Josh Xantus has caught the ear of industry greats both old and new, and it seems he has the DNA for industry success. He's a classically-trained pianist, Juilliard alum and a skilled songwriter among other things. Given his background, you'd be right to have certain expectations for "Love Games," the opening track on the Everybody Hates Josh X mixtape, dropping on April 30th. I wanted to love "Love Games," I really did. But, by the end of the song all I could muster was a "like" on Facebook.
Jadakiss starts the promising track off with a mildly comedic (but insightful) dose of haterade, setting Josh up to bring it home vocally. This is where he falters with a flat delivery. His voice isn't bad -- it's actually reminiscent of Mario's. Close your eyes and you might get confused if not for the fact that Mario exudes a bit more vocal character. For those already familiar with Josh Xantus, the forgettable "Love Games" may get a pass, but he's unlikely to garner many new fans with this one. We don't hate you Josh, just give us something more memorable to love. [Photo: Sean Jamar]