Track: J.O. – The Letter/The Last Song

A very talented artist, J.O. of the steam-gaining Neighburrrhood stands out on the double sided “The Letter/The Last Song”.  From Chattanooga, J.O. breaks listeners off with a 2 for 1 that starts off as what struck me at first listen was something that would be more at home in an episode of Def Poetry jam than on the pages of NHWWW.  J.O.’s sole description of the effort only states “Through pain, comes poetry,” and that is all that was needed.  After “The Letter” concludes, “The Last Song” begins.  J.O. switches from the intense spoken word backed by jazzy pianos to an equally stinging ballad of sorts.  Truly a piece of art, “The Letter/The Last Song” is a beautiful, well orchestrated, attack that left me agonizing on the edge of my seat.

Rising Star: Emily Lovejoy

It is a rare feat to see an artist channel their emotions into painting in a short amount of time. This takes skill and passion that cannot be measured. In this case, the artist is Emily Lovejoy.

This recent graduate of the University of New Orleans is a force to be reckoned with. She uses her paintbrush to capture the audience at shows while DJs, bands and different hip-hop artists perform. Emily describes her unique style by simply by stating, “The process I use to create my recaptured images stems from the cognitive accumulation of tangible and intangible materials such as furry animals, baked goods, magazines, sex, lyrics, fashion and hip-hop and the graffiti lifestyle”.

Emily has worked with artists and events such as Voodoo Fest for G-Eazy, Lyriqs da Lyraciss who was featured in Where Y’at Magazine as a person to watch, the band AbPysch at House of Blues (Nola) and Uptown Getdown with DJ Quickie Mart x Tony Skratchere at Tipitina’s. Not to mention, she was chosen to represent New Orleans as RAW Visual Artist of 2013 for her contributions to The Big Easy’s music and art scenes.

Keep an eye out for Emily Lovejoy. She is an artist who’s talents you do not want to sleep on.

– Contributed by Hope Alyssa @theradiantrebel