The return of Lil Sammy Junior is always something to look forward to. “Big Bank” leans in a deeply mellow direction in this case – a soft hip hop beat and an equally effortless string of RnB vocals make for a peaceful few minutes that feel genuinely rooted in today’s music.
Lil Sammy Junior (actual name Samuel Rodriguez Jr.) is a Long Island, New York-based Italian-Puerto Rican hip-hop and R&B performer.
As a solo artist, Rodriguez has self-produced five albums and six EPs under the moniker Samuel Anthony. Rodriguez previously fronted alternative rock band Sunning (2013-14), emo band Seechange (2015), and screamo band Otherworld (2019). Shortly after leaving Otherworld, he recorded his debut hip-hop and R&B record as Lil Sammy Junior.
Rodriguez began performing music as a child at church. He began uploading cover songs to YouTube under the alias S4MASAUR in 2008. He’s now concentrating on producing more influential music as Lil Sammy Junior, performing across Long Island and the tri-state area with bands and solo artists.
Musically, the tune features synths that appear to be far apart from conventional hip hop. This is fine, as are the riffs that shower down elsewhere, yet it adds a distinct character thread to the soundscape.
The catchy tune feels like a long-lost R&B classic, but the altered voices provide an unexpected element that works well to pique your interest from a distance. The singer delivers a superb and confident performance that lends a natural touch of authenticity and skill to this song’s component.
Things get started with this moment, and there’s a subtle crunch to the sound that makes it feel authentically anchored in the past.
The vocal variations broadly demonstrate structural qualities — the beginning melody shifts to a more rhythmic and harder-hitting delivery. You get an excellent vocal delivery with an entirely classic approach, one that fills the room with nostalgia and warmth.
As an artist, Lil Sammy Junior demonstrates the best of his abilities with a confident vocal flow and a stream of lyrics that encourage and motivate from a similarly proud and capable perspective.