Artist Review: Ozi – “Louder Than Words” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With a strong lyrical flow and dynamic rhyming techniques, we get a powerfully versatile listening experience from LA-based rapper Ozi‘s Louder Than Words EP.

And I believe that should be the first honorable mention about this record – the versatility. Each beat delivers up something different but has that tendency to really explore the facets of classic genres including Jazz, R&B and the eclectic nature of each track. All which gives Ozi the breathing room to show off different angles of his skills behind the mic and his ability to put a signature touch on every song. That in and of itself is next-level all on its own.

Louder Than Words also passes the torch between subtle feel-good chill tracks and the visceral energy of straight up bangers. Ozi diligently adds his craft to what is most appropriate and what is also most effective. And when listening to these tracks, you can tell he knows the distinction perfectly. He gathers the vibe and aura of each beat structure and utilizes a technique that makes each song a well dressed outfit; and realizes that sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. And it reflects his artistic merit beautifully.

Ozi displays an array of likability factors and never fails to keep you focused and on your feet. And if you’re sitting, it’ll be at the edge of your seat. The facets of Louder Than Words is really showcased by the overall presence that Ozi gives each song as a whole. Otherwise – it’s just a beat. But with Ozi at the forefront of these beats, they become anthems. And these actions definitely speak – louder than words.

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    Artist Highlight: Steve James

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Emerging from the elite Los Angeles music scene in California, R&B recording artist Steve James began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2005 and since that time has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization; and has no intention of slowing down his momentum anytime soon.

    Originally hailing from Indianapolis Indiana, Steve moved to California to further his music career as a singer & songwriter to build his audience and develop his creative niche. Known for charismatic vocal techniques and dynamic melody structures, his music resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving his audience a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable to the avid R&B listener.

    Influenced by major players in the game like Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Frankie Beverly, Tank, Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosius, Steve has already garnered an insatiable fan base and Internet presence, which allowed him to open the doors with his indie label Dream Big Music Group. He has released 6 independent projects since his inception and currently has a tour lined up for Fall & Winter including dates in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York.

    These days, he knows how to enjoy life, using his craft to be a vital voice for on-the-rise independent artists, continuing its movement with his community and fan base, and living the life of a prospective artist. He has come a long way since his beginnings and is driven to maintain his originality and to keep shooting for greatness. Judging by his success so far, Steve James is well on his way to the top. R&B fans will soon be knowing him as a household name.

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