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Music Notes by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Brooklyn Rapper J.I. Releases Summer Anthem – Morning

Brooklyn-native artist, J.I. releases his latest single “Morning” today via G*Starr Ent./Geffen Records. On the melodic, yet upbeat track the 19-year-old singer/rapper creates a world of emotions like never before. His lyrics deliver a powerful story on heartbreak as each line exposes his uncertainties of a plunging relationship. Of the track J.I. shares “We’ve all been in this position before. I wanted to speak from my perspective about how I’m being played and manipulated and wanted to make a catchy song out of something painful. I feel like I was able to execute what I wanted to do.” Listen here.

Paired with a visual directed by Austin McCracken (G Eazy, Mike Will Made It, Phora) J.I. taps into his  vulnerable side. Filmed throughout New York City we catch a glimpse of his relationship unfolding while he reflects on the toxicity of the turbulent romance. Frame by frame we see each bar come to life “You didn’t even give me a warning you left all your things and walked through that door; I don’t want to feel what I feel no more.” Watch the video for “Morning” here.

“Morning” arrives fresh on the heels of his return this year with his track “No Hook,” a freestyle heavy song which helped re-introduce and remind his fans about his raw tone and melodic style. “No Hook” garnered praise from XXL who included the track on their “13 Best New Songs this Week” roundup and has gone on to amass over a million views. He also recently received praise from REVOLT who included him as one of their “Gen Z artists you need on your radar.”

J.I. is also set to head on his first North American “The Young and Restless Tour” this Fall. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

See below for a complete list of tour dates for “The Young and Restless Tour”:
July 24 Miami, FL – Rolling Loud Miami
Sep 14 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr.  Small’s Theater
Sep 15 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Sep 16 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Sep 18 Washington, DC – Union Stage
Sep 19 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Sep 22 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Sept 23 TBD – TBD
Sep 24 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
Sep 26 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Sep 27 Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep 29 Phoenix , AZ – Rebel Lounge
Sep 30 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
Oct 02 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Oct 03 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
Oct 04 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s SOLD OUT
Oct 06 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct 10 Denver, CO – Cervante’s Other Side
Oct 11 Lincoln, NB – Bourbon Theater
Oct 13 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
Oct 14 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
Oct 15 Chicago, IL – Avondale Music Hall
Oct 17 Detroit, MI – Shelter
Oct 18 Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct 19 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Oct 21 Buffalo, NY – TBD
Oct 22 Providence, RI – The Strand
Oct 23 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Oct 24 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
Oct 30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

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Hip-Hop songstress LaJune resurrects with new single YA!, off her new project Insecure. Insecure is available now at iamlajune.com and on all streaming platforms. The follow up to Go girl off her debut EP entitled Body, June’s new track is reminiscent of iconic Timbaland and Neptunes tracks. Ears aroused from the beginning, base transitions crescendo in the background of the melodic hook. A true Party & Bullshit vibe, the lyrics are witty and wise, demonstrating her prowess with a pen combined with textured musical tones. The two prove she’s far from insecure.

The title of her 2nd EP takes a glimpse at the structure, mind, and soul this new artist is comfortable with exploring. Taking her artistry to the next level, LaJune is the first female established into 106 & Park Freestyle Friday Hall of Fame. No stranger to the stage, she has showcased her talents by opening for R&B legend Joe, Touch ME Tease ME Case and Grammy-winning singer Chrisette Michele.

Set to release her third EP “Mind” at the top of the new year, it will act as the follow-up to her Insecure EP released during the summer of 2020. A trilogy of transparency reflecting the mind, body and soul expected of a budding artist. Timing is everything, and at 12:21 AM LaJune will release her second video entitled, What You Got.

One purpose behind this is to commemorate the conjunction of the two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, in Aquarius on 12/21 which seemingly occurs every 200 years. A representation of the planets appearing to touch, it suggests the instigation of a new cycle, a shift in power and alignment. The timing is a befitting release relevant to an artist who is aware of herself and her destiny. The visual treatment takes you on a journey of consciousness and self-reflection. After all, hasn’t 2020 ironically questioned each of us: What do you got?

Featuring cinematography by Tukes productions and directed by Ameer Copper, the visual journey depicts the conflict of the higher and lower self. The duality portrayed urges viewers to proceed with care but not to shy away from harsh realities. Far from second-guessing, LaJune exudes confidence and strength by leaning into this duality. The opening scene draws you into LaJune’s environment, digesting the recent televised injustices committed against African Americans. In the video, she is sporting custom designs of AOHSOA derived from stylist/designer Armon, with beauty provided by Tykima

Her performance scene allows a glimpse into the artist’s personality, overflowing with animation. Life is for the Lesson is an understatement considering the past year, but LaJune challenges her audience to be equipped with awareness, encouraging mental health and celebratory culture. Therefore, the leap to a higher vibration through her thought-provoking, in-your-face lyrical content proves this track holds nothing back. 

Challenging social norms without judgment, the V100 podcast host exhibits her acting chops in an interrogation scene with actor Jim Shearer. Be sure to check out the BTS of What You Got by Amenze Victor for a closer look at the highly anticipated project and an artist assured within her identity and talent.

About LaJune

Currently, she is the Co-host to VH1’s podcast V100 devoted to discussing music, pop culture and more. Stick shifting her career, LaJune navigates the release of a new project and motherhood. Her new work a year in the making, she knows it takes time for a rose to bloom.

As of late, LaJune teamed up with Armon Hayes for creative direction with visuals shot by artist Tony Anderson. Inspired by her love for the hit HBO television series Insecure, now in its 4th season staring and created by Issa Rae, join LaJune on her musical journey, an independent artist who’s talent refuses to be shut-in.

Challenging social norms without judgment, the Vh100 podcast host exhibits her acting chops in the interrogation scene with actor Jim Shearer. Be sure to check out the BTS of What You Got by Amenze Victor for a closer look at the highly anticipated project and artist who needs no explanation.

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