Jeff J. L. J Jefferson was born on june 21, 1976 in Lufkin, Tx but moved to Houston, Tx as a kid in the early 80's and has called it home every since. After going back and forth to the country for long summer vacations and also attending school in small towns, J. L. J quickly realized that in order to gain huge success he had to be in the big city of Houston and start there. So the decision and move was made to be an official Houstonian and go for the dream. J. L. J got into the underground rap scene about 5 years ago when his best friend and business partner 'D' SHEEZY joined him to form E-LETE ARTIST RECORDS. Together they recorded their first mix cd for the streets of Houston and LJ's legacy was born. Local fans rank him as a highly skilled lyricist who is surely to be at the top of the list amongst the best known artist in hip hop. Fans nationwide on iTunes ranks his album and singles at an outstanding 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. He is destined to be the voice of Houston and strives to keep quality and good substance alive within the market for both down south and worldwide hip hop as a whole. Raising up out the gritty streets of northside Houston, J. L. J spits rhymes that are down to earth in nature and his songs always has great delivery and realness that anyone of any age can relate to. The hit single "Party On" is the first single released to radio off the original debut album "Stay Focused" and is bound to make noise and create an exiting buzz the city of Houston and the industry as a whole will surely appreciate.
The song "Party On" Charted in the TOP 10 URBAN and TOP 100 POP for Satellite, College and Internet tracking for the week ending 2-17-2011 with radio station adds on Mediaguide and Radiowaves Urban and Pop new artist chart. The song continues to do well gaining over 3600 plays in 6 weeks of minimal radio promotion.
Was on the Top 25 Online Breakout Chart for total radio spins four weeks going as high as #15 the week of 03/04/2011
The Stay Focused album is now available online at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and all other leading online retailers. It has been rated 4 1/2 stars by consumers on iTunes and continues to sell nationwide with sales being made all the way out in Hawaii.
The singles Party On, Droppin Hataz, Tap That, and Can't Leave You Alone continue to receive airplay on countless music websites and online radio stations to date.
Party On was also selected for The Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes Indie Top 50 Vol. 10 mixtape. The mixtape is available here: http://www.coast2coastmixtapes.com/mixtapes/mixtapedetail.aspx/the-indie-top-50-vol-10
J. L. J Stay Focused Album Review
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Artist Name: J. L. J Album: Stay Focused Review by Jason Randall Smith Representing Hous...Artist Name: J. L. J
Album: Stay Focused
Review by Jason Randall Smith
Representing Houston, Tx, Jeff Jefferson (alias J. L. J) is poised to put it down for not only the Lone Star State, but for Southern hip hop in general. As co-founder of E-LETE ARTIST RECORDS, he has seen his share of mix CD circulation, but Stay Focused marks his full length album debut. Riding atop bass lines lower than bucket seats, J. L. J takes on the haters through 18 tracks of hard rhymes interspersed with occasional inner city introspection. The circle of special guests is kept to a minimum, allowing for the artist to truly shine without distraction. In addition, the production team is lean and precise, with TRED80E handling most of the tracks with bounce to spare and club placement to follow.
Lyrically speaking, most of the album mirrors the gritty environment that raised J. L. J, its content both hard and combative in nature. "Droppin Hataz" finds him firing off lines like "It's time to take a nap son (the kind you don't come back from)". TRED80E saves his darkest track for this song, incorporating a sinister piano line and bass thumps that creep up on you from behind. He even takes time to spit the second verse, the type of verbal pistol whipping that gangster dreams are made of. "Always Bumpin" continues the agressive assault on those that are all talk and no action while "We Got Da Heater" is equally as ominous in regards to vocal delivery.
However, life reflections are intertwined with these machismo moments. "Don't Fall Short" is the voice of reason in the midst of real life drama. Over a poignant string-plucked track produced by Los, J. L. J tells tales of Murphy's Law running rampant, but offers encouragement to stay on the straight and narrow. The album's motivational title track has him sounding like the career coach of H-Town, refusing to see his people stay on the street corners for the rest of their lives. "Live Life To The Fullest" remains the most moving selection on the album with J. L. J showing love to his brother caught up in the penal system and the eternal memory and wisdom of his mother. E-LETE co-founder 'D' Sheezy provides the hook ("We gotta be here for our loved ones and our children") while TRED80E ably provides a sparkling and bittersweet instrumental.
