Q&A : 2020 NEXT UP- CJ SOLE

by Selena Reyes

Editor in Chief

Upcoming Los Angeles based rapper CJ Sole is heading into 2020 with an appetite for mainstream success.


The rapper is set to drop his new tape "NO CAP" this month. A tape he describes as "deep" and "personal".


Taking into consideration his troubled past, it's without a doubt the rapper has copious stories to deliver just that.


In an interview, he shared how he infrequently gets inspired by other artist but often associates himself to them through their lyrics.


CJ also stated he only initially began dipping his toes into the music industry 'just to be flashy'.

"I started because I had a lil money and I wanted to show my ass a lil, just for fun, but when I started getting recognized I started to visualize a career in this.”


The visual for his first track "Boppers" does just that. Throughout the video, the artist not only flaunts what is traditional in today's rap videos- money, guns, drugs, jewelry but something out of the ordinary, a baby owl.

"I just wanted my first video to be a flex and my homie had a baby owl, so we just kinda ran with it. I DM'd Juddy on Instagram and we shot that same day."

Much of the feedback on his most recent work has been left-sided as viewers did not see substance in his track "poles".

The artist also shared how he feels he only received such a large amount of disapproval from viewers because he chose to drop it on the wrong channel. One that was not targeting the right audience.

“Poles got love tho, to be honest. I just dropped it on a bad channel,” he said.


He claims the situation was synonymous to dropping a Rock song on a Rap channel. “I should’ve just done it on my own or Judy’s but I tried something different [laughs] they got on my line.” He added.


Recently the artist teased a snippet of a song titled "The People x CJ" which is intended to be the intro to the anticipated tape.


The track tunes into a more 'emotional' side of CJ. One that is far fetched for his current rap style.


Although the rapper has only released a total of four tracks on SoundCloud within the last few months, he has managed to obtain a couple of features with several other artists. CJ also accumulated a total of 17,000 streams solely on SoundCloud, over 32,000 accumulated views on YouTube, and landed his music on multiple streaming platforms.



"BIG 4's " - CJ SOLE


To listen to tracks by CJ SOLE follow the links below:

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Q&A by Selena Reyes

Editor in Chief

Where did your rap name come from?

"My rap name is my real name. I already had a Lil buzz in my community before the music, so I didn’t wanna change it."


If you had to introduce someone to your music what song would you play for them and why?

"I’d play them some of my unreleased work off my “no cap” mixtape I’m gonna drop this month.

I would show them that because I put emotion into those tracks I’m just learning how to make what I feel out into a track instead of just turning up on the beat."

What was your first track?-How does it differ from your latest track? "My first track was "BOPPERS" and it's different from my new music because it has less substance it was just 'turn up' - talk my shit- type music."


What inspired the visuals in the video for your track “BOPPERS”? "I just wanted my first video to be a flex and my homie had a baby owl, so we just kinda ran with it. I DM'd Juddy on Instagram and we shot that same day."


What inspired you to pursue a career in the music industry? "I started because I had a lil money and I wanted to show my ass a lil, just for fun, but when I started getting recognized I started to visualize a career in this."

How do you feel about the current state of rap in L.A.? "Shit, I don’t really have an opinion on it right now, I just stepped in the door as an artist. As a listener, I just think the cap should be spotlighted and dealt with."


Are there any rappers and or producers you would like to collaborate with in the future?

"Fenix, Drego, Beno, Selfmade Kash, Lil Payne, Ron Ron

...I don't know any producers like that, other than Nike Boy."

What advice would you give a younger CJ? "Stay out the system."


What is your favorite rap song? "Collect Calls by Lil Payne."


Are there any musicians who inspire you? Why? "I don't really get inspired too much but I feel like I can relate the best to my boy Lil Payne so I listen to him a lot, he slept on."


What should fans look forward to in terms of your unreleased tracks? "My tape coming up called “NO CAP” is about to be deep. It’s gonna help people understand me and my current state."


Top 5 artists, you keep in rotation:

  1. Larry June

  2. Sturaq Payne

  3. Sauce Walka

  4. Lil CJ Kasino

  5. Babyface Ray


What’s next? What are you currently working on as far as personal goals and in the music in 2020?

"I wanna get myself on more professional shit ... see how I far I can take it."