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DJ Folk Rates Artists from’s The Break

Three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), a new artist is featured on’s The Break. An ideal destination for fans, artists, and industry members, The Break showcases up and coming talent, giving a brief introduction on the artist or group, and highlighting some of their standout music. Each month, industry insiders will team with XXL to rate and comment on the submissions.

For the month of April, DJ Folk of Young Jeezy’s Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE)—who will serve as one of three judges—checked out the section to see what yesterday’s talent (J NiCS) had to offer. Check out his comments below.

Overall: L

J NiCS “From The South” (to see more from J NiCS, click here)

I have previous knowledge of J NiCS through my good friend Ashley Outrageous ( I see all the compairsons to other rappers noted in the short bio. His music is definitely social commentary charged which is pretty dope instead of dumbing it down for commercial appeal.

Standout Record for me is “From The South” like its syrup beat and his flow brought me in the realm of the late 90’s screw tapes. If Screw was alive, I could see him putting this record on one of his mixtapes. Really dope record.

“Never Be Free” is the type of social commentary record we need more from artists. These records kind of add balance the ra -ra of the ignorant (yet but sometimes very entertaining) records. Enjoyable concept (not new but still solid).

“Road To Riches,” [is a] cool song. Probably my least favorite record [but] it wasnt bad by no means [instead it felt] more [like] a filler record. He rode the beat very well with good lyrics.

J NiCS is on the grind down in South Florida. He definitely is like everyone else coming up, one record away from that mass appeal. [I] definitely see him tearing up the underground market and having a prosperous career doing a lot of shows domestically and internationally.

Thanks XXL for this opportunity to review and give feedback to upcoming and artists cause some of my peers won’t take time to offer insight. It was dope for me and the artists involved.

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