Exclusive Artist Review: STB The Don – “Project Home” Mixtape

Rising 22-year-old recording artist STB The Don has been hitting the ground running since his inception into the Hip Hop world. His distinctive, hypnotic signature sound is a very visceral listening experience and is made apparent now more than ever in his newest effort ‘Project Home’, an anthemic 10-track mixtape with many crucial defining factors that delve deep into the artist’s artistic merit.

This record is anything but ordinary. Opening tracks “Sobriety Check”and “Hooligan” are very ambient and versatile, capturing a futuristic aura with old school elements accompanied by impressively stylistic bars and a smooth flow. These two tracks in particular really showcase STB’s craft in a way that is effective as well as objective, and really shines a light on his multifaceted approach. The clever lyrical outbursts are diligently put-together, giving each track their own narrative and structure to give a great sense of ability, balance and composure. Another notable track is “Don’t Understand”, which garners a heavy presence of crucial 90s influences emanating from the beat structure, offering up an element of nostalgia not often heard in today’s Hip Hop realm. It’s a refreshing track with a well-written hook, serving up a tasteful melody that parallels brilliantly with the song’s witty bar execution. This one showcases STB at a different angle but supplies the consistency and effectiveness of the previous tracks, giving the listener a taste of versatility as the record plays out. There’s impressive twists and turns on several tracks and you’ll get several doses of many crucial artist elements throughout the mixtape’s duration.

If this is your first time hearing STB The Don, then you’re in for quite a treat. ‘Project Home’ will absolutely cement every listener into fan status, if they aren’t one already that is. The record officially drops on July 9th and will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Era’nay – “Elevate” EP

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In today’s overwhelmingly convoluted music industry, not many artists can truly deliver a signature sound and aura that encapsulates the R&B and Soul atmosphere quite like Louisville’s current rising starlet Era’nay. An artist that has been hitting the ground running since her soul soothing voice began gracing the musical landscape with her natural talent, persona, and knack of writing diligently crafted songs that brilliantly balance equal parts originality and familiarity; boasting an authentic style that successfully touches on today’s more modern sensibility as well as yesterday’s nostalgic R&B/Soul eras that have helped garner the impactful genre it is today.

Drawing reminiscence to industry notables like Toni Braxton and Patti Labelle, Era’nay’s songs also preserve a classic sound that almost any avid fan of the world of R&B can resonate with, and we get a deep dive into this musical aura with her most recent EP ‘Elevate’. An anthemic collection of six tracks that truly encompass Era’nay’s authenticity, gifted songwriting/melody structures, ability as a naturally gifted vocalist, and even her vulnerability as an artist – in only the best possibly ways. Opening tracks on this record are “Waiting For” and “In My Feelings (feat. T. Real & Darrin Lee Jr.)”. Both are hypnotic and feel like the best musical back rub you’ve received in decades; and especially sets the tone for what the rest of the record brings. Era’nay’s vocal delivery especially is beautifully subtle in all the right places and really showcases her ability to construct a very powerful, integrative lead melody that is memorable, catchy and leaves you with a visceral listening experience.

Moving onto one of her anchor singles of the EP, her song “Lesson” is a little more upbeat, bluesy and explores a bit more into the facets of her vocal range and musical persona. The Rhodes keys riff on this track from the very beginning is insatiably enticing and really delves into the musicianship factors that brilliantly parallel with the above-average production value. It’s a great demonstration of hearing how Era’nay can integrate her signature style into different musical atmospheres that cover more angles of her artistic merit. This one, just like the previous tracks on this EP, really add to the diversity aspect when it comes to composing effective vocal melodies regardless how much the music can tend to change or shift over.

Lastly, her closing track “Farewell”, which was also released as a single prior to the full EP release, reiterates back to the record’s beginnings with this track’s hypnotic aura. It closes the record with the same modernly nostalgic measures that set the tone for the record in the first place. It’s a brilliant ending to the record that reconnects with the EP’s beginning where it started it all; giving the audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Overall, Era’nay has served up a six-track hypnotic record that has so far amassed an insatiable presence and reception. It’s a true high-quality record with unquestionably above average production value which has helped create the visceral listening experience that ‘Elevate’ has brought to the table since its release date. It’s a must-hear on just about every account and will leave you with that musical feeling of warmth which has become relatively scarce in today’s modern music realm.

‘Elevate’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music , iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be beyond happy you gave her a listen.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Lawson J – “Not Yet A Star” Single/Video

Known for his multifaceted and distinctive style that diligently combines versatile mixes of R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Latin, and Soul, rising artist/producer and songwriter Lawson J has amassed an insatiably widespread buzz and industry acclaim since his inception into the market years ago. Drawing person influences from industry heavyweights including Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Michael Jackson, Lawson J through his ability to wear many different hats when it comes to his many roles in the musical realm has successfully proven that he is far beyond the industry standard. And we get direct proof of that with his newest single “Not Yet A Star”.

Featuring a track that has an ambient beat structure with a swagger sensibility and accompanied by a very cleverly edited official music video Lawson J really comes out swinging with his captivating sing-songy style that truly carries the torch throughout the song’s duration. His distinctive flow is effective in today’s modern music realm, but still succeeds in integrating that classic indie 90s and mid-2000s mix that has helped shape the genre into what it is today, which we’ve come to know and love over many years. And that’s one of the biggest strengths about this single – the ability to tailor to just about any Hip Hop fan no matter what era they may support.

LJ’s melody choices on this single are comprised of clever lyrical outbursts and intellectually crafted bars, all topped with a flow that gives every listener a true visceral listening experience. “Not Yet a Star” truly encompasses this artist’s artistic merit and musicianship factors, which really delves into the content that has sustained above-average standards that demonstrate that both the production and performance value showcase equal parallels. It’s a song you need to hear to believe. The single is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. Once you give it a listen, you’ll be glad you did.


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