JUICEB☮X is a laid-back lyricist and rap music could always use more lyricists. His track, “Egyptian Pools,” produced by Jinsang is a mellow lyrically driven piece with a laid-back chorus that inadvertently leaves the listener bobbing to the beat. The track isn’t trap music, it isn’t mumble rap instead it’s a young thinker attempting to describe the world as he sees it. Its metaphorically precise, and when JUICEB☮X mentions his vulnerability with “cupid,” he speaks with the sincerity of Goodie Mob’s Cee-Lo on “Beautiful Skin.”
But don’t write this off as a love song, this song is a wavy ride through the mind of a young lyrical genius, delving into love, life, heartbreak, and the balance of it all. I love the musical prowess of the track, the way JUICEB☮X effortlessly rides the subtle bassline like a pro, providing just enough musical eargasm to leave the listener begging for more. The chorus sums it up, “… even if my sun don’t shine, everything is fine.” Excellent track.
Music is usually at its best when it finds new ways of bringing together familiar elements. Scars by Blayk is a song with a deceiptfully positive sounding introduction. From the bright, steel-drum-sounding patches, one might be within their right to assume a happy, laid back track about catching some sun. Nothing could be further from the truth, and that’s very okay. Blayk mixes an affinity for hip hop with this pop track that digs into themes you’d sooner expect to hear in alternative rock. Although none of these pegs quite fit the expectations of their respective Q-box holes, Scars still finds a way of resonating with each audience. In a way, this artist excels as a jack of all trades.
While the world of pop music has its fair share of stars with staying power, there are always those who will be recycled. There are artists who only get 15 minutes of fame and countless songs that will scarcely be heard due to being drowned out by bigger hits. Blayk shows real potential in performance and mixing. The track is put together better than the average basement studio can achieve and the performance can outshine your local garage band. With access to more resources, there’s no reason he couldn’t rock a main stage. If fans really do have the ability to turn the spotlight of pop culture, they’d be wise to illuminate Blayk while he’s still pursuing his ambitions.