Steve JLin
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Steve JLin

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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Hip-hop has become a contentiously watered-down genre over much of the past decade: Bad-ass posturing often comes across as an unconvincing attempt to mimic, while the me-against-the-world theme is as tired as a disco sample backing a rap. Toronto-based Steve JLin recognizes that it takes more than a mic and attitude to strike a chord; it requires savvy melodies, primo production and an ability to make music, not just rhymes. The singer/rapper/songwriter’s debut “Sex & Cake” offers rich grooves, layered harmonies and true vocal skills—demonstrating the difference between another rapper and an artist. “Take It No More” could rely a little less on the vocoder trend, but otherwise is a hitworthy sensual urban tome of overt desire (“The only thing missing on your body is me”). Likewise, “Stay”—the obvious breakout hit on the collection—offers admirable musicality as a soulful love ballad, craftily arranged and wonderfully sung by JLin. “My Girl” showcases yet another side of “Are You Prepared?” with a roaring rap from Ice Black that bounces off of the singer/songwriter’s nicely layered vocal; while “4Play,” featuring School Boy, sounds as if it could have come straight from the Usher songbook, with a passionate, pleading vocal from the main man. With production assistance from Ron Allen and Max Roach, JLin’s debut offers plenty of promise for mainstream acceptance across North America. With proper marketing and a stroke of luck, he’s quite possibly destined to “Stay” for the long term. - Billboard


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Steve JLin is currently being managed by Beverly Moore of BMoore Management who has been working in the Canadian music industry for the past 20 years as a CFO/Business Manager for Geoff Kulawick (Linus Entertainment), Chris Smith (Nelly Furtado, The Philosopher Kings, Jack Soul) and Jake Gold/Mike Vietch (The Tragically Hip/The Watchmen).

Steve was discovered via a mutual friend in Toronto during a Rich Kidd performance of "Ridin' Solo" that featured Steve JLin.

By following his heart, he has since made Toronto his home. Steve JLin debut hit single, "Take It No More" (now available on iTunes), is currently in medium rotation & building momentum throughout Canada nationwide.

He is currently finishing his 2nd album, "Sex & Cake". This album will present the fresh works of upcoming Toronto-based producer extraordinaire School Boy (http://www.realsoundenterprise.com), alongside veterans including Rich Kidd, Ron Allen & Trobiz, who held a solid role in the music of JLin's first album, "Stay".

JLin is a gifted singer/songwriter/entertainer and will be dropping his debut album, "Sex & Cake", in Spring of 2011. Look out Canada - Steve JLin has arrived!

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Steve JLin's contentious lyrics and semi-aggressive style of music is making the media pay attention. This up and coming artist calls Canada home, yet his music is vastly reaching world-wide mediums.

A star in his own right, Steve JLin has collaborated with renowned artists world-wide including Rich Kidd, Ice Black, Benny, DeVille, Shay, Broken Society, Hooch Crillz and many other chart toppers.

Steve JLin's polished live show has warranted rave fan reviews and celebrated promoter chatter. Steve JLin has performed at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Rogers Centre the Magna, Bell Canada, BMO, Scotiabank, Caesar's Palace (Windsor), The Liberal Party of Canada, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Children's Aid Foundation, the Royal York Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hotel (London, UK), Buffalo Tralfamador and Kleinhans Music Hall, amongst many other venues.

JLin is presently promoting his sophomore album, "Sex & Cake". As Steve JLin continues to tour, he finds success in America. JumpStart Ink has provided him with a sponsored publicity endorsement and will be engaging JLin with opportunities & co-branding requests with some of the world's most acclaimed venues and products.