With uniquely slurred, anguished vocals that recall vintage Don Toliver and Young Thug, and an emotional core to his songwriting, where concepts like heartbreak and isolation are approached without fear, YhapoJJ is creating a Huntsville, Alabama rap scene from scratch. Known as the Rocket City to outsiders, all signs point to YhapoJJ being Huntsville’s next shining son, and with an eclectic list of heroes, the rising artist isn’t afraid to speak softly in a rap world jam packed with tough guys.

Listening to a YhapoJJ song has the intimacy of a late night chat with a friend, desperate to get something off their chest. “The rap world is ready for someone who is human, not super-human,” he says, “and that’s going to be me.”