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The Time Has Come

by J Trey

The 2003 debut album from Iowa's favorite Hip-Hop, R&B group. Commercially acceptable underground music.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Rap mix
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1. Some Words
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2. Forever Roll
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3. It's My World (feat. Jasmine & Rae)
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4. Some Will Come
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5. Drift Away
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6. Oh Shit Again
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7. At Times
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8. Spread the Luv
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9. The Good Stuff
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10. Welcome to the I (feat. Bullet)
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11. That's All
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12. Lover, Lover
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13. All the Things
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14. Feelin' You (feat. Kameil Madison)
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15. Been a Long Time (feat. Jasmine & Rae)
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The Time Has Come (2003) is the debut album from Iowa State's most anticipated Hip-Hop group J Trey. The album features 15 hot songs boasting the singles "Welcome To The I" (featuring Bullet) and "Drift Away" a remake of the 1973 classic rock song from Dobie Gray. The record features tracks from up and coming producers Big Ice & Oral Bee (The Playboy Foundation) and Seenic. The album is home to underground favorites "Feelin You" (feat. Kameil Madison), "At Times" , and "It's My World". The J Trey debut is setting a new standard, raising the bar of expectation in Iowa's underground Hip-Hop community. "The Time Has Come" is only a preview of what's to come from this rising Midwest Trio. The Iowa Hip-Hop Movement begins February 11th, 2003.


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This Album Is Very Well Put Together
A+9 Records & EastSide Records present J-Trey. Straight outta Iowa this trio is made up of Skylar Johnson, J T & Jay B and with a recently released debut album "The Time Has Come" J Trey is looking to put Iowa on the hip-hop radar. The album is eclectic mix of Hip-Hop and Rock n Roll that works very well for the group. The album opens with a short intro with nice flows from the group. "Forever Rolls" follows with a nicely produced track from AngelCity2. The albums first gem comes in the form of "Some Will Come" produced by Soleternity this track is more of a rock song with a hip hop influence to it. The song is very catchy and is definitely something that I will be listening to for awhile. The group's first single from the album is "Drift Away" which is remake from Dobie Gray's song of the same title. What is sure to become an Iowa underground classic is the album's hottest song "Welcome To The I" features Bullet and a slumping beat from Big Ice. Bullet and all the members of J Trey shine over this heater. The perfect bar-room banger "Lover, Lover" is sure to keep your toes tapping and head nodding, a very catchy song that will leave you singing the chorus long after the song has ended. Overall this album is a very well put together project that is something different from the norm, it has very few missteps (Oh Shit Again) and will be a valuable addition to any CD collection. Fans of artists like Linkin Park, P.O.D. and Kid Rock I'm sure will love this album.


This Is The Kind Of Album That Can Prove To Be Special Over Time
What do you get when you take a pot, mix it up with rock, blues, R&B and rap? J-Trey that's who? This group comes from the state of Iowa and just looking through their biography you cannot help but be impressed by who has already approached them for a possible deal. I'm speaking about Arista and Atlantic. However they decided to take the independent route by signing to A+9 Records in Bakersfield California. Now when EastSide Records got a deal with Bayside Distribution J-Trey decided to get Eastside Records to distribute this cd.

J-Trey consists of members Skylar Johnson, JT and Jay B. Now when you listen to this album you will notice that it is very different to what you normally hear these days. It is even very different to what EastSide has been releasing.

Now some of the tracks on here have mass appeal. For instance "Forever Roll", produced by AngelCity2 is a radio friendly track that has national hit potential. Another one that can break through the underground/commercial border is "Some Will Come" which is an R&B track that drifts over a bouncy track but done is a very different but good way. Of course I can't not mention J-Trey's rendition of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away". The track has a bar environment feel to it, it'd be cool to listen to this while you drinking a Milk Stout in an Irish pub. I also digged "At Times" which is a soulful track that reminds me a lot of 70's Motown. They also make good use of popular tracks like Plum's "Damaged" by looping the beat and using the entire chorus of that track in "All The Things".

One of the hottest tracks on here is "Welcome To The I" featuring Bullet. This one is produced by Big Ice and Oral Bee who are from Norway by the way. This is a hot track. The keyboard work on here is beautiful and works well with Bullet's good hooks. I like the keyboard stabs in the verses and overall this track will have you jumping out your seat.

Another one that shakes asses from here to Albuquerque is "Feeling You" featuring Kameil Madison and if this one doesn't get picked up by radio I'd be shaking the deejay through the box saying something like, "What is wrong with you!".

Overall this is the kind of album that can prove to be special over time. I also imagine that in order to experience J-Trey you need to see them live. They just come across as strong live performers. I myself would enjoy their music in a pub while I'm getting drunk on Tafel Lager from Namibia. A well rounded release that would appeal to a wide range of people.

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A Great Album!
Some Words
Production : Seenic
Vocals : J Trey
A very calm beat, even a little sad. It's an intro and a song in one. The song is just about introducing the J Trey album. It's kind of confusing cause it sounds like a deep song but it's actually just about themselves. Jay B's in the background at times wich is pretty cool. A good intro-song.
"Please leave these to the peeps with expertise..."

Forever Roll
Production : AngelCity2
Vocals : J Trey
This song has a cool sound to it, at times it even sounds a little Latin. This is a very tight song right here cause the sung hook, done by Jay B, is real catchy and the verses are also very clean. I just know you'll enjoy this one. Great song.
"Everybody always said I was crazy..."

