Emerging rapper Lil Tjay left an indelible stamp on 2019, ensuring a strong start on the subsequent decade with “20/20,” his final release of the ’10s. A thoughtful reflection on his burgeoning stardom, “20/20” sees Tjay getting personal over a minimalist production.
Following a sparse 40-second piano introduction, precise bass and skittering percussion set the framework for Tjay’s moody verses. Making snappy use of his sharp flow, Tjay opens up by way of revealing one-liners, like “I was going downhill, jail kind of saved me,” and “Living in the moment but I want this sh*t for years/They like, “Tjay, bro, you made it”, I still feel like I ain’t there.” The self-coined “Prince Of New York” offers a shout-out to JAY-Z, giving the sparse production room to breathe as he repeatedly intones, “I’mma soon be the greatest.”
Listen to “20/20” above.