This week we hit the West Coast for 10 essentials from Mr. LA himself, RJ.
It's hard to say that the West Coast rap is back, because it never really left, however, it is definitely apparent that the West Coast music scene for hip hop hasn't been this lit since the likes of Tupac, NWA and so on. Thanks to rappers and labels like TDE and Iamsu!, and more, LA has finally taken it's place back on top of the thrown of elite rap regions. Within the dense region of Southern California in the sprawling city of Los Angeles, a would be rap revolution is going on an it is being led by a concentrated group of aggressive artists infusing a new era of street culture with the long standing traditions of G-funk and West Coast style.
Within that array of artists is emerging act Rodney J. Brown Jr. aka RJ, aka Mr. LA. RJ burst onto the scene in 2013 with his debut mixtape O.M.M.I.O (On My Momma I'm On) and has since garnered recognition far beyond his stomping grounds in Los Angeles. Though he has only been active in the game for few years, there is no shortage of his music as he has released seven official projects including his Taking Niggas Beats and O.M.M.I.O mixtape series' and his debut album Mr. LA, released on May 26th 2017.
Now the rapper is ready to make his run at taking over the world stage and it seems that there is nothing that can stop him from steam rolling the path to becoming an international artist. With his impending takeover inching closer and closer everyday, we took the time out to review some of RJ's most essential tracks to provide background on the Los Angeles rappers ultimately ferocious rise to stardom.