Lyrical assassin RJ Payne teams up with superb underground producer Stu Bangas to give us a cinematic trip through New York. On this project, RJ Payne gives us a day in a lot of the hot spots in each borough in New York City. You can almost see the scenes he is talking about as he describes his day in each. It really is no wonder how they came up with the title for this album. There aren’t any features on the project other than DJ DooWop narrating some of the movement between places. One interesting note about the lyrics on this project is that you won’t really hear any kind of blatant violence. There aren’t drugs being sold or people getting shot and murdered on here. RJ Payne keeps it much more simplified, while at the same time showing us what his week looked like. Stu Bangas does a great job on the beats as usual. He is a proven staple in the industry now and is really showing us that he can score a project well. All in all, this is a well-written project that tells a great story. Hip hop purists and general fans will both agree that this project deserves respect.
RJ Payne drops a blazing hot new EP that is straight brutality. He chainsaws his way through the competition with minimal effort on this latest project. The bars are perfect. He is a straight menace and I’d almost go as far as to say he is the best lyricist we have today. Nobody is messing with him at all. He is the lyrical version of Leatherface here to terrorize the competition. The features on here are great as well. To be on an RJ Payne project, you really have to step up your game. You get fire features from Canibus, UFO Fev, Horse Shoe Gang, Flee Lord, Jon Connor, and more. The beats are almost to the level of perfect. There really isn’t much room to get any better on this project. I wish it would have been a little bit longer because it is only at 7 tracks, but every great artist should leave you wanting more. This is about as close to perfection as you can get. RJ Payne was hungry and it showed through immensely.
RJ Payne drops his 7th installment of his ICCT series. This one has a real interesting theme to it. This one is called Nino’s Revenge. In this project, he tells the story of what might happen if Nino Brown survived at the end of the movie New Jack City. There really isn’t a better story teller and better MC than RJ Payne out there today. His bars are top level and he creates the scenery so that you can see it through his music. Ice T helps to narrate the story throughout and that is a genius pick right there. You will get features from L Biz, JoJo Pellegrino, and Ali Vegas. PA Dre produces the entire album and he definitely slays the competition with the beats that he makes. These 2 together are definitely a combination that thrives. This album stands out from the pack and truly cements RJ Payne’s name into the history books.
RJ Payne drops his fourth installment of his Beautiful Payne series and this one seems like the most introspective one yet. In this offering, RJ Payne really delves deep into his mind state and focuses on his mental health. It really seems to be cathartic the way he crafts his rhymes and purges them from his system. He accomplishes this in such a skilled way and we can feel what he is feeling as the audience. He makes us see what he feels which is a rare gift amongst a lot of MCs. The beats on here are more laid back and almost have a jazzy feel to them. It matches perfectly for the vibe of the album. This may not be my favorite version of RJ Payne, but it is an extremely important side of him. He does this art at such a high level and we are lucky that we get to experience it.
The Griselda lyrical executioner RJ Payne drops off this highly anticipated new album that is pure brutality the whole way through. On the mic, Payne is flawless slicing and dicing his way through the competition. I’d almost go as far as to say that there really isn’t another MC messing with him on the mic today. There are amazing guest features from Ras Kass, Apathy, Flee Lord, Inspectah Deck, Ransom, and more. All of the MCs on here absolutely murder the mic. The beats on here are great as well. While the production may not be flawless, it definitely gives a great backdrop for RJ Payne to go to work on. The drums hit hard and you will definitely be bopping your head throughout. The highlight is “Blood Everywhere” featuring Redman. The beat is fire and RJ Payne is surgical with the rhymes. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better craftsmanship out there today.
RJ Payne gives us the third installment of his Beautiful Payne series. This one picks it up a bit more and definitely has some more energy as far as the bars go. RJ Payne definitely does a great job at being vulnerable and showing his emotions in a dope lyrical way. These projects were definitely a catharsis as you can tell when you listen through. The beats on this project were pretty decent the whole way through. The highlight on here is “Superman’s Curse.” On this track, he shares the sentiment that when you try to be the superhero, you quite possibly can end up alone. This is an expertly written song and RJ Payne definitely shows why he is on top of the game. We are extremely hyped to see what 2021 has in store for RJ Payne.
RJ Payne drops off a quick 5 track EP called The Payne Tape. This one is very short and right to the point. On the mic, he is a wizard. His bars are tremendous and very focused. There are really no negatives to his lyrical side. The beats on here are decent. I wouldn’t say these are the best beats ever, but they get the job done in a short time period. A highlight on here is the track “Think About It” which takes black on black crime into consideration. This was a good project but just too short. When RJ Payne drops, we want to hear a lot of music from him because he is so great.
