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: 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: Stone White – Get On Down (Official Music Video)

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


An exercise in funky, energetic, and theatrical antics that will force you onto the dance floor. Recording Artist Stone White takes us on a fun, witty, and charismatic journey into his comedic music video concept and swingin’ grooves with the Official Music Video for his song “Get On Down”, a hit single from his album Groove Thang.

There are so many different elements that makes Stone White a standout of his kind. From his dancing/choreography abilities and his groove-infused horn section that solidifies his band’s signature sound, this definitely brings us back to an era of music that never died in the first place. In fact, White has put a new spin on it with his high production value and his James Brown and Jamiroquai crossover.

This video just amps you up from the beginning and has a comedic edge immediately from the beginning. Ever seen elderly folk from a nursing home get out of their wheelchairs and walkers to bust out some top-of-the-line dance moves? Well, you will now. It’s a great theme, fits the formula, and with the insatiable talent that the music brings not only makes this video effective, but addictive. This is music we don’t really hear often anymore, and I truly think our friends over at Motown would be enamored by an artist like Stone White.

If you’re looking for something fun, refreshing, with energy that will absolutely captivate you without a dull moment, this video is for you; as well as the song altogether.

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