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: www.ryanjmusic.com
The Virgin Islands has its wealth of talent…but when I think about absolute STAR quality and natural talent one name comes to mind…Rena Faith! Last year we were blessed with a single called “Without You” which became an instant hit in the Virgin Islands garnering heavy rotation on Isle 95 and 105 Jamz. I personally look forward to Rena’s covers which have included: Slow Dance (Keri Hilson), His Eye Is on the Sparrow, I’m Going Down (Mary J. Blige), and Impossible (Shontelle). Her current cover is 1+1 by Beyonce and boy did Rena do Bey’s hit justice. Please be warned her voice is spellbinding! FYI, Rena’s also the younger sister of fellow VI artist Ryan J.
Listen to Rena Faith’s cover of 1+1 below:
Connect with Rena Faith via Facebook.
Wondering what to do over Memorial Day Weekend 2011 in Miami to kick off your summer right? XO Management and Rockers Island are presenting an event-filled, star-studded urban weekend that you will not want to miss. Not only is the Best of the Best concert returning to Miami’s Bicentennial Park with an expanded two-day show, but there are a number of other major parties planned to keep you entertained all Memorial Day weekend long.
Prime Time Thursdays Miami Edition: Thursday May 26th
DJ Young Chow and Correy Kaiten present the Miami Edition of Prime Time Thursdays at Cameo nightclub on South Beach (1445 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139). This amazing party will feature appearances by DJ Khaled and Miami recording artist Ace Hood. The party is hosted by Chris Findley and Chinee and features music by DJ Young Chow, Massive B, DJ Starks, and DJs Springer and Fergie.
Official Miami Memorial Day Weekend Kick-Off Party: Friday May 27th
Friday night will be the official kick-off party for Best of the Best Memorial Weekend at Mansion nightclub on South Beach (1235 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139).
Spring Fest/Best of the Best Concert Day One: Saturday May 28th
What has historically been a daylong concert on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend has expanded into a two-day concert series at Miami’s Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33130). This year, Saturday’s concert will showcase some of the hottest R&B artists out right now, including Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Jeremih, Lloyd, Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, and more to be added in the coming weeks. Saturday’s concert is hosted by Rickey Smiley (of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show) and Jabba (of Hot 97).Gates open at 5pm sharp.
Official Afterparty for Spring Fest/Best of the Best Concert Day One: Saturday May 28th
The party continues after day one’s Spring Fest concert with the official afterparty at Cameo nightclub on South Beach (1445 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139).
Best of the Best Concert Day Two: Sunday May 29th
The second day of the Best of the Best concert will feature some of the biggest names in Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Caribbean, and Hip Hop music. Acts include Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, DJ Khaled, Vybz Kartel (performing live via satellite from Jamaica), Assassin, I-Octane, Alison Hinds, Sanchez, Etana, Ace Hood, Trina, Demarco, Richie Loop, Gappy Ranks, Chino, Romain Virgo, ZJ Liquid, Bruck-Up, Honorebel, Tifa, Zeke Don, Supa Twitch, Karim Hype, and more still to be added. Day two will also be held at Bicentennial Park, with gates opening at 3pm.
NYC vs. MIA: Monday May 30th
Tony Smalls and Best of the Best present the Memorial Day NYC vs. MIA party at Mansion nightclub on South Beach (1235 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139). The party will be hosted by DJ Stringer, DJ Fergie, and DJ Young Chow. Appearing and representing NYC are Steelie, Massive B, and Platinum Kidz; representing MIA are Black Chiney, Poison Dart, and Innocent Sound. Doors will open at 11pm and the dress code is strictly enforced. As a bonus, all ladies have free admission before midnight!
With great concerts, huge celebrities, and hot parties, there’s nothing more you need for the best Memorial Day Weekend you’ve ever had!
For $20 advance tickets for Prime Time Thursdays Miami Edition, contact Young Chow at 631-839-1104 or Correy at 347-435-8978
To RSVP for NYC vs. MIA, call 786-319-1477
Jah Cure’s upcoming album “World Cry” was originally set for release in February 2011 and was later pushed back to May 2011. The album is now currently set for release in June 2011.
The Reggae crooner announced to his fans this week that he would be providing a free download of the title track available on his website. The single features R&B singer Keri Hilson and MDMA.
Download this crossover hit at: www.jahcure.net