Justo‘s new release is the 11 track body of work he titles “Black Ops” which is produced from top to bottom by DITC member and veteran producer Showbiz. Justo first gave us a tip of his musical iceberg when he dropped the visuals for the single “The Council” which formally introduced us to what the entire project was about. He is taking names and asking questions later with his take on mafioso-rap stylings with clever battle-rap bars. These show up on a number of Black Ops standouts, including the hard-hitting opening track “The Council,” the revealing “Hood Politics,” and Justo’s personal favorite track off the project, “Can’t Take Y’all Seriously.”
He further explains the motive behind the music.
“I want people to experience the raw, unfiltered nature of the record and take this journey with me, back to a time when what you said actually mattered more than how much 808 is on your beat.”—Justo on his new project, Black Ops
Black Ops also follows Justo’s tendency to collaborate with a single producer on a project, including 2015’s great 7-1-Ocho with Mexican beatsmith, Ocho Vazquez. The one-rapper, one-producer approach is one of Hip-Hop’s greatest traditions, and Justo honors it with vigor and tenacity here throughout every track.
For Justo, flowing over Showbiz’s raw, gritty instrumentals came naturally, but it also opened the door for experimentation. He saw an opportunity to get loose and just straight-up spit, leaving listeners with one of the hardest rap releases to drop so far this year. The eleven track project is now available through all major digital outlets and streaming platforms, via Black Jewel Entertainment.