As usual, I found myself up late last night rummaging through Soundcloud for some new artists to check out. After 30 minutes passed without any luck, I finally stumbled across Ramaj Eroc.
Born and raised in Chicago, the emcee/singer moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and has since released three projects, linked up with comedian Kevin Hart (“Mitches Do That“) and collaborated with TDE producers TaeBeast and Willie B.
The first track I came across was “Cosby Kids;” which was followed by his impressive takes on Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me” and Drake’s “Pound Cake/Wu-Tang Forever.” All of which can be heard below.
The Kendrick Lamar “Control” responses are well beyond played at this point, but Ramaj’s version is definitely worth a listen. Don’t worry, it’s not over the original instrumental, nor does it feature any bitter personal attacks. It’s simply battle rap.
After thoroughly enjoying each track above, I went on to press play on his latest release, The Untitled EP. Coming in at eight-tracks (with two bonus cuts), Ramaj showcases his versatility and commands your attention with his distinctive vocals and confident delivery.
The Chicago-to-Los Angeles transplant has two projects dropping this year. An R&B mixtape, The Gift, dropping in Spring; and his fourth hip hop mixtape, Last Train 2, due out in late Summer/early Fall. A video for “The Door” (from The Untitled EP above) will drop on February 5th; with the first singles off each of his forthcoming projects to follow shortly after. Lastly, if you happen to live in the Toronto area, be sure to check Ramaj and his Surreal Gang at this year’s NXNE Festival in June.