El DeBarge Jr., namesake of the famous Motown singer El DeBarge, has released his first
solo EP album on Industry Family Entertainment. The EP record is titled “The Lion's Den”
and is a collection of original R&B and modern-soul tracks both written and performed by
El DeBarge, Jr. “The Lion's Den” is an expertly executed, tastefully composed record that
is sure to solidify young DeBarge as one of the year's most important up-and-coming
The main feature of the extended-play album is El DeBarge, Jr., himself. He is best
classified as a singer, rather than merely a vocalist, a distinction that will set
him apart from many modern performers of the R&B genre today. His voice and style
are crisp, clean, and natural like his father's, though much more sonorous and soulful.
His lyrical content tends mainly toward the romantic, though he has penned lines on
several other topics in the past. His music has deep, snappy groove and tasteful melody
lines. His rhythms take their cue from the best Motown artists of the late seventies and
early eighties. While DeBarge Jr. definitely fits in with contemporary R&B singers such
as Babyface or Chris Brown, he exudes a level of class and finesse more akin to
Marvin Gaye, or even Al Green.
The “Lion's Den” EP is not his only recent activity, however, as he has also released
a new video for his single, “Shawty R U OK.” The video, like the track itself, as well
as the entirety of DeBarge's material, showcases DeBarge's professional-yet-unpretentious
demeanor. The music video, which is expertly directed by Will J. Smith, shows that
El is obviously ready for the global arena of sound and stage performance.