Jae Millz - Once Upon A Time In Harlem      
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Every year a new kid arrives on the mixtape scene and is thrown into the spotlight as the next emcee to blow. Jae Millz is indeed that next emcee in a long line of youthful talent just waiting to shine. The Harlem USA emcee has quietly gained a buzz in the mixtape scene the past year with various freestyles, along with his cameo appearance on MTV’s “Making The Band”. But don’t get Jae confused with others of his mold; he is much more than a mixtape emcee. He possesses a wide variety of talents, which is shown throughout the 25 track mixtape entitled “Once Upon A Time In Harlem”.

Jae Millz is an emcee that may come off as your typical street emcee featured on every mixtape, however, once you get to hear Jae’s entire catalogue and arsenal, your opinions are sure to change. Simply put, Jae Millz can spit with the best of them. He provides razor sharp lyricism that is blended with a cocky street persona and rugged demeanor. His work on various freestyles over hits such as Talib Kweli’s “Get By”, Jay-z’s “Hovi Baby” and D-Block’s “Two Gunz Up” are proof that lyrically Millz is not to be messed with. Jae can also switch it up with his flow, as seen on the “You, Me, Him & Her” freestyle. However, there have been hundreds of mixtape emcees that have come and went, only to flop when their album officially dropped. This is still a question for Millz, but with such joints as the newfound commercial hit “Rude Boys Get Up (No, No, No)”, which samples Dawn Penn’s reggae classic “You Don’t Love Me”, Jae looks to overcome such a challenge.

For those unfamiliar wit the Jae Millz sound, “Once Upon A Time In Harlem” is a good place to start. While only a mixtape, Jae shows a lot of promise, but the question still remains if Jae can actually translate his lyrical style into making good songs and a great album. But if Jae can live up to the hype, Hip Hop could be in for a shock as Millz tries to take Hip Hop “Back To Tha Future” like “Marty and Doc” with his debut album.

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