Avery LR – Mixtape Review

Avery LR is back at it again with a new single for his 2017 “Surviving” mixtape that features more than 20 underground and gangsta rap tracks. Listen to his latest single “They Don’t Like That” here:

The “Surviving” mixtape could draw comparisons to works from Avery’s inspirations such as Jay-Z and his contemporaries. He often raps about real issues and doesn’t shy away from topics that others are too scared to talk about. The mixtape features no holds barred lyrics throughout with occasional glimpses of softer, inspirational tracks.

The opener “What U Know Bout Dat” is a true Hip-Hop staple with its quick spitting rapping, sleek beats and haunting piano melody that all combine to form a song that recounts the tragic day-to-day reality of living in the streets. “They Don’t Like That” follows up as an anthem that puts the haters on blast. It’s an “us against them” narrative that is empowering and makes the listener want to take control of their own sense of justice.

The mixtape is a combo of hard core tracks that eviscerate the naysayers while also having calmer songs that hit straight through the heart. “One Dream” features 10asee and is a softer, humble tale that tells of the struggles they both had to endure to get their families ahead. Avery raps about how he never takes a day off for the benefit of his kids and how he wishes his grandma was around to see his successes. This song is a nice break from the heavier tracks and shines a different light on both Avery and 10asee, showcasing their fight to overcome the challenges they have faced along their rapping careers.  In the same vein, the song “7 Years” featuring Avery’s son Aries is an uplifting rap with verses about being a good dad and chasing dreams.

The mixtape goes back and forth between the tough and the delicate so you’ll be getting a varied listening experience every time. “Fight Night” is a standout track that has an addicting keyboard bassline with aggressive lyrics and “Loose Yourself” is an Eminem throwback that uses sampling in a unique way making it a highlight.

“Never Surrender” was previously reviewed by ETV, and it goes to show that Avery LR goes above and beyond the status quo of what is expected from rappers and tells the trials and tribulations he went through without holding anything back. This ability to be open about his experiences is really Avery’s calling card to who he is as a rapper as well as a person. You know that when listening to any one of his tracks you’re going to get the most honest interpretation of narratives that are wrapped up in clever, provocative and in-your-face lyrics.

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Photo via Avery LR

There’s a lot of songs on the “Surviving” mixtape and if you like any iteration of rap, Hip-Hop, or underground gangster rap, then every song will be tailor made just for you. Be sure to check out what Avery LR is up to in the coming months while listening to the sprawling mixtape available now. To stay up to date with all things Avery LR, be sure to check him out on Facebook and Twitter.

JOMO – EP Review

Hailing from Atlantic City, JOMO is no stranger to the Hip-Hop and rap scene. He released his “What I Want” EP on May 1 and it has already taken off. Check out the lead single here:

The self-titled lead single starts things off with a chill beat and hot rhymes that lets the listener get a feel for what’s about to come as well as providing a solid representation of the EP’s overall sound. The track has an uplifting message told through a Hip-Hop rhythm that would sound dope blasting through the car stereo. Following up is “Jersey Strong,” a track that contains a vocal loop that moves along with the beat. This track is perhaps the most experimental, a product of what can be accomplished in the studio by creative minds. Let JOMO remind you of the G-stack tales while chilling with this one.

“Cocky” is JOMO is at his best, as his mad verses flow into his bass-heavy magic chorus to balance attitude with soulful vocals. He can’t stop tooting his own horn on this song, and he wouldn’t stop if you told him to. The next track “LaLa” is a street-inspired club staple that would get everyone onto the dance floor, continuing with the attitude and swagger that JOMO knows how to deliver. The distinct synth that slides along would make your subwoofer vibrate your car and your pad.

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Photo via JOMO

The slower “Clap” has JOMO telling his listeners to clap along to the beat if they feel his words. He spits truth while keeping the party going. It’s a track that bridges together the EP along. “Wanna Be My Freak” is more subdued compared to previous songs, but it’s still gonna keep you feeling the beats. Featuring WhiteKeys, the rap duo’s lyrics on this one are the wittiest on the EP with some inventive wordplay on a subject matter that has a lot of material to work with. The double threat is strong here and you’d have to step up your game to keep up with this one.

Perhaps the best track on the EP, “I’m SO Ole’ School” is a 90s-inspired street and perhaps the most instrumental track, with a melodic flute during the chorus and even a heavy distorted guitar thrown into the mix for good measure. JOMO’s swag on this track is bananas and he really does take us back to the old school. Check out the music video here:

Closing up the EP is “25 To Life,” a track discussing how many young brothers need to put down the guns and put away dealing to live a more responsible life (while still keeping it real). JOMO promotes his obligation to inspire those to make better choices in life to avoid 25 to life.

Overall, JOMO is the kind of rapper you listen to for a good mix of beats and vocals that are fun, authentic, and accessible to many who like rap and even good for those who don’t. Give it a listen, and let JOMO take over your world for a bit. To stay up to date with everything JOMO, follow him on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube and his official site.

Avery LR – Song Review

Rapper Avery LR released his 25-plus track album that featured the thought-provoking song “Never Surrender” that provided a spotlight on sexual abuse, drugs, and teen suicide. Check out the moving video here:

Right off the bat, “Never Surrender” hits hard and doesn’t hold back any punches. Avery LR puts his heart into the track and the music video successfully accompanies the brutally honest lyrics. The opening lines set the stage about his hard life and tough upbringing: “Back in ’96, that’s when life got hard / My Grandmother died, mom’s locked in the yard.” Avery discusses the hardships of having his father killed by the cops and growing up without positive direction, yet using his frustrations he felt in this situation as well as his struggles in school as motivation to overcome it all. The positive message behind this track is a useful tool for anyone who is going through similar circumstances.

The lyrics also delve into a narrative about a girl being inappropriately touched by her father, with the music video showing this part of the story in full effect to really drive home the message of the song. Avery’s commentary is all about real talk and rough situations, and the video matches the theme well without being too explicit, showing just enough to get the idea across and still be accessible to all who watch it. The most difficult topic Avery raps about in the song is how people who are unable to deal with the situation commit suicide, serving as a reminder that there’s always a way out before taking one’s own life. Although Avery’s lyrics originate from a very personal standpoint, the song covers universal themes that could be used to motivate listeners to take charge of the unfair situation they are in.

“Never Surrender” is a very bold song that tackles serious issues, and Avery knows how to use his talent to enlighten listeners about topics they may be unaware of. The song is also a good representation of the “Surviving 2017 Mixtape” it originates from. If you are in the mood for a 2Pac-influenced, free-style gangster rapper with substance behind his words, look no further than Avery LR and his single/video “Never Surrender.”

To stay to date with all things Avery LR, follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube.