We’re less than two weeks away from the re-release of SL Jones’ criminally slept-on mixtape, The Number 23. And as we previously reported, the Atlanta-based rapper is providing some new material for the re-release, such as this latest leak, “Out Here.” The track features him teaming up with Rocko and JBar for one of Jones’ most accessible cuts to date. Part of the reason for that is JBar’s hook, which is complemented by SuperCed’s equally gigantic beat that explodes once the chorus hits. Jones still deserves most of the credit here, though, as his honest lyrics and versatile flow make his track-ending verse the highlight.
As he has done in the past, Jones provided some background on the track:
“The song is produced by SuperCed with the homie JBar singing the hook and a verse from Rocko, and we’re talking about the hustle and everything that comes with it. But the song isn’t just about struggle; it’s about believing in yourself enough to be able to step out on blind faith if you need to, enough to look past the people that doubt you, even past your own self-doubt at times. Like the saying goes, success isn’t a destination, it’s a journey. And so I wanted to offer a different perspective with my verse, the perspective of the have-not, the idea that when you come from the bottom you’re used to not having a lot. So then is it worse to gain it and lose it or to never have it at all? I dunno, but I do know that no matter what you want to achieve in life, you gotta grind to get it.”
You can stream “Out Here” below and download it here. The Number 23: Editor’s Cut drops Aug. 23. Photo credit: Matt McGinley.