While NYPD was
beating pumping the breaks on the droves of fans waiting to see Drake, three other new R&B acts were taking a bite out of the Big Apple. Estelle Tweeted last night about a special R&B showcase she hosted at the Apple store in SoHo, bigging up CJ Hilton. Also making their debut was Jaicko, and John Brown. They're three multi-talented musicians winning over hearts without breaking them bad, or nearly as tough as the city's disappointment at the South Street Seaport. Get familiar with the roundup.
NAME: CJ Hilton
REPRESENTING: Baltimore, Maryland
RECORD LABEL: J Records
THE HOOK: Last night he hit the keys, but CJ is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, similar to another well-rounded beatsmith, Salaam Remi who contributed to his mixtape (The Package) and forthcoming album.
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NAME: John Brown
REPRESENTING: Detroit, Michigan
RECORD LABEL: Universal/Republic
THE HOOK: Not to be confused with the King of the Burbs, J. Brown has hood appeal too. Armed with songs like "Imma Love You Right" (produced by Bei Maejor) and "Love Again" he's got a soft spot for the true test of R&B singers—ballads, which are pretty big for the American Idol audience, and of course shopping malls.
REPRESENTING: St. James, Barbados
RECORD LABEL: Capitol Records
THE HOOK: Yes, Barbados, home to Rihanna and Shontelle. Finally a male crooner has washed up on U.S. soil. At 17 years-old, he's radio ready with the same youthful vigor that worked for Ri Ri. His album just dropped on iTunes earlier this month, squeaky clean, but room for growth like his fellow Basians.