"Let's talk about money & gold... I need plenty."
These are the opening lines that emerge from a gravelly-voice on a track titled "Glo", the opener to the debut project "MiD@$"(Midas) from Bronx upstart Smoove Boy Jay. Released under the indie imprint Marathon Music, "MiD@$" is an eclectic mix of somber bassy beats, energetic wordplay, and ambitious songwriting that paints the picture of a young man on a mission to obtain all that he has coming to him. Jay has some company from his brothers-in-bars on songs like "I Was Wrong", where him and label-mate Que Billionaire have a lyrical swag off as they go back and forth on a Cxdy production. "New Day" featuring his Smoove Boyz brethren Smoove Boy Vick, puts both the past & present generations on notice to the fact that the tide is turning in Hip Hop and they DEMAND that they be included. Bravado is in abundance throughout "MiD@$", but there are also moments where Jay decides to be dare I say...."smoove" and puts his soft spot for the fairer sex on display like on the Latho Sifredi produced "Wedding Story (Interlude)".
In 12 tracks, Smoove Boy Jay makes it clear that he's here for the girls, the glory, and of course the gold. However, he's not willing to compromise his soul to obtain any of these things. Family & Faith are heavily represented in various forms through the project. A sign that as long as those things remain true and firm in Jay's life along with his ability to set the booth ablaze, there is no way he can be stopped. If "MiD@$" is any indication that anything Smoove Boy Jay puts his hands on in the future will have that 24 karat gleam, then Hip Hop will definitely be more valuable when it's all said and done.
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