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Jaxon Brown

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

257 posts by

Jaxon Brown

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Daniel Caesar pours out his insecurities on “Do you Like Me?”

By Jaxon Brown // 27 Jan 2023

Celebrities can feel insecure too, it seems. Daniel Caesar’s latest single “Do You Like Me?” is a smooth and soulful track that showcases the Canadian singer-songwriter’s emotive vocals and introspective lyrics. I’ve loved Daniel’s work since I can remember getting deeper into R&B in the mid-2010s, and tracks like this are exactly why he’s stuck around in my rotation for a half-dozen years. The song starts with a mellow piano and Caesar’s voice, then it builds up with a steady beat and lush instrumentation. The lyrics touch on the theme of self-doubt and insecurity as Caesar sings about questioning a relationship and seeking validation from the other person. Caesar’s voice is raw and emotive, conveying the vulnerability and uncertainty of the lyrics. The song is a masterclass in storytelling, as Caesar paints a vivid picture of the emotions he’s experiencing. The production is top-notch and the instrumentation is well-balanced, with the piano and drums complementing Caesar’s vocals. “Do You Like Me?” is a powerful and emotive track and a must-listen for fans of R&B and anyone who appreciates good storytelling in music. Check it out on Spotify below!

South Florida’s Prospectt drops visual for “Bluffin.”

By Jaxon Brown // 27 Jan 2023

There are just some tracks you know you’re going to mess with right off the rip. So was the case with Prospectt’s latest release “Bluffin,” a high-energy, raw track accompanied by a brand new visual shot y The Holyhood that’s got listeners everywhere excited. A low, raspy delivery over this bass-heavy instrumental produced by Chris Rojas combines for a flawless track, and you can hear it from the first line. Prospectt’s flow switches keep listeners on their toes, while the catchy hook keeps them grounded for its entirety. The visual is dark, blurry, and mysterious which are feelings also given off by the track, and the combination of the visual with the audio is one that works seamlessly. Jump cuts and speed ramping give a high-energy and fast-paced feel, while transitions and lighting effects provide creative and colorful aspects that add to the mood. I’m excited I came across this track early, and apparently so are many others. In just a week, the video’s received 3.4K views, and I expect that number to keep climbing. Check out “Bluffin” on YouTube below.

LB199X drops iconic video in “Leaders.”

By Jaxon Brown // 27 Jan 2023

LB199X isn’t waiting until February to highlight the black leaders that helped shape the man he is today, as he highlights iconic figures with his new release titled “Leaders.” Huey P. Newton, Marcus Garvey,  and Martin Luther King Jr. are just a few of the people the DC-born rapper highlights in this insightful and creative video that dropped just last night. LB199X is operating on a higher level. The feelings and frustration in his lyrics are palpable as he, along with so many others, is fed up with seeing black-on-black crime and systematic oppression affecting neighborhoods and people just as it’s done in his life. A representative of Guin Records, the MC is known for being bold, and after the passing of his parents, he knew it was necessary to stand tall and find a method to shine a light on something bigger than music. “Leaders is a song about Black leaders who died by the hands of their own people. I wanted to show truth in the matter, we are better together rather than separated. . I spoke on Kings because, as black men, we are kings and we need to express the power of Community and Pushing our …

Chicago’s Quano Guapo makes his LL debut with new project “ReInvention.”

By Jaxon Brown // 25 Jan 2023

The people at Lyrical Lemonade make it an effort to stay true to their Chicago roots, so finding hidden talent in the backyard is always a treat. So is the case with the city’s own Quano Guapo, an up-and-coming artist with the raw abilities that hip-hop listeners of the Windy City love so much. His recent release ReInvention is his first-ever full project, and the 10-song piece is packed with potential. Unfiltered, gritty lyrics and delivery are the main aspects that stand out to me, things you can hear in my personal favorite tracks “Distance,” “Money Call,” and a citywide favorite “Classical,” featuring solidified Chicago rapper Spenzo. He also snags assists from Nolaw Qwono, Pluto Kinn, Double 0, and Big Don; all of which only elevate the album. Quano has a relatively small discography, with only some singles released prior to this project. Compiling a 10-song album is no small task, and for someone this new to the hip-hop industry, I’m really impressed at the work put in. Even more impressive, Quano plans on dropping the deluxe in April with 10 (!!!) more tracks to bless listeners with. It’s only the beginning for Quano Guapo, and with support and traction growing, …

Atlanta’s Rico Cash is on fire with “1008 Degrees.”

