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*Press Play: I Look Up/ Capital P album review by DJ Layne Luv

“….so where’s he from?” …”Delaware”…”The State?” ….”haha nah bro the city, right there from your state Ohio” This is how Capital P was presented to me via a constant DM on IG through his business partners. I must admit that for a few months, I didn’t follow up as well as I could have. Being a music critic and state manager for all of Ohio with The Fleet DJ’s, I tend to get a lot of submissions regularly. However, after I had a phone conversation with Byrd and Jamezz Bonn (Divine Engineering), I instantly felt a connection. They insisted that Capital P was the one that was going to make noise from Ohio. So I invited him up to the studio to kick it wit us just to see how he vibed with my crew. So one Wednesday, he came up to the WTMH Studio and right there on the spot, we said we were going to premier his single on our live Workout Wednesday broadcast just to see how our audience felt about his work. The single they submitted was El Hombre. I will testify, from the very first note we heard from that song, we were believers in this man’s music.

Being in this business for a while, a DJ hears a lot of music, so it really takes something special to keep an artist’s body of work from going in the pile and moving on. If you listen to Capital P’s / El Hombre first, you will be fooled into thinking he’s just another trap rapper no matter how great the song is. But when you play his entire album of Capital P/I Look Up  you’ll bear witness to artistry coming from the Delaware city. It will actually blindside you of how good Capital P really is. One of my favorite songs of the project Tuck It In takes you into the mind of a person that has seen a lot of ups and downs and of someone just trying to make sense of the world. The live guitar on this songs helps the listener drift from a stressful day into a bliss of funkdefied melody. It may actually be one of my most favorable tracks on the project.

Throughout the album you can hear the pain in the rapper’s voice. It’s a beautiful pain like that of a Bob Marley meets the rap-from-the gut-flow like Tupac Shakur. Not to even try to compare the Delaware rapper to these Legendary figures, it’s just that you can hear the same determination to change the minds in his songs. The song Good is a perfect example of that determination. As he says in the song…“I’m a get it till I’m good” the listener can truly understand Capital P will not stop until he sees some success for his labor. Once again I have to go back to the erie guitar riffs that wail, to paint the picture of a rapper with a big gift trying to push this sound out of his small city.

State of Mind you can hear Cap P making a statement. He is getting the listener to understand that the happening that go on in big cities happen right there in the city of Delaware. He wants the audience to not underestimate the crime and violence that happen where he is proud to be from. As the heroin epidemic continues to stay on the rise in Ohio, he is sounding the horn the same way Grandmaster Flash did with “The Message” when he said, “It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under” State Of Mind takes you on a day in Delaware where anything can and will happen.

Tell You What… I’m predicting will be a “ladies” summer song for 2018 in the Midwest. It’s a melodic song where the rapper tries on his vocal skills for size and delivers nicely. It’s always been a formula for rappers to come out with the radio song right before the summer. This is that song. When Cap P actually played that song for me on my radio show, I asked him “So when do you come in on the song?” they all laugh and he says “That is me through the whole song” I’m like “That you singing?”….and he grins . That was another time when I became a believer in his music.

Overall, I give this album a high rating because of the production and arrangement of all the songs. It’s a solid project! You can tell time was taken on the mixing and mastering of all the songs. When I listened to this entire album, it’s like reading a book. The content has to be just as exciting as the title. I Look Up is just that exciting to listen to.

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Out of 5 stars I would give it 4 based on production and lyrical content….5’s are given for classic albums and only the rest of the world can give him that. Let’s see if I Look Up is a game changer for OHIO.

-@DJLAYNELUV

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[Featured Artist] Get SOM! Spotlight: R&B Artist Je’Melody

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So tell me a little about yourself, how did you get your stage name,where are you fromI’m from Charlotte N.C by the way of a small town in P.A called Farrell. I’ve been singing since I was four years old but I started my career in music seven years ago. “Je’Melody” was birthed on collaborative efforts lol… my first name is Jetarika so the “Je” kind of stems from that but it also means “I” in French which is the language of love and “Melody” Is a key component in music so basically it reflects my love for music.

 Why did you decide to become a Artist? I decided to be an artist because one day I realized that following the “American Dream” wasn’t in the cards for me and I didn’t want the be status quo. I knew that if I really wanted to be happy in life I needed to do what I loved and I’ve always loved music and entertainment it makes me feel complete so one day I quit my job and moved to Atlanta to pursue my dream.

Who and/or what motivates you? There are a number of things and people who motivate me but the most important is “me”. I think is the willingness to push yourself and motivate yourself is what catapults a person to the next level. If you rely on others to motivate you then what do you do when they stop? You have to be willing to stand alone and clap when no one else is clapping. Be your own support system and biggest fan. The only person you can “truly” count on at the end of the day is yourself.

What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date? Not giving up.

 What projects are you currently working on? I just released my single titled “Addicted” so we are generating a buzz off the single and have an EP lined up to release later next year.

 What changes would you like to see made in the music/entertainment industry? I’d like to see the music have more substance. There are a lot of artist who make great timeless music but a lot of the mainstream music I see doesn’t have depth. It seems like more fad music than anything is in right now.

What makes you different or sets you apart? Not to sound cliche but the fact that I’m “me” nobody else can say that they are me, I own that. Every person has unique qualities about themselves that set them apart. I just feel like I’m an individual and I don’t have to change the way I dress or try anything outlandish to grab attention. I feel that by just being people will gravitate and I can have a genuine following. 

What crews, company’s, labels are you with? Five star empire! Fleet Dj’s have been supporting my brand since I revamped everything a year ago. I met DJ OS in Fayetteville and he really liked my record and we’ve been building since then.

What type of equipment do you use, what other skills/talent do you have? I use my brain and a microphone lol. I write, I can draw a little, I know how to create websites, cook and act. 
What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies? I LOVE the movies. I go all the time mostly alone. I love to cook and try new recipes and travel. I’m really a recluse at times lol so I’m in the house when I’m not working. 

 Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? What’s your Social Media? Shout out to DJ OS and the Fleet DJs, My whole Five star Empire team Stunna, Fame, Big Roc etc., DC Music, my supporters love y’all! 

Follow Je’Melody!!!

IG: @jemel0dy
Snapchat: @shardaesworld
Twitter: @jemel0dy
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