A few weeks ago, Lil Tjay treated us all the release of 'June 22nd', an evocative new single that saw the twenty-two year old platinum rapper sharing his experience and trauma on the days leading up to the day he miraculously survived seven gunshot wounds. It was a touching release, and one that heralded in his new album, '222'.
Released today, the new album is just as vulnerable and emotive as the lead single, delivering fifteen original songs that are packed with energy, paranoia and thought-provoking lyrics. In the days prior to the album release, Lil Tjay has kept us all busily entertained with a string of singles and collabs, including the devastating ‘Project Walls’ featuring NBA YoungBoy, and focus track ‘Stressed’ featuring Summer Walker.
Elsewhere on the album, the collabs come thick and fast, with Fivio Foreign, Polo G, and Australia's own Kid Laroi, among others, making themselves known in perfect form. Between the guest spots and textured beats, there's a notable shift in tone from Lil Tjay's previous releases, with '222' taking shape as an impactful return statement, challenging his passed struggles and finding new life after the shocking shooting.
Speaking about 'June 22nd' when it dropped, Lil Tjat explained, “It's been a long road. A year ago being in New York City for the first time without security didn't think it'd change my life, but it did and I'm blessed to have a second chance.” It's a sentiment that stretches to every note om the album as a whole, and while ardent fans might not find the record as instantly captivating as some of his previous work, its a rewarding listen that finds form through polished production, steady, rhythmic beats, and a wealth of guest talent.
With a blend of melodic prowess, a New York sound and captivating storytelling, '222' sees Lil Tjay progressing as an artist, reflecting on his life and shifting his perspectives. His first body of work since 2021's platinum-certified release of 'Destined 2 Win', the new album is a welcome return that Lil Tjay's fans will surely love.
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