Ajani Jones is “never foldin’” on his glimmering and introspective single “Bliss,” where the gummy bars stick to the roof of his mouth before he works them into his polished flow. This track is the lead single for Jones’ upcoming record Eternal Bliss, dropping May 12th.
Above all else, “Bliss” is a song about doing battle with your demons and finding freedom during moments of grief. Assisted by Anna Agosta and Shao Doja, Jones turns allusions to dark memories into fuel for his optimistic raps. His flow is urgent and controlled. Bars roll off Jones’ tongue without colliding into each other. The rhymes on this cut are tightly stitched together. The synths have you daydreaming and floating through the clouds where Jones paints his images. In just under four minutes, Ajani Jones brings the Chicago sun right to your speakers.
A South Side Chicago native, Ajani Jones is adding a fresh narrative to the Chicago music scene. Inspired and driven by his own struggles, he is a big advocate for suicide awareness and prevention. Jones wants his music to provide encouragement to any listener that might also feel like an outcast, and give them a sense of community through his music.
Jones himself grew up poverty stricken and often felt like an outsider. Of course, that’s where the music comes in. He took comfort and drew inspiration from artists like Kid Cudi, Tupac, J. Cole, and fellow Chicagoan Lupe Fiasco. But his music is more than a fusion of his influences, Jones lyrics feel lived in and his delivery is precisely his own.
Ajani Jones is represented by AEMMP Records, an award winning student run record label at Columbia College Chicago. You can stream all of his work on SoundCloud, and stay on the lookout for the album Eternal Bliss, scheduled to drop May 12th!