Joyner Lucas w/ King Green, Reason The Citizen - Official 420 On The Block After Party

Joyner Lucas first captured national attention with the complex verbal gymnastics of 2014’s “Backwords,” followed in 2015 by his debut mixtape, “ALONG CAME JOYNER” and its extraordinary breakthrough single, “Ross Capicchioni.” The track – and its provocative companion visual – chronicles the true story of a Detroit gang shooting, told from the perspectives of both the teenage victim and the shooter himself. “Ross Capicchioni” drew widespread acclaim in throughout the hip-hop universe, with the legendary Busta Rhymes declaring himself so “amazed…I can’t even put it into words.” The epic video proved a viral sensation, with over 5.3 million streams at YouTube alone.

Lucas continued to make his bones with a memorable spot on the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher, collaborations alongside such like-minded artists as Jarren Benton, Locksmith, TechN9ne, and Logic, as well as a pair of remarkably strong singles, “Happy Birthday” and “I’m Sorry,” both of which saw him displaying astonishing lyrical skills and a striking social consciousness. “I’m Sorry” – included on “508-507-2209” – has proven Lucas’ biggest viral success thus far, now approaching 17 million individual views at YouTube alone. Today he continues to garner national attention, but this time it’s with his newest phenomenon, “I’m Not Racist” – in which highlights the brutal conversation on racism that no one wants to have. Within a week of its release the video has already been viewed over 9 million times & has received much praise from the likes of CNN, XXL, Complex, Huffington Post and more.d the true color of life watching his father make music.

"I developed a sense of feeling and healing from watching him," he says of his father, who was a local soul music producer. "Eventually, I started bobbing my head and freestyling and he told me to start writing that stuff down."

His talent developed quickly as he wrote his first song at age 9 and completed his first album just one year later. By the time he entered high school, education had already taken a backseat to his musical aspirations. After spending most of his time writing lyrics instead of essays, Lucas graduated and wasted no time dropping his 2011 debut Listen To Me under his former moniker Future Joyner. The project garnered positive feedback which motivated Lucas to chase his dreams

"My music is purity," says Lucas. "I try to have a bit of everything. I can't please everybody, but I try to with my music. I am a musical guy, so I couldn't pigeon hole myself even if I tried."

Lucas' latest offering Along Came Joyner proves this. The conceptual album revolves around a story about a man from another planet who gets kicked out of home by his mother, lands on earth and begins a quest to find his human father. A story that isn't too far off from Lucas' real-life experiences.

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