He built a sizable fanbase in Los Angeles with his sing-song flow, impossibly hard mixtapes, and prolific array of riders’ anthems–now, RJMrLA is ready to show you the man behind the curtain. Today, the L.A. rapper shares On God, his long-awaited debut album. Fine-tuning the rhythmic urgency, unshakeable flow, and facility with earworm hooks evident in his previous work, On God uses its 20 tracks to examine every aspect of RJ’s life, from the chaotic pursuit of stardom in “Rat Race,” to his desire to freeze time to spend more time with his family on “Time,” to his need to find a moment’s peace in “Bang My Line,” to his humble origins on the thrilling “Apartment.” The new album is RJ’s most sonically varied to date, keeping a firm foundation in the snapping snares and melodic bass of the new Los Angeles sound, but incorporating Southern touches like reverbed guitars, and acknowledging his city’s history with glistening pianos and synth strings reminiscent of prime-era DJ Quik. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
“The phrase ‘on God’ has been used in urban society an ample amount of times as somewhat of a promise or basically giving your word that your statement is true,” RJ told Complex upon announcing the project in June. “So instead of saying ‘I swear to God’ we’re saying I put my word ‘on God.’”
His official debut album after several successful mixtapes, including his popular OMMIO (On My Momma I’m On) series and 2017’s Pitchfork-praised The Ghetto, a collaboration with Mustard, On God is a mature effort from RJ, forgoing party anthems for heavier thematic content, but still bringing enough energy and head-nodding moments to make an ideal listen for riding your vert down PCH. Featuring appearances from Young Thug, Schoolboy Q, Snoop Dogg, Mozzy, Rich the Kid, G-Eazy, Ty Dolla $ign, The Game, and OT Genasis, among others, and production from DJ Swish (who’s made hits for YG and Post Malone) and more, On God releases via EMPIRE.
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