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Jaxon Brown

Master's in Journalism Student at Northwestern University, Chicago.

213 posts by

Jaxon Brown

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Run Through It – [Allstar JR]

By Jaxon Brown // 30 Sep 2022

Throughout the last year, Detroit artists have continued to flood my library. This time, it’s Allstar JR with his newest track and accompanying visual to “Run Through It,” an incredibly catchy piece produced by the legendary multi-platinum producer Helluva. A comedic advertisement/skit opens up the visual, shot by Get A Bag Film Group, and sets the tone for the rest of the track and parody video. Besides the creative transitions, framing, and animation, the images of JR partying with feigns at a gas station make this video incredibly unique and I was glued to the screen for its entirety. Not to be overlooked by the visual, Allstar JR absolutely kills the delivery. Although he can go bar for bar with any rapper in the game, he prides himself on his ability to make music with high replay value, something I noticed immediately with this track. It’s no surprise the video is thriving, with over 140K views already on YouTube. Check it out, as “Run Through It” continues to do impressive numbers.

Real One – [Young Moe]

By Jaxon Brown // 30 Sep 2022

Seasoned veteran Young Moe follows an impressive run of singles with his newest album release in Real One. This 19-track masterpiece further solidified the Virginia rapper’s remarkable discography, one that includes 13 other projects and collaborations with some of the industry’s biggest names including Kevin Gates, NoCap, and Chief Keef. Standout tracks on this project come in “No Fake Love,” “Not a Option,” “7 AM in Alexandria,” and my personal favorites “We Different,” and “Spaceship,” which features DMV-legend Shy Glizzy. Real One presents an in-depth look into the mindset of Young Moe’s most vulnerable thoughts and encounters, which you can hear woven throughout all 19 songs on his new mixtape. You can feel the passion and importance of this project, as Moe even included his wife’s and kids’ voices in the project. Young Moe further proved his authenticity by making the strategic decision to feature only DMV acts on his newest project. Moe’s distinctive, unique voice and poignant lyrics keep fans hanging onto every bar. Real One is sure to be a massive hit, I advise you to tap in before you’re late. Peep on Spotify below!

Project Pyano – [Pyano]

By Jaxon Brown // 30 Sep 2022

Yet another Canadian artist has found his way into my library, this time with Montreal-based Pyano, who released a brand-new project titled Project Pyano, after his latest single and accompanying video “Gettin Mine” grabbed my attention last month. The Ottawa-born rapper is unique, drawing sounds from multiple genres and showing uncommon versatility that’s sought after in today’s expanding hip-hop industry. Pyano’s flexibility comes from his inspiration, which he credits to traveling and hearing the music of all origins, and not limiting himself to any constraints in his recording style. With one listen to Project Pyano you can hear exactly what I’m referencing. The album is a wave, cresting with high-tempo tracks like CASABLANCA and RAISING HAVOC, while also slowing down with others like GETTIN’ MINE and NO REASON. The switch-ups and variety of the project are what make him different, with listeners unsure of what styles and deliveries they’ll hear next. Pyano speaks of multiple themes, but prevalent ones of patience and perseverance are recurring, as he depicts the journey through his rise to prominence, insisting that his greatness will come in time. After hearing Pyano for the first time last month, I was excited to hear what versatility would …

Gucci Mane of VA – [Young Crazy]

By Jaxon Brown // 22 Sep 2022

See why Young Crazy claims his title as the Gucci Mane of VA, with his brand new EP that was released just last week. One of my favorite parts about being a music writer is following the careers of those you’ve written about in the past, which is exactly the case with Virginia star Young Crazy. I first wrote about his single “Suburban Kid,” a fiery, catchy track that had both his streaming numbers, and his home state jumping. Recently, he was able to regain 100% of his mastered tracks, allowing him to bless his fanbase with a surprise “greatest hits” LP Who TF is Crazo Damn, which only generated a bigger buzz around his name prior to the release of this latest tape Gucci Mane of VA.  The tape starts with paying homage to Gucci through a beautiful beat by Moye & The Beatman, showcasing Young Crazy’s talent and providing a retro 2000s feel that represents Gucci’s style. “BLIT” and “Suburban Kid” are singles that are already hot in the DMV and add solidified status to the project, and “Bombaclat” is a brand new joint that looks to have the surrounding club scene in its grip. “On the Radar Freestyle” is …

Cardinal Rule – [Frais]

