The artist behind the Lord Olaf title is 19 year old LA-native CJ Harper. Harper was raised on music, introduced to everything from rap to folk and encouraged to pursue his interest in creating his own music from a young age. As he got older, Harper continued his musical exploration and took to the internet to make his own discoveries. What began as rapping over homemade beats after middle school became a way to carve out a space of his own in the music world. Though he has been making music with his friends under the name Swerve Squad, TRU2U marks the first major release for Lord Olaf. The 5 track EP blends together west coast hip hop, indie and metal sounds, showcasing Harper's wide array of influences. Harper calls the project a collection of "confessional poetry," with lyrics that explore the angst and irreverence of adolescent life and love. "TRU2U is for the nerd who asks out the cheerleader, the skater who plays violin & the stoner who works a 9-5."
Y’all - “I listened to the Cool Kids Pandora station every day in 7th grade and that introduced me to this whole world of new music. I wrote the beat and hook one night and then had Chuck and Amir over a couple weeks later to record. Chuck showed up in head to toe Fila, I was geeking out. And then Amir has one of the loudest rap voices- he’ll spit like 400 bars and then one about a Prius. He did all the ad libs on that record too.”