Every now and then, you have to give people the credit they deserve for saying dumb things on social media. Yesterday, a tweet regarding the trajectory of Roddy Ricch’s career was making the round on different timelines.
“He made one good album and [we] ain’t heard from him since,” one user wrote as he posted a picture of Roddy Ricch’s debut album, Please Forgive Me For Being Antisocial.
First, the title suggests that the California native likes to release music and then be left alone. Second, the album came out 18 months ago. Third, he released a single for his sophomore album in May. Above all else, great artists that put out quality work take their time to produce new projects. In the U.S., artists like J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Frank Ocean and several others take time off in between albums to develop new concepts and sounds. Outside of the U.S., an artist like Dave is just coming back around with the first single off of his sophomore album after releasing Psychodrama in March 2019.
The bottom line is that great artists take their time. This line of thinking also applies to rising artists like Enny in London and IDK in Maryland. Out in Missouri, an artist by the name of J Dash is proving this thought process to be true.
Two years ago, he put out “The Wire” with Femdot. Backed by production from Charles Lauste and 5th of Hen, the single showcased his lyrical ability while paying homage to the classic television series. One year later, he followed up with “B*tch, I’ Gone” and then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Thankfully, this period allowed the St. Louis native to put more time and deliver Black Onyx. Simply put, great art takes time.
Over the course of 12 tracks, J-Hop takes listeners on a wild ride of ups, downs, love and laughs throughout St. Louis with a soulful soundtrack. Along the way, he connects with Sherren Olivia, Big Neph, Femdot, Ro Marsalis, WhoIsCrisJay and Mansaeh. Not to mention, he samples classic records like “Hot In Here” and the “All That” theme song. Check out the full project below.