not only showcases Jones‘ writing and performing abilities, but done in a way where every song could easily be deemed an anthem, with some of the best production value today’s Hip Hop could offer.

Starting out with track 1 we have the Soul-driven “Passion 4 Paper”,  a great track opener with a strong presence of vocal delivery, rhythmic flow with versatility, and a very effective progression in the overall execution of the song that perfectly parallels the high quality production value. This track will definitely entice you to keep listening.

Following up with “Single for the Summertime”, which landed as #1 on the Beatscore Weekly Top 25, we have an energetic and upbeat song that does perfect justice to the title. An anthem that dynamically expresses the perks of summertime, and with a positive edge that touches on today’s mainstream market in a very effective way. This also an anthem for the ladies, and about the ladies. So DJs should definitely be adding this one to their spin list at the club.

Now “Baby Don’t Change” is another upbeat banger with undeniable hooks and production value. The charisma in this track is very evident, and adds spice to the overall projection of the content, mood, and overall signature sound that Jones delivers on every track. No matter the mood, content, or subject matter, Jones knows how to integrate his persona in all the proper places as an artist. And this track, is indeed another demonstration of that.

With the sexually scandalous “Side Nigga”, we definitely have the laid-back track on the album, however, with a great lyrical twist. Everyone wants a side piece once in awhile. And in this version, we get to see it through a different perspective. It’s a tale of wanting to be chased instead of doing the chasing. You wanna be her side piece. Rather than her being ours. Stroke of genius in the content. A rhythmic flow with the perfect attitude in vocal delivery, and one of my personal favorites on this LP.

With the next track “Brother’s Keeper”, we have a great mix of what we’ve heard so far on this LP, and all the elements that make this album as effective as it is. There’s a more relaxed vocal delivery, but the R&B sensibilities really help carry the torch on this one and definitely thrusts the likability factors into overdrive. 

Last but not least, “Summer’s Over” is another anthemic and powerful R&B oriented track that combines an insatiable mix of yesterday’s and today’s mainstream Hip Hop sensibilities. This one has the signature sound we’ve come to love about this album so far, and is a perfect track for almost any mood. Jones really knows how to hit it out of the park with his charisma and rhythmic flow techniques. And just like every predecessor we’ve heard, this track fits the Rocky Jones formula. And for an up & comer, I’m incredibly excited to hear what he comes out with later on as his career manifests.

Welcome to Vultureville LP is definitely one of the best Hip Hop albums that has come through our network from a fresh artist. With this LP, Rocky Jones is armed with something that a lot of Artists lose sight of for success: an album of killer songs! Pick this record up as soon as you can. You will have a hard time believing that something this mind blowing came from a young, fresh artist.

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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: 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: 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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