Lauded in their respective sects of the music industry, producer Young RJ and lyricist Big Pooh join forces to produce a project unlike any that’s ever been heard before. Working with industry pioneer Scrap Dirty of Violator Managements AllstarDJs and manager for the Grammy-nominated Young RJ, the RJ/Pooh duo will inevitably be a classic. Scrap says, “I think this one of the best combinations in hip-hop right now. This album has a lot of heart and soul and will change the way cats pick and chose what they really want to hear.” Young RJ, who cites legendary J Dilla and his father as the music producers who’ve had the most influence on him, can be distinguished as a producer among producers because of his versatility. From pop, to rock, to R&B, and of course hip-hop, but he always strives to “push the envelope,” he says.
“If everybody else is doing snap music, I don’t want to just do snap music. I might do some southern tracks but it’s still going to have my feel to it—that soulful element.” Further, he says that the difference between this project and others he’s worked on is that this project is all about having fun and making good music. “We’re going to make good music. Instead of just trying to go in and … focusing on a single, we’re just trying to make good music.”
And Big Pooh, whose career began in college as a member of the North Carolina- based group Little Brother, echoes RJ’s hopeful, expectant sentiments about their upcoming project. “You can find a lot of beat makers … but they don’t actually know how to make a song out of the beat, and that’s what separates [RJ] from a lot of beat makers out there.”
So the rapper says he’s letting the producer guide the project, and take him to “different places musically” where he will be able to continue honing his craft: lyricism.
The two artists, who hale from two musically different regions of the country (one from the Midwest, the other from the South), knew of each other’s work before Scrap Dirty brought them together and initiated a partnership between the two. Because of their passion for all things musical, Big Pooh and Young RJ will forge together their backgrounds, individualized styles and approaches to music making to create an album that will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the hip hop culture.