By Jaxon Brown // 21 Sep 2022

It’s rare that a track under two minutes can pack such a punch, that it leaves the listener wanting to click repeat. That’s exactly the case, however, with the CMO Flexx-produced banger “Cardinal Rule,” a new track from Charlotte-born and LA-based artist Frais, who looks to continue making a splash. The track is a high-energy piece, with a catchy hook that immediately had me locked in. “N**** sayin’ he doing this and that, well he gon’ have to prove it – you were lyin’, ’til I popped out with that draco, now we know the truth.” Another facet of the piece that will undoubtedly draw more attention is the flawless video, produced by N:OW Productions. A masterpiece, this visual utilizes creative animations, text, and transitions that effectively make this short piece into what feels like a cinematic experience. I’m also a huge fan of the green lighting and tint throughout, which, to me, hints at the feel of night-vision goggles for this evening video shoot. An impressive collaboration between song and visual, “Cardinal Rule” is a heater you don’t want to miss. Look and listen on YouTube below!

PSYCHO$I$ – [Legend the Rapper]

By Jaxon Brown // 21 Sep 2022

Legend the Rapper, aka Legend, is a talented American-born but Australian-based rapper out of Melbourne, who’s on the rise after dropping his latest project PSYCHO$I$. The project itself is an 808-heavy E.P, which according to Legend is inspired by artists such as Young Dolph, UGK, and Key Glock. Aggression and raw delivery are two prevalent themes in this project, evident from the jump. Starting off with “DÖN CHEADLE,” the intro track was made to be the song you play when you enter the room, giving off nothing but pure alpha energy. Track 2, we have “JOHNNY WEST,” an absolute banger, calling for listeners to do it for their hood. G.I. JANE2 opens with an amazing sample of the incident of Will Smith shouting at Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, immediately drawing the audience in. This pop culture reference brings a trendy and relevant style to this E.P., accompanied also with a catchy hook. Last but not least, is track four, “DANIEL RICCIARDO.” This record is named after the famous F1 driver himself, and is rightfully titled with its high-paced flow. “DANIEL RICCIARDO” completes this E.P. by giving the listener a ‘final form’ experience that shows Legend’s full potential. What really …

LIFE ACROSS THE BORDER – [Doggi Krazy]

By Jaxon Brown // 21 Sep 2022

Colombian bilingual rapper Doggi Krazy returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a new album titled LIFE ACROSS THE BORDER by Empire Latino Records. His work, hot in NYC, has spread and is gaining traction all over, largely in part due to the creativity and variety Doggi offers. The 13-Track album racked up over 500k streams in less than a week on Spotify alone, with no signs of slowing down. The album was quickly added to Apple Music’s new releases and one of the tracks “Purculate“ was quickly added to Apple Music’s Street Politics playlist after the release of the music video. The album has a sound on it for everyone, with added flavors from featured artists like P Yungin, Rojay MLP, Lil Dump, Santy el Paisita, NBA OG 3Three and Kash Papii. I’ve preached of Doggi’s versatility over and over, but it’s truly impressive to see just how wide-ranged his spectrum of talent really is — and it’s obvious after listening to this project. After moving from Columbia to New York City at a young age he quickly adapted to the east coast sound which influenced his musical capabilities. He’s opened up for artists like Quondo Rondo, Trippie Redd, Coi Leray and more. After years …

12 – [Jess Classic]

By Jaxon Brown // 21 Sep 2022

Poetic. It’s the only way to describe Buffalo rapper Jess Classic’s style. In a current industry full of filters, effects, and plug-ins, how refreshing it is to hear some raw lyricism in Jess’ new project “12”. His style is distinctive, in that you hardly hear anyone attempting to keep it as uncut as he does. The 12-track project has its ebbs and flows of energy, switching up the feel from song to song, leaving the audience unsure of what they’ll hear next. Upon first listen, I could tell that Jess was selective in his choices of instrumentals. I think this is incredibly important and a major part of his sound, which definitely is one that blooms with a good beat. Tracks like “John Snow,” “Thousand Years,” “Tom Brady,” “Heures D’Absence,” and “12” are all ones that stood out, largely due to the delivery, and the accompanying beats that allow him to gracefully float without effort. These favorites of mine were spread throughout the project, keeping me locked in through the whole tracklist. Others like “Ride Around Here” and “Career Killer” offer unique sounds that are ones I think will grow on me over time,  and that many with different listening …

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