Mr. LA Project by Compton Rapper, RJ, to be First Project Released on YG and DJ Mustard’s New Joint Label, 400 Summers
The 400 Summers Artist Delivers the DJ Mustard-Produced “Brackin,” A Trunk-Rattling Riders’ Anthem Premiered by Complex
#10 on the 2016 L.A. Rap Power Rankings – L.A. Weekly
“Airplay from Power 106 helped buoy RJ into a rare modern L.A. phenomenon: a ’hood-certified star whose initial support came from the people, not blog worship or major-label marketing.” – L.A. Weekly
“RJ has built a huge regional following in the West Coast, perfecting his hard uncompromising Cali street sound on this year’s OMMIO 3.“ – HotNewHipHop
“RJ looks like the next one up in the wild, wild West. Pay attention.” – XXL
A ferociously talented street rapper with an understated wisdom, skillful flows, and a knack for clearing the million view mark on his videos, RJ is a leader of Los Angeles’ rap renaissance. Following up his successful OMMIO series of mixtapes with a new full-length, RJ announces Mr. LA, a culmination of the rapper’s status as a go-to guy in the West Coast scene. Released by 400 Summers, a new joint venture between YG’s 4Hunnid Records and DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers, Mr. LA, coming May 26th, is a tribute to RJ’s home city and a celebration of the leading role that the city has assumed in hip-hop over the past half-decade.
A former high school basketball and baseball star, Rodney J. Brown Jr. has deep ties to the Compton community. Raised on the West Side, RJ’s father was a hustler and a businessman with ties to the Westside Pirus, while his grandfather was a bootlegger. After graduating high school and working several odd jobs, RJ moved to Atlanta and became deeply embedded with trap culture. He moved back to Los Angeles in 2013 and linked up with DJ Mustard, who liked RJ’s style and invited him to join his 10 Summers crew. RJ appeared on several tracks on DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers mixtape series and started his solo career with the OMMIO (On My Mama I’m On) series of mixtapes. A favorite of L.A.’s Power 106 hip-hop station, RJ heated up the airwaves with hits like “Get Rich,” his collaboration with fellow 10 Summers rapper Choice and HBK’s Iamsu!, last year’s “Flex,” which garnered over 4 million views on YouTube, and “Ride Wit Me,” featuring YG, which has over 4 million streams on Spotify. Most recently, RJ appeared on “Get Out Yo Feelins,” a highlight from YG’s Red Friday mixtape.
Flexing over an impossibly hard beat from DJ Mustard and Larry Jayy, RJ returns to the spotlight with “Brackin,” a vicious takedown of fake friends and wack rappers. Premiered by Complex, “Brackin” finds RJ showing off his elastic, sing-song flow and demonstrating his slick-talking wit: “I came a long way to ball in your section/I order bottles you order protection/I’m from the bottom it ain’t much expected/I bring the bottoms and you bring your bestie.” A club-ready rider’s anthem with hooks for days, “Brackin” is an ideal rap jam for the upcoming summer.
Pre-order Mr. LA: https://empire.lnk.to/MrLA
Listen to “Brackin”: https://soundcloud.com/empire/rj-mrla-brackin
Check out the Complex premiere: http://www.complex.com/music/2017/05/rj-joins-yg-dj-mustard-4hunnid-summers-label-drops-new-song-brackin
Firmly rooted in the Compton community, RJ is intimately familiar with the hustle. Born and raised in South Central, RJ’s father was a businessman with ties to the Westside Pirus and his grandfather a bootlegger, exposing a young RJ to the grind early on. At the age of nine, RJ began channeling his surroundings into raps after his mother put him on to Warren G and Nate Dogg. Moving to Atlanta post-high school, RJ became deeply embedded in the city’s trap culture. Upon his return to Los Angeles in 2013, RJ caught the attention of DJ Mustard, receiving an invitation to join his 10 Summers crew. RJ appeared on several tracks on DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers mixtape series and launched his solo career with the OMMIO (On My Mama I’m On) mixtape series, garnering critical acclaim from the FADER, LA Weekly, XXL, and more. Collaborating with the likes of The Game, Nipsey Hussle, Jeezy, and Ty Dolla $ign, RJ has painted name across the rap game. With his upcoming project Mr. LA releasing May 26th, RJ is making moves to place himself in the ranks of Compton’s finest.
Pre-order Mr. LA: https://empire.lnk.to/MrLA
“Only One”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHHfN6PLGWU
“Get Rich”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mnr9fJynDk
“Ride Wit Me”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTiGqOrlqWE