Listen to CJ’s debut EP ‘Loyalty Over Royalty’

The New York rapper enjoyed break-out success last year with his song 'Whoopty'

CJ has dropped his debut EP ‘Loyalty Over Royalty’ – you can listen to the release below.

The Staten Island, New York rapper broke through last year with his single ‘Whoopty’, which peaked at #3 in the UK singles chart and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The track has already exceeded half a billion combined streams across the major streaming platforms.

‘Loyalty Over Royalty’ has been released today (February 19) via CJ Music Group / Warner Records. The eight-track EP includes ‘Whoopty’ and CJ’s follow-up single ‘BOP’, which came out late last month.

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The release also features French Montana, who guests on the song ‘I’m Lit’. Montana also executively produced the EP.

You can listen to CJ’s ‘Loyalty Over Royalty’ below via Spotify:

Speaking to NME recently, CJ explained why he always felt that ‘Whoopty’ would be a huge hit.

“It was just like the energy of the song. I was super hyped from the jump. And I just knew it was going to do something,” he recalled. “Everybody that was at the studio [during the recording] felt the same way.

“I kinda knew it would get some attention. I hoped it would go viral a bit but to be honest, I never realised how big it would get and blow up the way it did. I just put it out to have some new music out there. It just took off.”

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CJ also spoke about his delight at discovering that Cardi B had rapped along to ‘Whoopty’ during an Instagram post back in November.

“It was crazy. I was actually at an event and everybody was tagging me in her videos,” he recalled to NME. “I was confused about what the hell was going on. So when I finally clicked on it and saw, I was like: ‘Woah, that’s major.’ For her to even give me that co-sign is amazing, it’s a great feeling.

“She’s reached out basically just embracing me and saying: ‘This song is crazy, keep doing what you gotta do’. We spoke like that briefly. But I’d definitely like to work with her in the future, she’s a super dope artist.”

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