Exceedingly humble despite his obvious talents, Taylor J had every reason to lose faith after his friend and collaborator Nipsey Hussle died and a deal with Empire records fell apart in the same year. But the young St. Paul rapper is a champion, and champions rise. J turned 2019 into a year of triumph, progressing his skill on the mic alongside his brand and presentation. His May 2019 release Roses is the absolute height of J’s career as a rapper, and yet it doesn’t feel like he’s reached peak. More like he’s still on his way up.
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