A prolific Chicago-based artist and community figure,RichJonesis a veteran of the cultural scene. His new album,The Shoulder You Lean On(outNovember2nd), firmly plants the hip-hop rooted artist as a powerful songwriter and singer. Stream the album’s opener and first single,“Coin Toss,”below.
Jones began in Chicago as part of the groupSecondCityCitizenswhere he explored his talents as an MC. The group founded a monthly hip-hop showcase in Chicago, now known asAllSmiles, that has become a staple in the local scene and has continued for over five years. Through various collaborations with people likeSupaBwe,TaylorBennett, andTheO’My’s, Jones gained praise around the city, eventually being voted second best rapper in the city by theChicagoReaderin 2016, right behindChanceTheRapper.
WithThe Shoulder You Lean On, Jones found a place he sits in perfectly, blending classic styles with modern production and hitting the right emotional notes. With production byJ. KelrfromBlendedBabies(prod. “Smoke Again”by Chance The Rapper), the album’s soundscapes are gorgeous and piercing, with Jones describing it as “truth telling through melody.” The album plays with the ideas of outgrowing a place, thinking you might be missing a greater opportunity somewhere else. Jones says, “Once you’ve seen the world, you get kind of teased by the idea of what another opportunity or place could offer you.”
For those in the Chicagoland area, Jones will celebrate the release ofThe Shoulder You Lean Onwith a release show atSleepingVillageon Saturday, November 3rd. Tickets areon-sale now.