RJ tell us his story in ‘Northern Soul’

RJ has dropped his latest tune – ‘Northern Soul’, a live one-take that sees the artist tell us his life story.

Released on BlackCloudTV, in the visuals we see RJ deliver a 3 minute narrative in the studio, with nostalgic purple hues in the background.

Rapping over a vibey beat by Mac James, RJ introduces the track by telling us he’s gonna take us down “memory lane”.

That’s exactly what he does to be fair – we’re taken through RJ’s youth and teenage years, to his time at university, to time when he was all over Manchester, through all the good and bad, up until the present day.

He tells us of his past struggles, for example how he helped out a few “Manny top dogs” but has since not been fairly appreciated for his efforts. Throughout, he also makes reference to various Manchester hotspots, such as Allen’s Fried Chicken and Claremont Road.

Towards the end of the track RJ starts giving off a load of acknowledgements to all the people who’ve contributed to his life over the years.

Even if you’re not a member of RJ’s close circle, listening to the track it’s hard not to be sucked into his nostalgia, especially if you know Manchester well.

This raw and vulnerable take is something different, and a welcome change that demonstrates RJ’s versatility after his past two more intense tracks, ‘Bars‘ and ‘Gym Talk‘.

We look forward to seeing what RJ brings to the table next.

You can stream ‘Northern Soul’ here.

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