Slum Village’s Young RJ Joins Mega Ran for “Pray”

Born out of mutual admiration for one another, and a mutual love for the art form of hip-hop. Mega Ran and Young RJ have teamed up to make a run through the music game together.

Young RJ is the stalwart producer for Detroit legends Slum Village, and Mega Ran has built a reputation as the heavyweight champion of alternative hip-hop. Together, the two humble emcees hope to push their message farther than it has ever gone before. 

With modesty and respect for those in the game who came before them, Mega Ran and Young RJ hope to use their relatable and very real story to reach the ears of new listeners. With their first project, 2HandsUp RJ and Ran are hoping to fill a gap that they see in the music game today. 

Ran and RJ is starting the year off strong with their debut single and video “Pray” with Europe’s own Abstract Orchestra & Daru Jones, produced by Young RJ. It is the lead focus track off their upcoming full-length album 2HandsUp due out March 2020. 

“I’m just so proud of this project with Young RJ. It has been a goal of mine for quite some time to use my talents for a project that veers more toward traditional mainstream hip-hop. I think RJ and I have a lot to say together and “Pray” is going to say a lot of it, while “2HandsUp” subtly implants those ideas into your brain at some points, and bluntly shouts them into your face at others. We are both really happy with how “Pray” came out and with 2HandsUp,” Mega Ran 

The excitement for this project is mutual…. Mega Ran’s work ethic is crazy, He is a pure lyricist. His talent pushed my production skills up some levels and that’s what I needed. 

This is a game changer!” -Young RJ



Slum Village Drops “The Lost Scrolls” — with Lost Demos & Rare Remixes!

It’s Slum Village’s 20th Anniversary from their 1998 completion date of the phenomenal classic recording “Fantastic Vol. 2” which featured Busta Rhymes, Pete Rock, D’Angelo, Kurupt, Q-Tip and DJ Jazzy Jeff. In honor of this, SV is opening its’ vaults to reveal additional relics and lost tracks from the original trio T3, “Baatin”, and Jay Dee. The group started with releasing the first lost gem, Hold Tight” feat, Q-Tip. Now fans can get the entire project produced by Jay Dee aka J Dilla.

This album showcases (11) lost demos and remixes straight from the basement with dates ranging between 1996-1999.These songs have been held tightly until now. Today, the fans get to here unheard versions of songs and rare unreleases, 20 years later.




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QTip x Slum Village – “Hold Tight” (Lost Remix) (produced by J Dilla)

Slum Village’s 20th Anniversary from the 1998 completion date of the phenomenal classic recording “Fantastic Vol. 2” reveals additional relics from the original trio T3, “Baatin” & Jay Dee.

Starting with “Hold Tight” feat Q Tip, a remix never released until now, it was produced by Jay Dee, a.k.a J Dilla. T3 says “the experience of listening to these songs, made all the hard work worth it”.. 

After much thought, Slum decided to release the material, so fans can hear what has been enjoyed for years (privately) in-house. According to Young RJ (who joined SV in 2010).. “listening to the music gave me chills”..

Slum Village is re-emerging with a tour this summer, honoring this 20 year release. The group is now comprised of T3 and Young RJ and the tour will feature special surprises along the way.





Slum Village’s Young RJ + Phat Kat + Guilty Simpson Drop “I Know”


“I Know” discusses the issues arising from Black Men being products of their environment. Due to the intricate economic systems put in place, Black men have been set up to fail from the womb (or beginning). Many feel this is a controversial topic, with a lot of truth behind it. A particular verse that stands out is, “wanna see a ni*ga fail, they wanna see me dead or in jail.” – Young RJ..

Coming off the heels of his successful freshman release “Blaq Royalty”,  and his single feat. Joyner Lucas titled “Motion”, Young RJ now releases his first single this year called, “I Know.” The street conscious track sets up his new release, “The Detroit Project” – where fans can expect a full collaboration with Guilty Simpson and Phat Kat. All being respected legends from Detroit. The album is produced by Young RJ and expected to drop soon.