RJ Payne drops off the second installment of his Beautiful Payne series. This one is pretty somber, just as the first one was. On the mic, RJ Payne is simply incredible as usual. His bars are top tier and there really aren’t too many rappers out there that could match him. He is able to expertly describe his pain through rhymes. A notable feature on this album is Che Noir’s verse on “Soul Of The Ghetto.” I definitely like the match-up of these 2 MCs together. The beats on this project aren’t his best selections, but then again, they are at least decent and this is a quick project. He did another good job with this release and hopefully we get to see a lot more of RJ Payne in 2021.
RJ Payne drops a somber new EP. This one was meant to be a form of therapy to deal with the passing of his father. First of all, condolences on the loss because that is tough no matter what the situation is. On the mic, RJ Payne is phenomenal. He always has the most complex and thought-provoking bars out there. Most MCs can’t match his skill level. The production on this one was decent, but not the best beats ever selected. There is an air to this album that it was thrown together quickly, which it seems was the case. At only 6 songs, you can definitely see some of the pain of RJ Payne though. Although this may not be his best work ever, this one is important and we definitely recognize that this was a form of catharsis.
RJ Payne delivers more lyrical torture for haters out there. Inspired by Eminem’s comments about him, RJ Payne names this album pretty appropriately. Lyrically, this is top tier rhyming and you can’t do any better than this. His bars are pure brutality and will mow down any MC out there. He’s got some great features from Freeway, Rock, Vado, Jag, and more. The beats are pretty decent overall. I think he has hit a good stride for the types of beats he is selecting, but I also do think that he would sound great on some different production, possibly from some hip hop heavyweights like DJ Premier, Buckwild, or even someone like Nottz. The highlight of this project is “Boogieman vs. Leatherface” featuring Ransom. These are 2 of the most severe lyricists in the game and to hear them trading bars is something that you can only call legendary. All in all, RJ Payne is pure greatness and continues to stranglehold the hip hop game with his bars. We definitely look forward to Leatherface 2 when that comes along.
RJ Payne drops off a 6th installment of his If Cocaine Could Talk series. I was expecting more from this album, but nonetheless, it was pretty solid. The first thing to make absolutely clear is that RJ Payne is a perfect MC. He is on that top tier and can’t be taught or coached on anything lyrically. That is demonstrated perfectly on every lyric on this album. The beats were above average as well. PA Dre seems to always deliver when it comes to working with RJ Payne. The part of this album that seemed a little bit repetitive was the tempo of the songs. Upon the album intro, I was just waiting for the beat to slam and go hard and for RJ Payne to just go in, but it never went there. I just wanted to hear him of that absolute slammer of a beat. This is not to say that this is a bad album at all. It’s a great album and RJ Payne definitely knows what he is doing. I hope he comes back at us again with more fire.
RJ Payne has created a masterful piece of work here with this latest recording. This is a view into lyrical brutality. RJ Payne is an absolute expert and slays through the competition with ease. It’s like a hot knife cutting through butter. You cannot coach perfection and that is what RJ Payne is on the mic. His lyrics are the equivalent of hitting a bullseye over and over again splitting your previous arrow each time. This guy is unstoppable and unforgiving. He can go against any rapper out here today and slaughter them. There is no question. He can probably give a lot of your top ten list of MCs a great run for their money and probably beat them as well. He is absolutely flawless on the mic on this project. The beats are just about as equivalent. It’s like watching the greatest horror movie ever as you listen to this project. If you don’t listen to this whole project on repeat, you are doing yourself the greatest disservice ever. This is Halloween brutality in rhyme form at it’s highest level and we are witnessing the growth of a new legend. Don’t go to sleep.
The Philly champ, Griselda shooter, and all around powerhouse MC RJ Payne drops off another project that is absolutely slamming. This dude is a problem and the rest of the rappers in the industry better look out. There is no question that he handles every single rhyme on here to perfection. He slays bars as he moves through them. The beats on here are pretty decent. I would have like to have seen more and heavier basslines. It would have been dope to get more of that Griselda-style production from Daringer or Alchemist. The spookiness is a tad lacking, but all in all, production is pretty good on here. This MC is going places and if you are not on board now, you are going to get run over.
I don’t know where this MC has been hiding but thank God we have found him!! This Philly native absolutely destroys the mic every time he touches it. A lot of rappers out there better pray to God that this dude doesn’t come after them because they would be in trouble. There is absolutely nothing you could say about the bars from RJ Payne. He is top tier without a question. His ferocity is showcased brilliantly on this project. It also helps with that monstrous voice he has. The production is pretty dope overall. You get some really strong beats on here that Payne is able to just annihilate. The highlights include “1000 Maniacs,” “Black Sunday,” and the remix to “Rubber Bands And Weight” where he lends a verse to Benny’s classic song. This is a legend in the making and you better get on this train now before you get run over cuz it ain’t stopping at all!!