It took one live performance to make me a fan of RJMrLA. Matching the energy and electricity of YG —one of our most underrated contemporary performers to be honest—is no small feat, but opening up for the Young Gangsta on his Fuck Donald Trump Tour, RJ did just that and set a tone for one of the best shows I saw that year. To have a mayoral moniker like Mr LA, one must be as genial, charismatic, and commanding as any town leader, qualities RJ put on display in spades across his seminal self-titled project not long after the tour wrapped.
Fast forward to today, though, and he hasn’t gone quite as far as quickly as I thought he would, but it seems like that stasis is finally coming to an end. If RJ’s been quiet, it’s because he’s been working—and plotting. Today comes a new song and video for “Apartment,” as well as a big announcement with it: the rapper, long associated with 400 Summers, is now with Empire, which is where he’ll release his new album: On God.
Watch the video for “Apartment” above and be on the lookout for more releases leading up to On God.