Maj, the Dallas-based singer–songwriter–producer whose grunge-inflected production, nocturnal hip-hop, and soulful confessional storytelling has earned him nearly 10 million total global streams in less than two years, releases “Supreme,” his brand new single + lyric video (directed by Ice The Endless), available at all DSPs today via Def Jam Recordings.
“Supreme” is the first new music from Maj since the release of Majestic, his Def Jam label debut EP released in March. The eight track EP comprised five previously released songs (“Sloppy Seconds,” “Come Here,” “Trial & Error,” “Tesla,” and “2drunk” featuring 24kGoldn); plus three previously unreleased titles (“Love Always,” “Start A War,” and “Fucked Me Over”).
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and raised in Dallas, Maj turned to music as a creative outlet after his parents divorced, and soon developed a diverse palette that ranged from Tyler, The Creator’s Bastard and Goblin, to Nirvana’s In Utero and Bleach among other influences. Maj conceived and launched a YouTube channel on which he posted commentary and analysis reaction videos to songs and albums that interested him. He piled up over 4 million views but his days as an “analyst” were numbered, as he began making low-key recordings of his own original material. “I didn’t even let my family know.”
His first upload out the gate, “Leave Me Alone” racked up over 100,000 streams. Collaborating with producer Nick Mira [XXXTentacion, Juice WRLD], “You and I” and “Sloppy Seconds” each surpassed one million mark, while “The Heartbreak” (produced by Nimbus Beats) neared 1.5 million Soundcloud plays alone. Into 2019, “Come Here” and “Trial & Error” showed his artistic progression, and ultimately caught the attention of Def Jam, the world’s most important hip-hop destination.
Maj strikes a working balance between listening and speaking, and his growing legion of fans seem to appreciate that he is out there listening and, most importantly, singing. “You might feel lost,” he sums up, “but you could also be happy as hell and still fuck with what I’m doing. This is meant to be a place for everybody.”