News Videos 20 January 2023
Author: Niall Smith

Joe James returns with ‘9’ his third project of 2023

20 January 2023

Time waits for no man, unless you’re called Joe James. 

The Essex rhymer has returned with his third EP of 2023 in the form of 9. His new six-track project comes just seven days after James gifted us with 6, and 3 on January 6th. 

Keeping in line with 6’s lonesome approach, James rhymes over an eclectic, soul-tinged beat cluster. Highlight “Evil Scientist” is a mellow, saxophone-driven number. The song sees James discuss the deaths of Mark Duggan, Stephen Lawrence and Dr. Sebi, as well as police brutality, over a bellowing kick drum.

The EP closer “Code Of Honour” is supported by an entrancing soul sample, juxtaposed by James’ dry sense of humour and blunt wordplay. 

The coming-of-age heater “Cuts & Bruises” also gets the visual treatment. Kitted out in a rust-orange Stone Island two-piece, the rapper sits on his bike and spits bars amidst the jade-green wilderness.

After three EPs this month alone, we’re pretty sure James will be back with more music soon. Being both a prolific artist and a top-tier wordsmith, Joe James is definitely an artist worthy of keeping your eye on.

Peep the “Cuts & Bruises” above and stream below on GRM Daily.