RJ London’s style is something special. He has been releasing music since 2016 and each song he develops his sound further. He has built up a loyal fan base, to understand him better we asked him some pertinent questions. Read through to find out more about his journey through music and his recent track ‘Sketal Girl Anthem’.
Where are you from?
I’m from East London, Newham raised. My roots however are from the mountainous region in Kingston, Jamaica known as Down Castle. It’s real back a road. Pig pens, bucket baths, dirt road… bars where the whole community comes to at night. It’s a real vibes man, It’s got a place in my heart forever.
What was your inspiration for ‘Sketal Girl Anthem’?
So a ‘Sketal girl’ is a term in patois for a woman who is known to get around and not rest her “front”. I’m no different, so there’s no judgement. But this particular song is about one or two particular flames I came across during my “escapades”. They would ring off my phone, ask for too much time, and demand my emotional contribution to a situationship. If you’ve been in one, you know that can’t run. Even though it was toxic to keep them around, even though we both knew about other partners I’m just a sucker for my sweethearts you know? So this song is about us and the messy relationship we shared.
What does this song mean to you?
This song was a turning point for me because I was burning myself out with these women. So, getting those frustrations out helped to put things into perspective. Like what do I want out of these relationships and how will I navigate my personal boundaries being crossed? (the answer is clear communication or cutting them off).
What are the most memorable points in your career so far?
Honestly, my most memorable moments are with people. I still remember the first person to recognise me out in public and give me my flowers. I remember the first person to DM me saying how my music helped them through a tough family situation! Bro, I remember the first person to say I inspired them to make music! The other day I was at a house party and some friends started talking about ‘Top 5 Rj London songs’. For me, that blows my mind! Like damn, you really sat down and made a list in your head? Things like that are priceless and inspire me to keep going.
A few artists you look up to?
The artist that I go to whenever I need to be understood is 2Pac (RIP). I love what he represents, how he bore his soul in every word and action he took. I’m inspired by every ripple he made! My dream is to one day have an impact like him. He has this quote “I don’t want to be a role model, I want to be a real model”. I think that’s beautiful. Like there are so many facades and layers that people put up it’s easy to be disillusioned by everything. That’s why people are depressed as fuck these days, that’s why it feels like the world is falling into shit. Things are difficult to discern. I don’t believe in utopia, but the closest we’ll ever get is if everyone just kept it real. Like I know what page you’re on, you know what page I’m on, let’s put our cards on the table and work things out, you know?
In the underground scene, JoeJas inspires me to just keep pushing. That man is a gem to the underground community. He really is an example of DIY success, he got himself a collaboration with Vans! That’s just crazy to me. He even gave me my first show! I love that guy man, for real.
In my collective ‘NFLM’ every single member inspires me to just be myself and push my creative boundaries to the limits. Fred Jones is a classic example of being UNIQUE. My guys Kuro and Chidi are like my spiritual guides, I don’t even think I’ve told them that. Those guys just help put life in perspective for me. I could go on forever about everyone in NFLM, to be honest!
Anything else you’d like us to know?
Man, I’m happy, I’m blessed, I’m excited to be dropping more music, and I’m happy to be on the path to becoming my most authentic self. It’s a beautiful journey and I hope my fans and everyone tuning in will join me for the ride!
Follow RJ London’s journey on instagram: @soultheyout