[BRONX – LOS ANGELES] Making his third appearance on NikkiSiixx.com we got Hip-Hop/Rapper JU$TIN. After we review his EP “JU$TIN Designed That”, and his single “Key 2 Success”, this time I bring you my mixtape review for his latest mixtape $treet ART 2! JU$TIN has always had the love for music and even pursued it at a young age of thirteen. The time spent honing his craft at such a young age, helped JU$TIN develop strong songwriting skills that would come in handy when he eventually became a solo artist. Dreams of rap superstardom didn’t happen as fast as JU$TIN would’ve liked during his teenage years, so music became a part-time hobby since he needed full-time work to help pay the bills and keep the lights on as he got older.
Feeling the pressure of the inner-city life closing in, JU$TIN took a chance and enlisted in the U.S. NAVY for some time. During his time in the service he was able to travel across the globe and gain a newfound appreciation for HipHop culture’s popularity around the world. After leaving the Navy, JU$TIN relocated to Los Angeles to pursue two of his childhood dreams which are Music and Art. And started attending school at Santa Monica College. Working towards his Graphic Design major while taking audio engineering classes to be able to record and mix his own music, and handle the artwork/photography needed to promote it properly.
Now its time to get in on my review for JU$TIN’s latest project. Considering this is his fourth project, JU$TIN definitely shows us improvement with his releases. $treet ART 2 is the second in a series of freestyle projects that JU$TIN does to sharpen his flow and spazzes out lyrically, while paying homage to classic 90’s Hip-Hop instrumentals and showing love to the street artists/Graf writers all over the world. This is the tape for them. $treet Art 2 is about thirty minutes long and builds awareness for his brand and expanding to his fanbase and new fans.
For the twelve track mixtape my favorite tracks off of $treet ART 2 are Pain 4 Profit, Key 2 Success, Fresh Denim, Living Proof, Where My Homies, and Adam & EVE. Let’s take a trip down memory lane with the Bronx, NY native as he adds his own creative spin to 90’s NYC classic songs from artists like Wu-Tang Clan, C-N-N, and Fat Joe just to name a few.
[PAIN 4 PROFIT] I feel JU$TIN is really opening up on this track. We find out the struggles he goes through and how he works on trying to overcome them. Dealing with life expenses that you can’t afford, people and their fuckery, and the situations that you have no control when finding out his mother had a lump in her breast. Since he’s flow is a slow paced it makes you feel JU$TIN is there right next to you, telling you what’s up. This smooth beat was produced by @TheBeatBrigade.
[KEY 2 SUCCESS] After getting inspired from DJ Khalded’s infamous Snapchats and motivational words for a better life. JU$TIN made a creative, dope track packed with a lot of “Mogul Talk” & hard-hitting bars. KEY 2 SUCCESS was a great way to keep listeners waiting for $treet ART 2 project that was still not out yet until now.
[FRESH DENIM] His ride and his money show people he’s flexin’. JU$TIN clarifies what he wants a woman who has drive. He expresses he needs a woman that is on the same hustle he’s on. Produced by @AOneBeats. I asked JU$TIN what was the concept he wanted the listeners to get and here’s what he had to say: The concept behind ‘Fresh Denim’ is that its a fun song that’s a play on the words in the title of the song. Where I talk about chasing your dreams and pushing it to the limit when it comes to achieving your goals. Whether it’s going after that girl you’re interested in before someone cuffs her up like some Fresh Denim or riding around in your car feeling like your fresher then ’em.
[LIVING PROOF] JU$TIN brings us his bars over DJ PREMIER’S “Living Proof” beat. The vibe brings you back to New York in the 90’s. That old school sound and JU$TIN voice really embodied that vibe. Wanted to share with you the Tropic Thunder sample used in the track. I thought it was cool to add and the cover art of the track is an artistic portrait of Robert Downey Jr’s character Kirk Lazarus.
[WHERE MY HOMIES] JU$TIN this time freestyles over an ILL AL Skratch “Where My Homiez” 1992. Definitely get the West Coast vibes on this one. JU$TIN talks about the good times in his hometown, chilling with his friends up to no good. Creative spin to 90’s NYC classic song.
[ADAM & EVE] One thing that really stood out to me was the production, which is from GangStarr ‘Just To Get A Rep’ Produced By DJ Premier. It kinda reminds me of retro arcade video games. JU$TIN also showcases his ability to rap over different sounding beats, with this freestyle.
I asked JU$TIN what were his favorite tracks off the mixtape and this is what he had to say: “My 3 favorite tracks on the project are ‘Pain 4 Profit’, ‘Killer Tape, and ‘Last Laugh”. I like ‘Pain 4 Profit’ alot, because it’s an audio self portrait of my life and the obstacles I had to overcome. The listener can close their eyes and picture everything that I’m saying when they hear it. I felt it would be the perfect intro for anyone whose listening to me for the first time, because its an accurate depiction of who I am as an artist. ‘Killer Tape’ is my personal fav of all the freestyles that are on the tape, because I’m a big Wu-Tang fan and loved their whole movement and what they brought to the game, so when I found that ‘Clan N Da Front’ beat I wanted to pay homage to them by spazzing on it and going in. I listen to ‘Last Laugh’ alot, cuz I love how my flow fits perfect with Beat Bangaz dope beat. It has a cool trap vibe that I think people will mess with and the concept to that song is to stay focused and never worry about what a hater has to say, because you’ll always get the Last Laugh when you’re successful.”.
JU$TIN is currently working on some new merch items like posters, stickers, and some new graphic tees that will be up in his merch store very soon. He is also working on getting some visuals done during the Spring/Summer for some of the freestyles and songs on $treet ART 2.
Staying focused on going the indie route to build his brand up through music and creative side projects. He’s currently trying to get college radio airplay in the LA area and looking to book shows to expand the brand and push his movement forward. Be on the lookout for more content from JU$TIN by following him on his social media links below. This concludes my mixtape review on BX-LA Artist JU$TIN with his $treet Art 2 project.
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