Album: J.Lately – Let’s Just Be Friends

The Bay Area Emcee Shares Soulful Project, Debuted by YouHeardThatNew


The Album:

Oakland-bred Ineffable Music rapper J.Lately is sharing his Let’s Just Be Friends album today via YouHeardThatNew. He’s distinguished himself as an emcee with soulful style and a laid back flow, as is evident on the latest single, I Miss You,” where horn jabs give the nostalgic hip-hop track a jazzy twist. “I went into this album trying to write songs that were less about being a rapper or a dreamer and more about just being a human,” J.Lately explains. “I noticed that a lot of times we get ourselves into these negative co-dependent relationships where we allow ourselves to hurt each other, whereas if we could just learn to love ourselves a little more and treat each other better we could all just be friends.”

Having split time between Oakland and Southern California, J.Lately’s influences are eclectic and mesh together effortlessly to form his own individual style. A relentless drive has kept Lately on tour across the country with artists such as Zion I, Locksmith, Los Rakas, Chuuwee, and Rey Res to name a few. He has released multiple solo and collaborative projects, with his most recent solo release being 2014’s Make.Believe. Having recently concluded his 13-date headlining Bourne Madd Tour, J.Lately is stepping into the forefront with Let’s Just Be Friends.

On Nov. 8th, J.Lately will be having the Let’s Just Be Friends release party at Stork Club in Oakland, and in December he kicks off an 18-date Winter Fresh Out West Tour with I.L.A.M. – tickets and info for all is available here.

Listen to Let’s Just Be Friends

Check out the YouHeardThatNew premiere:

Buy Let’s Just Be Friends on iTunes:

Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with J.Lately.

J.Lately Background:

With no pretend marketing scheme or gimmick, J.Lately distinguishes himself with his classic style and laid back flow. A true appreciation for music, along with the unique ability to put everyday life into a relatable perspective has allowed him to flourish in the local Bay Area scene. “It’s not about rushing it” explains Lately, “it’s about quality music and progress.”

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Let’s Just Be Friends

“I Miss You”:

“Can’t Go For That”:

Food With Friends | Episode One w/ Oops:


“Roses” ft. Grynch:

“All Away” ft. TiRon (Prod. Ben Rosen):

“Destinations” ft. Rayana Jay (Prod. Matcy P):


“Roses” ft. Grynch (Prod. The Blacksmiths):