“I’m from Harlem. Born in Harlem Hospital, I ain’t got no hate in my blood,” stated JR Writer, as he acknowledged and admired the new, younger rappers that are making a name for themselves since his incarceration. Writer enthusiastically spoke on the new generation of rappers, especially the artists from New York City, as he acknowledged their skills and presence.
“When I got my first check I ain’t even want a check. I was so hungry I just wanted to be heard,” Writer reflected on his first payday in the industry, when he was featured on fellow Diplomat Juelz Santana’s album, From Me To U. For the verse Writer spat on “Squalie,” Santana told him Def Jam was cutting the checks, and asked him how much he wanted. Writer responded by asking for $1,000 which he claimed was a lot to him. He didn’t even care about the money. He was just excited to be on an album. Writer received a check for $8,000 for his work on the track and the rest is history.
“Nobody wanna do a day in jail,” JR Writer claims as he reminisces on his sentence, acknowledging that the time he served was a reality check. He claimed that before he was incarcerated, he surrounded himself with wrong energy, and, not only did it put him in prison, it interfered with his ability to give his best performance. While in prison, Writer sharpened his mind, his health, and his overall lifestyle. The focus he developed in prison allowed him to switch up his flow (for the better) and incorporate new patterns of rhyming, thus strengthening his delivery. Not only did his lyrical skills improve, but he was able to redevelop himself as an artist, and devise a more succinct marketing plan. Also during his incarceration, Writer took it upon himself to graduate and receive a diploma, something he never accomplished while he was free.
JR was released four months ago from serving a nearly two-year bid on assault charges (21 months and 27 days to be exact). He went straight from the mess hall to the recording booth to prepare His upcoming project. Zeus, which has no scheduled release date, is Writer’s campaign to get back in the game. Writer came home embracing the changes in hip-hop and is excited about the energy in the state of rap. Writer also prepares fans to get more familiar with Fred Money, his brother by birth, who will be featured on the tape. Money, who has always had a presence since the beginning of Writer’s career, is also finishing his own solo project.
Writer’s recently released single, “Got Some Work,” featuring hot shot Harlem rhymesmith Dave East, has been met with a warm reception by fans and connoisseurs alike. Since its release, the track has garnered close to 67,000 spins on SoundCloud, an accomplishment reached with very light promo. Seeing East and Writer unite to do a Harlem collaboration was very refreshing and thrilling to fans on both sides of the spectrum.
“Got Some Work” set the tone for what to expect as far as features, production, and content from the upcoming project. There are rumors of a possible feature from Troy Ave, which have not yet been confirmed. Possible production lent by star beatmaker London on Da Track may be something to expect, as well.
Writer’s enthusiasm for his upcoming project entices any fan of the genre to stop and listen to what the critically-acclaimed emcee has in store. His zeal, combined with his lyrical power, is a formula for groundbreaking work. For any Dipset fan, Writer’s upcoming project is anticipated to bring a sense of nostalgia, reverting listeners to the time when the conglomerate was first introduced to the world. It appears that Zeus will be a project worthy of the fervor.