Today marks the release of the long-awaited collaboration between breakout artist J.I. and fellow New York rapper, Lil Tjay. The two rapidly rising wordsmiths’ team up on “Hood Scars 2”, out now via G*STARR ENT/Interscope Records. In the visual shot by Fred Focus we see the two young stars, in true and authentic New York fashion, roaming around the city with their hearts visibly on their sleeves.
On the original track, which amassed over 15 million streams across all streaming platforms, J.I. raps about his rough upbringing – from dealing with deceptive peers to walking with eyes behind his head, the 18-year-old had to learn at an early age how to protect himself growing up in Crown Heights. On the collaboration Lil Tjay hops on to spit an earnest verse about living a similar lifestyle. The refined song highlights their knack of natural melodic lyricism. Of the track J.I. says “working with TJ was dope. He’s somebody a lot of fans wanted me to pair me up with, so the collaboration was heavily anticipated.” Check out these young superstars in action!