Mr. Lex

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The latest hot boy on the dancehall scene, Lexxus has vocals that are as smooth as coconut milk, with the expected dash of spicy roughness. The opening track on Mr. Lex, "Get Wid It" provides a telling example of the DJ's swaggering style. Full of pounding riddims and sexy edginess, the tune was a dancehall favorite and a good indication of Lexxus' talent. Although his voice bears a close resemblance to dancehall king Beenie Man's bellowing vocals, Lexxus displays a certain amount of freshness and humor that is often lacking from Beenie's songs.

This 20-tune CD is packed with catchy hits, making it an essential for dancehall fans. "Ring Mi Cellie," Lexxus' first smash, percolates with hip-winding beats and testosterone: "She say that mi not easy/She kinda vex/'Cause her best friend please me." "Di Message," featuring Dean Fraser's unmistakable sax playing, adds an old school rocksteady flavor to the mix. The ingenious "Thug Love," with golden-voiced Wayne Wonders, samples Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby," and "Stress" burns with slammin' beats. Mr. Lex announces a promising career for Lexxus.

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