Rising Rapper JRDee Shares Debut Album Walls Of A Cocoon

Inspired by Kendrick Lamar's iconic To Pimp A Butterfly album


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JRDee, the innovative rapper and guitarist hailing from south-east London, is making waves in the music industry with his debut album, Walls Of A Cocoon. This compelling hip-hop album offers a fresh sound and thought-provoking lyrics, establishing JRDee as a rising star on the UK rap scene.

Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, JID, Ghetts and Che Lingo, JRDee has forged a unique path in the music world by seamlessly blending influences from both US and UK rap cultures. His music is characterised by intrinsic flows and lyrical prowess, tackling relatable yet deeply personal themes like introversion, the exhaustion of striving for success and the observations of everyday life.

Walls Of A Cocoon is a reflection of the artist's inner thoughts and the obstacles he has faced throughout his journey. Inspired by Kendrick Lamar's iconic To Pimp A Butterfly album, especially the poignant poem at the end of "Mortal Man", JRDee takes the concept of a cocoon-like state, akin to an incubation period, and weaves it into a captivating narrative.

JRDee's creative ambition shines through as he pushes the boundaries of sound. Walls Of A Cocoon boasts a jazzy, funky hip-hop sound that breaks away from the norm, introducing listeners to experimental and sonically distinct tracks. The album showcases a diverse range of song styles, many of which take JRDee out of his comfort zone, challenging him to explore melodies, sing and craft catchy yet meaningful hooks.

Speaking about Walls Of A Cocoon, JRDee shares, "Walls Of A Cocoon is a reflective conceptual project, addressing some thoughts, walls and obstacles that have been on my mind for quite some time. Inspired by To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar, especially the poem at the very end of ‘Mortal Man’, I wanted to tell an ever-growing story with the butterfly analogy in a different light – the incubation cocoon state. Another thing I wanted to try was a jazzy, funky hip-hop sound I felt the UK has not explored, trying sounds that are more experimental and sonically different to the norm.”

JRDee's Walls Of A Cocoon is set to redefine the boundaries of UK rap and introduce a fresh, invigorating sound to audiences worldwide. With his distinctive lyrical prowess and original musical approach, JRDee is an artist on the rise, and Walls Of A Cocoon is a testament to his talent and creativity. Walls Of A Cocoon is available to buy/stream now on all platforms.

December 8, 2023 4:29am ET by Best New Music  

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