Detroit-reared emcee Journalist 103 is readying the release of his sophomore solo album, Battle for the Hearts and Minds on October 28th via Babygrande Records.
Championed as an emcee’s emcee — this former Mountain Climbaz artist has stuck to his guns, and his name since donning the moniker in high school, following a high school teacher’s advice to pursue a career in writing, which is exactly what he’s done since clutching a mic — deciding to report on the living conditions, social, political and economic climate and more that happen in his backyard of Detroit, Michigan.
His vivid storytelling and penchant for kicking unadulterated truth manifested fully after collaborating with Apollo Brown on the critically acclaimed 2010 collaborative album Gas Mask, recorded under the name The Left.
On Battle for the Hearts and Minds, Journalist is continuing the eye-opening commentary found on Gas Mask, which, sadly, has not really changed much in the past 6 years.
After releasing “Ultimate Warriors” with Clear Soul Forces last month, Journalist 103 turns his sights onto the United States prison population and the eery similarities between prison labor and slave labor on “Felony,” which also features Guilty Simpson and One Be Lo.
Hear it below and pre-order Battle for the Hearts and Minds (also featuring Willie The Kid, Marvwon, Nolan the Ninja and more) on iTunes.