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Cool Nutz – Yaper (Music Video) + Terrance ft Nipsey Hussle, Slum Village & More

Portland’s Sir Cool Nutz returns with a vintage yet current vibe on his latest visual for “Yaper” which celebrates the classic slap “Freaky Tales” by Too Short. “Yaper” is a hard-hitting, West Coast joint that features Bosko on his latest invention The Electrospit, with production duties handled by Chillest Illest aka DJ Chill. “Yaper” is taken from Cool Nutz’s latest album Terrance which features stellar appearances from E-40, Nipsey Hussle, Slum Village, Mistah Fab, Mitchy Slick, and More. Stream Terrance here and watch Yaper below!

Joyner Lucas and Slum Village’s Young RJ Drop the Video for “Motion”

Joyner Lucas and Young RJ Drop the Video for


video directed by Diego

“When you dealing with time you know you never can wait..that’s the concept of Motion. The symbolism in the video, will mean different things to different people and that’s what makes it dope.” – Young RJ

About “Motion”

Young RJ Drops “Motion” featuring Joyner Lucas & Statik Selektah

Produced by: Young RJ & Jay Dee aka J Dilla

Additional Production: Ice Pic

Additional Vocals: Earlly Mac

Motion is featured on his full length album Blaq Royalty 

Continuing with his well received solo project, ‪Detroit emcee and producer, Young RJ, premieres his new video with Vibe Magazine called, “Motion.”  Young RJ enlists some

A level features to assist in bringing this mid-tempo, yet melodic banger to life. RJ grabbed NYC’s Joyner Lucas and DJ Statik Selektah and together they created a track under the production skills of RJ and the late Jay Dee aka J Dilla. The additional vocals heard on the hook is completed by Big Sean’s right hand Earlly Mac and newcomer Drey Skonie. You can hear all the undertones of what each artist brings to the table, once you press play.

The video was shot in Detroit, after a Joyner Lucas show, close to the staple venue, El Bar. The director, Diego, put black and white visuals together that tells an abstract story, that can be taken, different ways, by different viewers. Everyone showed up to the shoot. In addition to Young RJ, Joyner Lucas, and Earlly Mac starring in the video.. look for cameo appearances from Supakaine, an indie artist emerging from Detroit.

Young RJ’s album Blaq Royalty is now available everywhere. The album features Boldy James, Guilty Simpson, BJ the Chicago Kid and a host of others. Stream here:



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Slum Village’s Young RJ Releases His Debut Solo Album ‘Blaq Royalty’ (LP Stream)

“It is written ‘Change is the Only True Constant” ….my debut album, Blaq Royalty, reflects change and growth for me musically..” Young RJ 

Young RJ has been behind the scenes for a long time, but is now ready to step into the forefront. With a long history of being a producer & member of Slum Village, today, RJ officially released his debut solo project Blaq Royalty.

The album features Boldy James, Pete Rock, and Joyner Lucas to name a few. The album presents a classic “Slum” hip-hop approach, but still sounds modern and radio friendly with joints like “Issues” (which features BJ the Chicago Kid), “Wait” (which features Pete Rock & Boldy James) and “Motion” (featuring Joyner Lucas & Statik Selektah). Take a listen to the entire project below.


Slum Village’s Young RJ Denounces The Evils Of Social Media On New Song “Huh?!”

As a forever present unofficial-turned-official member of SLUM VILLAGE, producer/rapper YOUNG RJ has twice been entrusted with continuing the legacy of Detroit’s most important rap group. But with a prosperous music career behind the scenes and officially as part of the group, he’s ready to speak for himself with his solo debut, BLAQ ROYALT.

On BLAQ ROYALT, YOUNG RJ shows the same musical versatility that made him such a reliable producer for the likes of Slum Village and 50 Cent – and a mic presence that’s just as potent. “Huh” employs ominous synths for a ruthless, chase-checking mentality to music; “Issues” (ft. BJ The Chicago Kid) finds common ground through everyday struggle; and “Right Now” has the seductive vibe of Slum’s classics. Music fans have depended on Young RJ’s ear for decades, and he delivers as always.

YOUNG RJ’s solo career has been a long time coming. As a child, he toured with his parents, who founded the Detroit R&B band R.J.’s Latest Arrival, while family friend, founding member of Slum Village and legendary producer J Dilla taught him how to program a drum machine and mix songs as a teenager. Once Dilla felt he was ready, he asked for Young RJ’s help with completing “Climax,” a fan favorite from Slum Village’s seminal 2000 album Fantastic Vol. 2.


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