Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky
Coming out the gate in 2019 with his critically acclaimed album ‘December Son’, recording artist Cameron Jay has been hitting the ground running since he bursted onto the market and has become a vital voice in the NYC Hip Hop community. Since the album’s release, CJ has manifested into a rising artist with an insatiable street buzz and extensive fan base; and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Packed with clever lyrical punches and dynamic rhyming techniques, Cameron Jay‘s rapping style is multifaceted and versatile, which is showcased with 10 finely tuned tracks that put his writing abilities right to the forefront. The track “Peter Rabbit Jr.” is cleverly executed and has a nostalgic 90s beat that gives great callbacks to industry heavyweights like TuPac, Biggie and those alike. This album also has a plethora of excellent feature artists. The track “Hustle (feat. Pretty Girl 1st, S Da Don & K.I.N.G.)” is a visceral collab effort that puts each artist on a high pedestal with bold precision and climactic structuring. It’s definitely one of the many standouts of the album and engages in more of a modern aura compared to the previous track.
The track “Ya Tu Sabe (feat. Ran Jay)” is dangerously catchy and really focuses on well written wordsmithy antics that hone in on several angles of Cameron‘s skill set. The melody choices in the chorus are just about flawless and this’ll definitely be one of the tracks on this record you’ll find yourself coming back to. Closing tracks “Sex In My Mercedes”, “Gold Chain” and “Miss You (feat. Tru Vocalz & Islima)” are some of the most flavorful as well as favorable. Combining R&B vibes that cleverly balance a signature sound that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, these 3 tracks in particular have melody, swagger and smoothly written bars in all the right places. A little more raunchy than Soulja Boy but not nearly as explicit as Plies, per se, these songs are crafty, catchy and have the perfect amount of edge to reel you in with its cleverness, and win you over with its realism. They’re highly impressive tracks that could easily market themselves as their own trilogy.
One thing ‘December Son’ has is staying power. The ability to stay with you even after it’s over, and will easily find its way onto your playlists for repeat listens. It’s an album that’ll also entice you to research more into Cameron Jay‘s career as well as past, present and future releases. You can find ‘December Son’ on Apple Music, Spotify and other digital music streaming platforms. We can not recommend this record highly enough, and you’ll definitely note it as a must-listen for 2020.
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