By Jaxon Brown // 24 Jan 2023

Atlanta native and budding rap star Rico Cash just released his latest album 1008 Degrees (through Human Re Sources). This 19-song project is an ode to southern trap music, combining raw lyrics, heavy 808s, and upbeat tempos. This project had me surprised from top to bottom, with heat in several different styles. He utilized features from fellow ATL breakthrough acts including; Landstrip Chip, Hxncho, Trvpmoneyy Vdough, Mali Meexh, and rising producers; Bruddaonthebeat, Zwiffa, Codeine Beats and Mellow. This near-60-minute album gave me a few new regular replays in my library, with 1008 Degreez Intro and Devil In (ft. Mali Meexh), which was accompanied by a recently released visual shot by Bag Talk, being a couple of favorites off the rip. Rico Cash is determined to pave his own lane while staying true to his Atlanta roots, and remaining passionate in unapologetically telling his story through his music. Tap into 1008 Degrees on Spotify below!

D. Savage teases new album with release of “Klosure.”

By Jaxon Brown // 20 Jan 2023

After having one of the most electric Summer Smash 2022 sets of the year, Empire signee D. Savage has been reloading his discography with singles for listeners as they patiently await his upcoming album Mafia Musik. This time, it’s “Klosure,” a banger that just dropped last night. It contains some of the layered, filtered, “angry” vocals that Savage’s audience knows and loves so much, but features some new sounds and styles that make this joint unique. It doesn’t take much to please me for music videos, I really just love having something to visually accompany a track since I do a lot of my listening on YouTube, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the track had an accompanying visual. Directed by Inland Films, the video has multiple scenes of Savage from inside the studio and in a parking lot with his people, with extravagant tints, cutouts, and motion graphics to add a creative feel. As D. Savage teases his much-awaited Mafia Musik, check out “Klosure” on YouTube below!  

Allstar JR assembles a star-studded roster to deliver “Organized Crime 2.”

By Jaxon Brown // 20 Jan 2023

Detroit artist Allstar JR is continuing to cement his name alongside the most popular in Detroit, with his most recent release Organized Crime 2. Even from the first time I’d written about JR not too long ago, I’ve seen his following and work grow considerably, which is no surprise (to me, at least). The clever lyricism, distinctive style, and pressure-packed energy have only become more methodical and apparent as time has gone on, and it’s clear with this latest LP. Detroit is a music hub bubbling with talent and style, and JR was able to wrangle some of the city’s biggest names for this one. The entire project has a complete and well-rounded feel, almost compiled like a narrative story. Babyface Ray, BabyTron, and Icewear Vezzo are just a few of the names JR was able to land, further showing the respect others have for him and his talents. TraumaTone, W$ Kharri, Flex OTB, Pooh Beatz, ForeveRollin, and more submitted beats to round out the heavy-hitting production team. I was also a huge fan of the interludes, which took shape of radio interviews with esteemed music journalist Ahmad Davis. I listened through the whole album twice now, and I’d say …

Joony gets an assist from Kelz on their new creative song titled “One Track Minded”

By Jaxon Brown // 20 Jan 2023

Joony has been an established artist in the DMV for a minute now, but after recent successes, his name reaches far beyond just his home region. Following his massively successful Pretty In Black tour, he’s expected to receive his first plaque after featuring on Brent Faiyaz’s WASTELAND, which reached gold status. In the meantime, listeners were blessed with “One Track Minded,” another wickedly creative production that features Brooklyn upcoming star Kelz, and a variety of other-worldly sounds, instruments, and vocal tones blending together with masterful precision. Both Joony and Kelz have loyal fanbases that cling to every release, and there’s no doubt that the collaboration of the two will cause this track to do well with their respective audience pool. I’m interested to see just how far this track can reach beyond that, though, as I feel the combination of the artists’ talents over this type of instrumental could do numbers far more than what may be expected. This two-minute-and-19-second song is a much-needed, refreshing piece of artistry that only further fueled my fandom for both artists. Check out “One Track Minded” on Spotify below!  

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