It Ain’t Easy // CJ

“As far as I was concerned, it was the ONLY location for the video,” says Baltimore’s CJ on using his hometown as the inspiration-point for his debut clip, “It Ain’t Easy”. “The song represents a lot of what I’ve seen growing up,” says the singer, who takes us through a day in his life. “Wire” references abound, a connection that CJ doesn’t exactly shy away from. His Salaam Remi & DJ Driis Present CJ: The Package Mixtape dropped last month and if you don’t know, the Driis in question is Idris Elba (aka Stringer Bell).

We imagine CJ won’t be enjoying much downtime at home this year, as he readies his debut album. “Plain and simple, I’m just really excited right now,” he says. “I want people to feel good when they hear my album. If the music and lyrics move you in some way, I’ve done what I set out to do.”