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J Da Nearo

Wappingers Falls, New York, United States | INDIE

Wappingers Falls, New York, United States | INDIE
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Artist: J Da Nearo
Album: The BRG Music Cafe
Reviewed by: Jason Randall Smith

There are parts of J.P. Di Gabriel's bio that read like a screenplay for a blockbuster movie. Civil war unrest forced him to leave his West African home and make his way to America in the early 1990s. It was in New York that his education and interest in music occurred simultaneously, recording demos and various projects even before he was out of high school. Recording as J Da Nearo, The BRG Music Cafe is the first release on his own label, Bass Recording Group, the result of a five-year plan and a decade of various setbacks and time set aside to regroup. It’s a mixtape that contains the flow and feel of an album, showcasing Nearo's music trade school skills as a producer and mix engineer.

The "Grand Opening Intro" begins the release, a skit that features a loud and brash friend that crashes Nearo's posh restaurant and curses up a blue streak when he can't get the hookup that he feels he's entitled to. This intro is the ideal setup for "MFT," which stands for Middle Finger Treatment. As Nearo lyrically gut checks his way through a series of uncreative options for saying "Fuck you," it's the chopped-up vocals and percussion pad jabs that pack the real punch. The chop technique reappears on cuts like "Squeaky Clean" and "Some Luv." The former track includes snares that practically stomp the melody into your consciousness, allowing Nearo to drop throwaway rhymes about being the best dressed in the spot. The latter selection tones down the chop aesthetic to a vocal edit effect, leaving its main focus on a bouncing bass line and lyrics for the ladies choosing to stay with careless men.

There's a sing-song vocal delivery incorporated on "I'm So Nearo" that makes his studio persona akin to Akon. The song itself is a character study on the most basic level, the sum of its parts adding up to a ladies man. Over handclaps embedded within the drum programming, a keyboard melody riff bobs up and down like a yo-yo and Nearo follows the melody's lead. It all comes together on "Dirty Wine," a reggae/R&B hybrid that could work if released as a single. Driven by synthesizers and snare claps that explode like firecrackers, Nearo's singing adorns an Auto-Tune glaze and actually wears it well. In fact, his singing is often more effective than his rhyming, as proven on "Payback Sa B." A heartbreak revenge narrative receives double time percussion over a straightforward drum pattern, deeming the song worthy of peak spins in the clubs. Nearo's harmonies and phrasing are an even fit for the production and suggest that his R&B work is superior to his rap material.

That is not to say that his efforts spent on crafting beats and rhymes have been for naught. Nearo sounds rather inspired while spitting on "I'm Nice," featuring the toughest beat of all of his productions. His boastful lines rarely travel beyond pleading his case about why he's the nicest, but the drum sequence and added effects will compel listeners to nod their heads anyway. The hustle scenarios on display in "I Live" and "Sky Cry" are made more intriguing through their somber and gritty arrangements while "Home" is the most heartfelt as Nearo speaks on how his love for the rap game separates him from the love of his children.

In a business where image is everything and marketing tactics suggest that you care more about the bullets that went into 50 Cent rather than his actual rap skills, it’s refreshing to see J Da Nearo focus so intently on his music rather than milk the violence of his past for potential street credibility. At the same time, his life is full of events that could have been woven into some stirring narratives. Seeing as how the lyrical content is dominated by girls, gangster posturing and braggadocio, one can get the sense that an opportunity to tell a genuine story has been lost. While The BRG Music Cafe is nothing that hasn't been heard before, it is an artist calling card that's been a long time in the making. Don't be surprised if you hear J Da Nearo providing production or vocal hooks for others within the next five years.

Review by: Jason Randall Smith
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
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Mixtape-The BRG Music Cafe
sSingle- "I'm Nice Feat Detox"
"Dirty Wine"



J Da nearo Bio

J. Da Nearo aka J.P. Di Gabriel was born in West Africa, Liberia in 1984, Because of civil war he fled his counrty and came to America as a refugee in 1992. He lived in Harlem, New York for 3 years than moved to Queens, New York in 1995 where he really developed the love of music. In middle school he recorded his first demo in hopes of getting a record deal. That dream did not happen until 2000 when he met Russell Simmons at his high school. Russell was very interested but due to the higher up's of Def Jam Records at the time the deal was never signed. Discouraged & disappionted in 2002 he jumped back into the studio to record two projects, when the projects were completed they were shopped and offers were made by Independent Labels, Red Galaxy & Sonic Wave Internaional. Unfortunately these deals did not work out either.In 2003, When he graduated high school he attended a music trade school, I.A.R to learn the business side of the music industry and to also become a better producer/engineer. While there he interned at various studios and he had a opportunity to network with some key industry people.. In 2005, he graduated trade school, he started a 5 year plan to acquire studio equipment and start his own independent label, but in May of 2005 tragedy struck when he was stabbed 10 times and pronounced clinically dead for more than 3 mintues at the hospital. When doctors regained his pulse they performed two surgeries to save his life. After recovering in 2006 through a good friend he met a Industry insider, while working with him he made beats and did some drums for some for major acts unfortunately none of those records ever made it on an album. Frustrated with the insider for not pushing for his records for those albums he parted ways with him and reimplemented his 5 year plan. In 2009, he finally finished his studio and through a good friend he acquired a great lawyer to incorporate his label. In March of 2010 , Bass Recording Group LLC was born, being the only act right now, he recorded two records with a third on the horizon. The BRG Music Cafe & The Hip Hop Lounge are the two mixtape he recorded & My darkest Hour Being hid thrid record which is his official album. In his new 5 year plan he intends for The BRG Music Cafe to be a very successful Independent Mixtape, then through that success he plans to release The Hip Hop Lounge & My Darkest Hour which he says will change music as a whole.

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