As one of 2021’s unexpected breakout artists off the back of his co-sign from Brent Faiyaz, collaborations with TyFontaine and KANKAN as well as his affinity for versatility, the 21-year-old Maryland emcee captivates fans once more on his latest project Proud Of U.
Although released in October, the project continues to make waves as Joony’s recognition continues to take shape. While the project’s hit single “WYA?” allowed Joony to reap the rewards of widespread playlisting, Proud Of U exists as a transparent mosaic of the laid-back personal nuances found within his sound.
Joony’s voice is perhaps his greatest strength — transporting listeners to an ethereal soundscape filled with lush keys, harmonious vocal chops and hard-hitting percussion of all kinds. Prolific and poised, the six-track project features atmospheric, winding production that Joony floats effortlessly over. His versatility on tracks like “Paper” and “Repetition” showcase his R&B influences shining to the fullest — paired with droning synths that lead into his woozy sing-rapping. “Step Move” and “Special” bolsters the star’s pluggnb efforts with unique drum patterns and flows — leaning into his rap prowess more in these cuts than on the entire project.
To Joony, love fleets in every form, as money, status and repentance seem to be underlying motives throughout the EP. Although abrasive at times, Joony’s wise beyond his years on Proud Of U. From smooth-flowing bars to instantly infectious melodies, Joony’s mark as an one-of-a-kind creative will continue to flourish on every future effort he shares.
Listen to Joony’s ‘Proud Of U’ below!