G STAR is a new album from Gio, a Los Angeles based artist who’s originally from Kansas City. The album blends elements of hip hop, pop and R&B, with various tracks taking on characteristics of one style more than the other. The songs are primarily vocal and harmony driven, as Gio doubles as both a rapper and singer. The album is very top 40 friendly. It actually sounds like the kind of contemporary pop you’d hear playing in clothing stores. Gio is a capable performer, but what I find really impressive about G STAR is the selection of beats. The backing music is colorful and genuinely top tier. Nearly every song has a light and grooving intro that just sparkles. This debut album is well produced and has some genuine potential to make waves.
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