Recommend if you like: The Weeknd, Jeremih, anyone signed to OVO

Expectation: Jahkoy is a Canadian rapper/singer signed to Def Jam.

NOTABLE TRACKS

  • California Heaven – Super smooth opener. ScHoolboy Q feels completely out of place, but will be sure to draw good exposure for the project.
  • 1000 Times – Shows off Jahkoy’s rapping, though the more impressive aspect is the complete instrumental shift that accompanies his verse.
  • No Regrets – So formulaic it hurts. Straight Shawn Mendes vibes the whole way through. The autotune doesn’t kill the song, but it certainly doesn’t save it.
  • Don’t Stop the Vibe – Smooth track with a great outro.

Overall: While brief, this was a fairly decent project. I would have enjoyed more exploration of the disparity between Jahkoy’s rapped and sung styles, but nevertheless I enjoyed several tracks on the project that were exclusively sung. While Jahkoy’s sound is as safe as you can get, he shows potential, and I hope that he comes out with a longer, more ambitious project in the future.

Score: 4.5/10

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