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"J.Scott:Gone Shine"

CD SINGLE REVIEW: J. Scott - "Gone Shine"
By Gian Fiero - 11/14/06 - 07:32 PM EST

Genre: Rap
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 9
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10
Commercial Value: 10
Overall Talent Level: 10
Songwriting Skills: 10
Performance Skill: 10
Best Songs: Single
Weakness: ?
CD Review: It's not often that I get a single that falls into the category of undeniable hit. That's exactly what J. Scott, rapper/entertainer/entrepreneur, from Oakland, California, accomplished with this up-tempo, motivational track that encourages and inspires the listener to get on the dance floor and leave their troubles behind. Sparked by a sizzling vocal performance that Cab Calloway would be proud of and a roaring 20s hip-hop beat that prominently features live horns, this track is poised for heavy activity in the radio, advertising, and licensing arenas.

Advice: This track is a cash cow: milk it!

Official Website: www.consortiumhouse.com

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I was all set to dismiss this MC as an oddly coherent Mystikal impersonator with delusions of Tupac, until I caught a whiff of perspective amidst the stench of 'get yours' gangsta materialism. Sure, J. Scott shouts "gotta get more cash" and calls himself a "playa" on the chorus, but then he also refers to himself as a "certified expansionist." Whoa. Tune in closer for one of the more thoughtful verses of the last few months: "Ain't listening to my rhyme, independent competitors kill me/ We better off being allies, nigga what?/ Think about it for a second and just trip, if Rap-A-Lot thought the same/ They could've made a killing working together with Death Row and Bad Boy/ Leaving the game forever changed/ Imagine." Damn my snap judgments! I almost missed out on a virtual meeting of the minds between Suge Knight and John Lennon.
- Neil Drumming


single "Ravenous"(2000)Catalyst/Consortiumhouse
160 adds nationwide of 300 college stations solicited
single "One Day"(2001)Catalyst/Consortiumhouse
110 adds nationwide of 300 college stations solicited
single "Riderz"(2006) Consortiumhouse
currently in solicitation


Feeling a bit camera shy


J.Scott has a long history in bay area rap scene. His hybrid style of rap music is an fusion of dancehall, bounce,jazz,R&B,swing,latin and funk that has entertained audiences around the bay for years. He first hit the national scene in 2000 with the release of the critically acclaimed single "Ravenous". It garnered 160 adds during a solicitation of 300 college stations and according to a review of the song in the CMJ it was one of the best songs written that year. He followed it up shortly after with "One Day" which met with similar success with radio and was poised to release his first full length album nationally in early 2001 when Catalyst entertainment, the label he was signed to at the time, abruptly dissolved leaving him with no distributer. Undetered J continued to work and hone his skill as an artist while at the same time piecing together his own label determined to not have a repeat of what happened before. The result of his efforts was the genesis of ConsortiumHouse the label he is currently signed to and now he is poised finally to release his solo effort entitled "Gon' Shine" with it's leadoff single "Riderz" which is being solicited to college radio nationwide.