In the leadup to his solo debut album, Slum Village member Young RJ is giving us some food for thought with “Issues,” the third single and video from his upcoming Blaq RoyalT project. “Issues” is a reflective examination of exactly what it implies: the many problems facing our world today. From cultural appropriation to “kids having kids” and senseless violence, RJ rides the spacey 808 production to let men know they “ain’t doin’ what men do.”
Not only does RJ hit the nail on the head about the issues, he criticizes the way people choose to address them, chastising “n—-s cryin’ out on Twitter,” and “PR stunts and fake beef,” wondering “when the game gonna be about the music again?” He may not have realized, but the combination of his effortless flow and BJ The Chicago Kid’s soulful vocals is doing it’s part to keep good music in the front and center of the conversation.
Blaq RoyalT is set to be released on October 10th, and also features De La Soul, Pete Rock, and Boldy James, who appeared on previous single “Wait.”