Written by Dave Fox, MusicWithoutLabels.com
Philadelphia’s A’rin Leon, formerly known as Leon Tomas, is a tremendously talented multimedia powerhouse. Fans may recognize him from his past work with Hazie Blu as a keyboardist and vocalist, backing local artists including Yufi Zewdu, Cody Kahmar, The Bul Bey, and Osai.
He’s taken a step into the spotlight now, focusing on his solo career, a task made easier by his ability to provide such a spotlight himself as proprietor of Globalview Productions. In that role, he’s been providing photography and video services to the local music scene for years, providing him with plenty of experience to self-direct and produce this, the second video from his forthcoming Paradox Deluxe project.
Between the piano riffs, harmonious backing vocals, and guest verse from rapper Young Savage, “Paradox” brings back that classic Philadelphia R&B sound. Dwelling on the difficulties of a volatile relationship while remaining hopeful for the future, the lyrical themes are classic as well, though a bit a departure for Young Savage, whose very name is a constant reminder of his role in the local scene as “the next Meek Mill” for those who miss the MMG MC’s mixtape and braids era.
Whether this newfounded maturity extends beyond this particular feature remains to be seen, but positive discussion of commitment and marriage in music from an artist young enough to put it in the future tense is refreshing to say the least. You can pick up the previous single “All My Love” on iTunes, and be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of Leon’s Paradox Deluxe.
"It's all about delivering the quality levels of R&B to fans of the genre." A'rin states to HYPEFRESH®. "R&B isn't a dying sound. It's the epicenter of modern music, in all honesty."