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CaribFuse: Ryan J. Love vs. Lust Mixtape Review

The R& B mixtape concept is still somewhat new and its true potential untapped. In general, mixtapes have great potential as dynamic promotional tools, helping to  introduce the arist to the streets or keeping them relevant between albums. New artists can create great exposure with the release of a mixtape. The mixtape allows the artist to showcase their skills, with the possibility of creating a fanbase if executed properly. In this review the Virgin Islands’ Ryan J. introduces us to his Caribbean R&B/Reggae style, with the release of his Love vs. Lust Mixtape…let’s take a listen!

The mixtape begins with a mellow jazz track as DJ Slik welcomes the ladies to turn the lights down low and kickback to the sounds of Ryan J. Immediately following is Ryan J.’s inviting remix of Kelly Rowland’s hit “Motivation”.  Mixing R&B with Reggae in a unique way this track will definitely garner tons of replays. Other notable tracks on the mixtape based off of popular hits include: “All I Got Is You” and Keri Hilson’s “Lose Control.”

On track#3 “If You Love Me” Ryan J. wants to how his woman feels as he explains his feelings. Sampling the popular reggae song “Burrup” by Nardo Ranks he sings, “I’m like the old reggae song from back in ah de day. Woman if you love me please let me, and if you nuh love me please let me go.”

On track#7 “Down” produced by Ajanie Williams, Ryan J. tell us how he gets down with this bedroom banger. This song is sure to get you in the mood for a night of lovemaking with that special person “hold on tight and enjoy the ride,” he says.

With a sultry voice Ryan J. ‘s fusion of R&B and Reggae is packaged in a style that’s uniquely his own. With insightful lyrics and Ryan J. invokes personality into original tracks such as:  Turning Me On, Down, Never  Find Another, Hypnotized, and I Just Called. With a unique sound and well-written lyrics it won’t take long for you to notice that this Caribbean brother has some decent pipes. The mixtape itself is a full on effort of Ryan J.’s versatility as a singer, musician, and producer. My personal picks include: I Just Called, Down, Fantasy World, and Turning Me On. I liked the mixtape overall and I’m pretty sure that you will too! Beautiful music Ryan!

Here’s my rating of Love vs. Lust:

  • Mixtape Cover: 5/5
  • Sound Production/Beats/Music Quality = 4.5/5
  • Creativity/Song Concepts/Lyrics = 4/5
  • Listening Value/Download Worth/Playability = 4/5

Download>>> Love vs. Lust 

Connect with Ryan J online:

Twitter: @RyanJMusic



Capleton:I-Ternal Fire

As a youth, award-winning Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall artist, Capleton found solace in music.  Choosing a career in music, he abandoned his hometown of St. Mary and traveled to Kingston at 18, so he could hone his deejay skills.  After traveling to Canada and landing work with the Toronto label, African Star, he quickly grew to become one of the most innovative and cultural deejay’s of his generation.  In the early ’90’s, he returned home to release a string of hits that captured and stirred the hearts of the people.  Now, after several years of a musical hiatus, he returns and picks up where his 2004 release, Reign of Fire, ended.

Capleton, also referred to as King Shango and The Prophet, offers his first ever one-drop cultural album, I-Ternal Fire.  He’s been called one of Dancehall’s most reliable hit-makers. Unlike his previous albums, he delivers his message over much mellower musical arrangements.  In the song, “When I Come to Town,” crooked politicians come under fire.  Capleton sheds light on the political unrest in the Middle East on “Global Wars,” and he speaks directly to the world powers whom he feels are responsible.  “Mama, You Strong” praises his mother, while the hip-winding “I’m in Love” is a melodic love letter to a woman he adores.

Capleton’s early influences from Bob Marley and comparisons to Peter Tosh are evident on I-Ternal Fire.  He’s created another timeless album that reggae enthusiasts will enjoy for years to come. –themverses