Virginia rap artist uRLee (born Roger Lee Burley) possesses the distinctive ability to mix old school sound from the early (or “uRLee” as some fans would say) days of rap with contemporary, relevant lyrics. He’s also been blessed with the rare gift to be real in his lyrics without being cynical. His strong voice often matched with smooth music conveys messages of positivity for all listeners. While he raps with an “in-your-face” kind of approach, it’s always done so with personal vulnerability and dignity, using encouraging words to open listeners’ eyes and ears to hope and integrity. This is evident in uRLee’s current project, Walks of Life, recorded at Cue Recording Studios in northern Virginia. With a classy style and cerebral subject matter, Walks of Life fuses beats of big band, Motown, and jazz. It outlines uRLee’s walk in his 29 years of life, from his baby shoes, to the street shoes of his teens, to his now more sophisticated shoes of his 20s, representing his growth both as a musician and as a person. Anxious listeners can take a walk in uRLee’s shoes and experience his positive message by downloading Walks of Life at [www.urleemusic.bandcamp.com], available [04-09-2012].