Written by on February 19, 2021

Cementing himself as one of 2021’s hottest breakthrough global stars, with more than half-a-billion streams and Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 smash, critically acclaimed Staten Island, NY rapper CJ unveils his anxiously awaited debut Loyalty Over Royalty EP today. It’s available HERE via CJ Music Group/Warner Records.

The opener “Politics” practically explodes on impact, CJ’s raw energy burns through the track, and oppositions, with breathless bars and a menacing melody. He also shared the high energy music video for the single, which feels like a championship celebration. Watch it HERE

The 24-year-old artist maximizes his momentum over each of the eight red hot tracks on Loyalty Over Royalty. Flutes flutter above 808s as CJ carries a catchy chorus on “I’m Lit” [feat. French Montana]. Meanwhile, French rolls through with a classic cameo. Then, there’s “Goin’ Up.” CJ bodies another drill beat with a staccato delivery and a punchy refrain. French notably served as the EP’s Executive Producer, guiding the “young czar” every step of the way. CJ ignites what promises to be an unforgettable 2021 with Loyalty Over Royalty. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Last month, CJ jumped on Busta Rhymes’ infectious “Czar” remix, and he dropped the single “Bop,”which has already racked up millions of streams and video views. In addition to plugs from NMEHotNewHipHop, and more, Complex praised how CJ pulls no punches letting it be known that he understands his new celebrity status.” However, UPROXX put it best, CJ can safely say his 2021 is off to a great start.” 

To celebrate the EP’s arrival, CJ delivered a live powerhouse performance on YouTube last night with surprise guest French MontanaCJ, alongside DJ Enuff rocked through a showstopping five-song set—available on-demand HERE.

Of course, Loyalty Over Royalty also boasts the banger that started it all, “Whoopty.” In addition to eclipsing 500 million global streams, it recently garnered a gold certification from the RIAA and clinched #10 and climbing on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. What’s more, CJ captured #1 on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart and rose to #10 on the Global 200.

Loyalty Over Royalty EP Tracklisting:

1.     Politics

2.     Set

3.     Bop

4.     Whoopty

5.     I’m Lit (Ft. French Montana)

6.     Goin’ Up

7.     Real One

8.     Outro (Blessings)

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