Ro$ewood Renegade is the stage name of Jimmy Brown Jr, a born-and-raised Austin, Texas rapper and songwriter with an extensive musical family. Several of his family members have achieved success individually, and Brown aims to follow suit by carving out his own path. Indeed, he has, having initially gained local popularity in high school alongside his brother through the duo Double or Nuttin, and later on as a solo artist with manager Phil Jackson, through the establishment of his own record label Kommittee Rich Ent LLC.
Brown’s latest single is “Knockin’,” which, in combination with its cover art, makes use of a clever metaphor centering on the difficulties in breaking into the music industry. The single’s beat is well-balanced, with the distortion of its bass foundation functioning cleanly alongside the tiptoe of the lead synth melody. As Brown’s tonality and delivery suit the type of involvement that is typical for modern hip hop, there’s certain purity about how it sits in the mix — dry and raw, while detailing his rollercoaster of roadblocks — that demonstrates kinship with his listeners as well as it insinuates the reality of the situation. When all of its factors are considered, this track ends up working competently as an opener for the general challenges of today’s music industry, and its placement in a future full-length concept would be ideal.
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