It may be 2017, but the latter half of this year has some feeling the nostalgia after a new project from Cam'ron, a Fabolous/Jadakiss collaboration album, a Dipset reunion tour, and now, a new JR Writer album. The Diplomats member was released from prison in 2016, and now, he's back in the fold with a destined-to-be-slept on project called I Really Rap. On its own, the title might read like a confident proclamation of bravado, but paired with the album cover, I Really Rap takes on a deeper meaning. It's clear that Writer wants to bring back the bars, and while he claims he's not hating, the album cover makes a pretty clear statement.
Take a look at the Teenage Emotions mocking cover below, which features depictions of Lil Uzi Vert, Ugly God Riff RaFF, Bhad Bhabie, Lil Pump, Danny Brown (leave Danny out of this) Lil Yachty, XXXTentacion, and more. In fact, Danny took some offense to his inclusion on the cover, culminating in this brief Twitter exchange:
Check out the cover below, and be sure to give the project a listen. Say what you will about the old-head-targeting-the-new-wave narrative, but JR Writer delivers what he promises. Case in point, check these bars from "Can't Stay Away": "I was on the block in the nineties, hopin' that the cops wouldn't find me, I was comin' with the rock like Kyrie, they was comin' for the Rock like Tyrese."