On November 3, All Natural Inc. will release Rita J’s debut, Artist Workshop. The Chicago-to-Atlanta emcee collaborates with several guests, including Black Spade, Cap D, Guilty Simpson and Mr. Greenweedz. Here’s a bit from the bio:
Sonically, Artist Workshop ranges from the up-tempo to the soul-infused to the mellow. On “Outlasted” both Guilty Simpson and Rita J. exchange rhymes about doing what it takes to make it as an indie emcee in spite of the obstacles.
“The song is about getting to your finish line,” explains Rita of the track. Or take the chill, “The Address” where the rapper turns vocalist and sings about the universal topic: love.
Born in Chicago, IL, Rita J. credits her father’s massive collection of soul, pop, rock, r&b, disco and hip-hop records for instilling her with a love of hip-hop. While living in Chicago after college, she connected with the underground icons DJ Tone B. Nimble and MC capital D of the group All Natural. In 2002, she joined the collective officially. Rita J. was featured on numerous compilations and was part of the collective Family Tree for a few years honing her skills, studying and gearing up for her debut solo album.
“I taught myself how to write and structure songs and record. I wrote most of the album in my bedroom. Whether it was music, paintings, drawings, toys, books, pictures, I was surrounded by art at all time. It was like an artists’ workshop.”
Here’s the track listing:
- 1. “Intro” (feat. Dylan Jones)
- 2. “Body Rock” (feat. Steph Staa)
- 3. “Surrender Remix” (feat. Rashid Hadee)
- 4. “Listen” (feat. Black Spade)
- 5. “No Regrets” (feat. Adad)
- 6. “The Address”
- 7. “Outlasted” (feat. Guilty Simpson)
- 8. “Dreamin” (feat. Ka Di)
- 9. “Interlude”
- 10. “Inconspicuous” (feat. Mr. Greenweedz & Adad)
- 11. “Sick & Tire” (feat. Yaw)
- 12. “Nope” (feat. Cap D)
- 13. “The Warm Up”
- 14. “Inspiration”
Rita J feat. Adad, “No Regrets”