A touch of R&B influences the production behind "Can't Leave You Alone," namely the cloud of sustained keys and the light programming of digitized percussion. J. L. J as devoted lover appears ready to take a walk down the aisle, but that notion is put to rest two songs later with "Tap That". Perhaps a slower, down south equivalent to Sir Mixx-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back", the song is an unapologetic ode to butts and the bigger, the better. Backsides will certainly be in motion to "Party On," it's mid-tempo beat featuring punchy synth-generated horns and hand claps. "Down South" is a monster of a closing track and could catch on well beyond the Texas border. Producer Crumz gets crunk behind the boards and comes up big working a harpischord pattern through a stuttering drum track.
Stay Focused makes for a debut album that Houston can stand behind. It shows the diversity in lyrical content that J. L. J is able to maintain. At the same time, a good producer has been known to either bring out the best in a rapper or get the audience on their side immediately through stellar production. TRED80E does both of those things for J. L. J, and hopefully releases will contain more work from this fruitful partnership.
Review by Jason Randall Smith
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
E-lete Artist Records is Pleased to Deliver Hip Hop Artist J. L. J to the Internet with the Release of Debut Album Stay Focused
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The new Album by J. L. J Promises to Bring Truth and Reality Back to Rap Music and will be Instrumen...The new Album by J. L. J Promises to Bring Truth and Reality Back to Rap Music and will be Instrumental in Raising the City of Houston to a Higher Status in the Industry. http://www.jljhiphopmusic.com
Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 04, 2011
When listening to Lufkin, Tx born J. L. J's music, it becomes clear that he is to be the voice of Houston, Tx where he's lived since a child. With this full album on hand, he is certain to make a mark in hip hop worldwide.
Houston-based rapper J. L. J has released his new album titled Stay Focused, which contains 18 tracks and is now available online at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and many more. The album gives you hip hop from different angles as multiple topics are covered to intrigue the masses. With this release, J. L. J provides party music with both dance melodies and hardcore lyrics for the club, music with meaning that delivers a message to those seeking advice, a bit of romance for the ladies during intimate moments, and of course, it provides music that represents the city of Houston and the whole Down South Region respectfully. Overall, Stay Focused gives you an honest rap album with a solid urban vibe that covers normal, everyday topics from a realistic point of view.
"My biggest inspiration is to establish myself as a premiere artist and start a trend of spreading a more positive message through songs," says J. L. J. "I'm also destined to raise the bar for the standard of lyrical skill and delivery amongst fellow rappers in the industry."
"Ultimately, this album was impressive and a solid addition to the world of rap," wrote Mila V, internet shopper, on the iTunes artist review. "Im hoping to see and hear more like it in the future."
"I'm giving this five out of five stars for many different reasons," wrote MEL MEL 394, internet shopper, on the iTunes artist review. "First of all, I love the beats and second of all, I appreciate how each track is unique from the last one yet still just as good."
Led by the hit single Party On, which has been played over 4000 times to date, supported by thousands of fans via Social Networking, and backed by a 4 1/2 star rating on iTunes, J. L. J and the Stay Focused album are bound to create a huge prescence throughout the world online. E-lete Artist Records offers fans a versatile album that caters to all moods and emotions of the hip hop generation. From dark, gritty tracks made for gangsters and street life; (Dropping Hataz, We Got Da Heater), to the more positive songs that sends out a good message; (Live Life To The Fullest, Don't Fall Short). The layout of the album clearly shows J. L. J's intent of putting together a complete album for the fans awaiting this release.
"Stay Focused makes for a debut album that Houston can stand behind," wrote Jason Randall Smith, writer, Airiel Publicity/ReviewYou. "It shows the diversity in lyrical content that J. L. J is able to maintain."
In celebration of the new album, E-lete Artist Records is giving away the hot single Aint Waisting my Time for free, exclusively on CDBaby. You can read more info On J. L. J and the single Party On, listen to other songs, or watch videos here: http://www.jljhiphopmusic.com
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