It's My World
Production : Skylar Johnson & JT
Vocals : J Trey, Jasmine & Rae
To be honest I liked the other beats more, this sounds kind of strange to my ears. Besides that it's pretty okay, they've got some cool singing in this song. But one thing that annoys me is that the beat overpowers the vocals sometimes. It's an okay song but nothing too special.
"If I ruled the world. It's my motherfucking world... "

Some Will Come
Production : Soleternity
Vocals : J Trey
This one right here is hella tight. Damn! The hook is great, it'll really blow your mind. Jay B dropped some heated vocals on this one. This is actually an R&B song and I think it's real good. This track shows the diversity of the album. If you like R&B, you'll feel this one.
"All I know is some will come..."

Drift Away
Production : Skylar Johnson
Vocals : J Trey
This is the first single off the album. It's a remake of Dobie Gray's version. I got to be honest with you I never heard the original but I'm feeling this one. Jay B has a lot of talent with his voice. This is a very relaxing song, maybe something you should bump when you're with your girl, it seems made for that. My opinion is that this is probably the best song they could've to release as a single, a lot of commercial appeal.
"And get lost in your rock'n roll and drift away..."

Oh Shit Again
Production : Skylar Johnson & JT
Vocals : J Trey
This is probably a second version of a song they made before. This song has a rock feeling to it with all the guitars in it. No, I can't say I like this song. It sounds like Insane Clown Posse mixed with Limp Bizkit, no not my style at all. I don't skip it though cause Jay B drops some vocals on it. If that wasn't on it, I'd skip it for sure.
"What you gonna do, J Trey coming trough y'all..."

At Times
Production : Seenic
Vocals : J Trey
This is a pretty cool song, the beat is real tight. The verses sound like they're recorded in a bad studio though cause they sound real quiet in contrast to the beat, but it's still good. The hook is real tight though, once again due to the appearance of Jay B. Good song but short though.
"At times I say things just can't go my way..."

Spread The Luv
Production : AngelCity2
Vocals : J Trey
Additional Vocals : Jasmine & Rae
This song starts off real funny with a real young rapping girl. The beat is real good again, I don't know any of the producers but they all do pretty good beats. The hook is once again real good, this is probably the best thing about the J Trey album, they always have great hooks. Another good song.
"Spread the luv, baby..."

The Good Stuff
Production : AngelCity2
Vocals : J Trey
Additional Vocals : Jasmine & Rae
This song sure is good stuff. A song that makes you happy with a midtempo beat. I'm running out of things to say about this album cause I'm always repeating myself. Great production, great hooks and good verses. Once again a good song.
"It's the good stuff, that make you wanna uh..."

Welcome To The I
Production : Big Ice & Oral Bee
Vocals : J Trey & Bullet
Oh boy! Big Bullet, J Trey and the Norwegian Playboy Foundation dawgs. How the hell can this go wrong? This is my favourite track off the album. Although it's an anthem for Iowa, I still think anyone will feel this one. Big Bullet and the J Trey boys drop some heated verses. They fit perfectly with the crispy Playboy Foundation beat. And on top of that Jay B drops his sung vocals in a marvelous way. Simply lovely!
"Welcome to the I, come drink with us..."

That's All
Production : Muneshine
Vocals : J Trey
Additional Vocals : Jasmine & Rae
I'm not a fan of this beat, it's okay but it's really plain. But that doesn't mean the song is bad, not at all. The hook is perfect and makes the song worth listening to. Just imagine this song with a better beat, it'd probably be one of the best songs off the album than.
"Just when I thought it was going alright, I was wrong when I thought I was right..."

Lover Lover
Production : JT
Vocals : J Trey
I like the guitar in this one, it gives the song a cool feeling. It even reminds me of a country song, but with a hip hop twist wich is really tight. I like the way J Trey mixes all kinds of music in their songs. I got to admit, I didn't think they were going to be too special. But now I'm a fan for sure.
"I'm gonna pack my bags and I'm gonna go away, I'm gonna split I can't stand it..."

All The Things
Production : Skylar Johnson
Vocals : J Trey
I don't like this beat at all, this is way too dark for my taste. I wonder why they used a beat like this when they clearly can make better music. Anyway besides that the hook is real tight. But the verses sound dark too thanks to the beat. Not a very good song.
"I said all the thing that I wanted to say and you can't take back what you've taken away cause I feel you..."

Feelin' You
Production : AngelCity2
Vocals : J Trey & Kameil Madison
Another track produced by AngelCity2, and once again very tight. I really don't know what else I can say, it's another song with a great hook and a matching beat. Kameil Madison drops a female rap verse wich is alright, not a big fan of female rap but it's cool anyway. A good song but there are better one's on this album.
"I really wanna be with you and do all the things you do..."

Been A Long Time
Production : The Emporer
Vocals : J Trey, Jasmine & Rae
The album ends with a song just like all the others. Very good hook, nice verses and an okay beat. I do have to say that I'm a huge fan of Jay B's voice, he sounds real cool. It's a nice song to finish off the album, you'll feel this one.
"It's been a long time, you know I'm out to get mine..."

This is one of the better albums of 2003, although it just started. What's so special about these guys you ask. Well, they use all kinds of music and mix it with a healthy dose of good ol' hip hop. They use musical influences from R&B and Soul to Rock, Latin music and even a little bit of Country. Don't expect an excellent lyrical delivery though cause the way they rap isn't what you would call a lyrical wonder. But if you're looking for some relaxing music and something you can chill to, you should have this album in your collection. J Trey consists of JT, who does the production and the raps. So does Skylar Johnson. And than there's my favourite, Jay B who does the sung vocals and some rapping. This killer combo will sure be an excellent addition to your pile of cds. In short : A great album with a lot of different vibes to it. It's very entertaining but I don't recommend it to anyone who wants to hear a great lyrical delivery.