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Miami-based singer/producer/songwriter, J-Idris, has partnered today with DatPiff to premiere his latest project, a mixtape #VcVc (Very Close, Very Close)#VcVc is a perfect fusion of dance, pop and R&B. J-Idris gets very personal as he invites the listener into his world full of struggle and determination, providing an entertaining story told over fresh beats. Along with some throwback moments, #VcVc is a instant staple on any summer playlist. Download #VcVc, brought to you byHot + Messy Records, here: http://bit.ly/VcVcDatPiff.

J-Idris recently debuted the official music video for his summer hit single, “Stare At The Ocean,” exclusively on Earmilk:http://bit.ly/OceanEarMilk.  This magical song has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response in the clubs and is steadily being added to rotation on radio stations including Vic Latino’s Party 105.3 (WPTY), WXJZ (Gainesville), K104.7 (WSPK), WCPT Chicago, Sirius XM BPM radio and Music Choice. Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Stonebridge(Madonna, Crystal Waters) recently remixed the track which fans can stream here: http://bit.ly/OceanStoneBridge.

J-Idris’ recent relocation to Miami is directly reflected in his latest oeuvre. The listener can feel the artist’s angst, struggles and new-found resolution as it is recounted over fresh, sunny, energetic sounds. He manages to stay a step ahead of the curve sonically while knocking out a catchy sound that current top 40 radio is both lacking and craving. His music adds a refreshing, upbeat and funky spirit to something that comes from victoriously having fought the demons within the depths of his soul.

A true artist, J-Idris is also a musical visionary.  Not only is music his passion, it is in his composition.  Born Justin Smith in New Jersey to Charles Smith (co-founder of Kool and the Gang) and Rai Ragland (a popular back up singer featured on the classic track “Celebration”), he was raised in the presence of A-list celebrities, all night parties and endless studio sessions. His parents were often on the road, which left Justin to mature at a young age and with a need to develop his own musical style. J-Idris notes that while he was born into the “party going on right here,” life was not always “good times and laughter throughout the years.”  It was not until moments before the untimely death of his father, that the proverbial torch was passed and his inner artist emerged. A new sound poured out that eloquently infuses EDM & pop with elements of rock and hip-hop to promote a positive message and an overall feel-good vibe. He is a natural performer who has toured the world, playing stadiums in front of 50,000 people – on stage is where this artist really comes alive.

Be sure to catch J-Idris throughout the summer, popping up for appearances at major clubs in worldwide, from the Hamptons to Miami to Ibiza.

Tracklist:

1. U Were My Everything

2. Rose Petals

3. Stare At The Ocean (Discotech Remix)

4. Stare At The Ocean

5. Finally

6. Don’t Be Afraid (Interlude)

7. We Are Strong

8. Spend Our Nites

9. Use Ur Love

10. Shade Box ft. Zeke Thomas

11. Beautiful Art ft. Taryn Manning

12. New Life (Bonus Track)