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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Break-Up' (Jahmen Music Group)
Artist - Benjah

Award-winning producer and artist Benjah has just released his latest album The Break-Up via Jahmen Music Group and 220 Entertainment. The highly anticipated follow-up to his first album, Filtered, his latest features guest performances by Rachael Lampa, Group 1 Crew, Dillavou, Andy “C-Lite” Mineo, Ron Kenoly, Jr. and more.

The Break-Up creates a refreshing blend of hip-hop, R&B, reggae and power pop that is sure to resonate with fans of musical contemporaries like Lecrae, TobyMac, Drake and Rihanna.

The album begins with a quick intro track, before 'Not Alone' adamantly strides before us. With additional vocals from a Rihanna-sounding Rachael Lampa, then comes the poppier 'Sinking Ship' and the dancefloor slide of 'Jezebel.'

Unexpectedly, musically, the deep gangsta funk of 'Keep Ridin' is next. A song that took me by surprise, it is easily one of the best on this new album. With St. Matthew & Dillavou joining Benjah on the crunk track '3rd World,' we then get both 'Walkin' Out' and the meaningful 'On Grace I Stand.'

Benjah was one of the original members of Group 1 Crew and had the opportunity to produce and write for five songs on their self-titled freshmen project with Word/Warner Records. Here, they return the favor by joining him on 'My Angel,' before the longest track on the album, 'Read Me' featuring C-Lite & Ron Kenoly, Jr.

Benjah's sophmore solo album uses a relationship metaphor to paint a picture of the Christian's fight against the flesh, and musically continues that with 'C.N.L.Y.G.,' which means 'Can Not Let You Go,' really good mid-tempo dance track. The album closes with both the begging-to-be-saved 'Orphan' and the piano-inspired title track, 'The Break-Up.'

Russell A. Trunk

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