A few years ago, it was just a dream.
Now, it’s a reality.
With the release of Justin Gaetje’s debut record, “Justin,” it’s not only the most talked-about hip-hop album of the year, but also a reminder that a record is only as good as the people who hear it.
Gaethje, who rose to fame as the lead singer of the New York-based hip-hoppers D’Angelo and his fellow Harlem natives LL Cool J, has long been one of hip-rock’s most sought-after artists.
But as the artist’s popularity waned after the release and death of his father, he found himself in the crosshairs of some of the most passionate critics on the planet.
While he is a major artist, Gaethjes career is more like a family affair.
His dad, DJ Travolta, and his mom, singer-songwriter Bria Brancato, raised Gaethijes and his younger siblings.
He was also raised by a close-knit group of close friends, who also played a significant role in shaping the way Gaethji is perceived.
“I think the thing that most resonates with a lot of people about Justin is that he is just a very, very funny, and he’s very honest,” Brancats daughter, singer/songwriter Roxy Allen, told me.
“People can say things that you can’t say on the radio.
And that’s really the way I see him.”
A lot of Gaethja’s success has been due to his ability to bring people together.
“Justin has always been a part of a lot more than just a record label,” said Roxy, who met Gaethjan on stage at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
“He’s a huge part of the artistry of his music.
So when people see that, it makes them want to work with him and collaborate with him.
He is really good at that.”
Like many other hip-hops, “Justin Gaetjes” takes its name from a phrase coined by the late hip-hip artist Tupac Shakur, whose famous lyrics “I’m a gangsta/You know how it is with a gangster” were used to describe the gangsta culture of the 1980s.
In its early days, “justin” was often used to refer to a specific person or group of people.
In recent years, though, “the word has really changed,” Allen said.
“We don’t use the word ‘justin,'” she said.
“We use ‘Gabe.’
And he has this big ‘G’ in front of him.
And he’s the one saying it.
He’s the real guy.
He just happens to be in the studio.”
With his new album, Gaetjeris first solo album, “Truly, You Are My Best Friend,” it is no surprise that the album features a few songs that have been popularized over the years.
But the record also includes some new material that will surely appeal to fans who grew up with his work.
“This record is going to be my best record,” he told me when we sat down for an interview.
“I know it’s going to get some bad reviews.
And I know that I’m doing something different.
But I think I’m going to make a really good record.”