During Sway’s Universe Los Angeles visit, it was only proper that Mr.L.A himself joined the crew, stunting on everyone with his Dior B23 High Top sneakers. Growing up throughout many parts of L.A, RJ shares he went to four different high schools ranging from El Segundo to the Normandie area. When asked about the biggest misconceptions people might have of his hometown, RJ goes on to say that the categories fall into the idea that Los Angeles is either glamorous because of celebrities, with the other extreme being gang-related influence. The L.A. native goes on to mention the peculiarity of how distance plays a significant role as to which recording studios have the most popularity amongst his peers— eventually influencing his friendships with YG & Mustard. Mustard in particular played a pivotal role in RJ’s career, putting him on the NBA 2K16 soundtrack as a feature on “You Don’t Want It.”
Despite the initial support from Mustard, MRLA kept grinding and passing out his mixtape on the streets of Hollywood after performing shows, stressing the importance of putting in the work no matter what stage of success you’re at. He goes on to detail all the steps he took towards success, from studying lobotomy at Cal Tech, to real estate, and hustling in the streets. Being brave and embracing fear has been the driving force in RJ’s life, and we’re excited to see where that takes him next. Check out his performance of “Time,” down below. RJ’s debut album ‘On God’ is out everywhere for purchase and streaming now. You can find him on all platforms at @RJMRLA.