Everglades Boss is the professional name of veteran hip-hop artist, Gerald Roger Jr. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Miami, and is now based in South Carolina. The multifaceted emcee has had his finger on the pulse of East Coast and Southern hip-hop since he first stepped to the mic back in the 90’s.
He was a teenager when hip-hop ruled the radio. As an artist puts his own spin on that old-school vibe, citing the inspiration of legends like Wu-tang Clan, Master P, Tribe Called Quest, and many more. In November, Everglades Boss dropped his first new music after a long hiatus.
“Blues Joint” is a new release from Everglades Boss, available worldwide via all major streaming services. It is the first of five new singles he has released in as many months. The laid-back hip-hop groove pairs an old-school groove with Roger’s smooth Southern flow.
A bluesy lo-fi ragtime piano opens the track. Soon the beat drops on a chilled and jazzy downtempo rim-shot boom-bap groove. On the mic Everglades Boss drops a verbose lyrical and melodic freestyle about family, hip-hop, African plains and Floridian shore lines. With shoutouts to everyone from Etta James to Janis Joplin, he delivers a “grown folk type of vibe.”
Check out the “Blues Joint” video below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Beat playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links below to connect with Everglades Boss. Get on his socials and join him on this new phase of his musical journey.