Do you want the “TRUTH?” Can you handle it? We sure as hell hope so because Juice Mazelee is back with his brand new single titled “TRUTH,” a hot new jam that carries the momentum forward from his 2021 debut record HVNSNT. Joining classic hip-hop, R&B, and jazz, the Chicago area rapper shines on this new track.

Juice is becoming known for his exceptional storytelling abilities, and he really comes through in that regard on “TRUTH,” as he dishes on the prevalence of gang culture within his hometown and how the harsh realities of life often leave kids with limited options in terms of how to navigate their lives.

Explaining in greater detail his point of view, Juice tells us:

“When I say in the song that ‘I’m from Chicago where the shorties gotta follow a lead and I’mma lead ‘em straight to HVN if they following me,’ it addresses an issue rarely talked about or recognized throughout the city of Chicago. The presence of gang culture in the city has been since prohibition and still stands here today.

“The ‘HVN’ (heaven) part is a metaphor for the positive things we could obtain in the community with the right mindset and able community leaders.”

“However, minority children who inhabit the community are faced with making the decision to become a part of the culture that lives within the community or deciding to explore the idea of self worth, growth, and development, financial independence, and opportunity. This is the idea I’m proposing with this quote and the song. The ‘HVN’ (heaven) part is a metaphor for the positive things we could obtain in the community with the right mindset and able community leaders.”

As “TRUTH” may suggest, Juice is an artist who is defined by his realism and his real-life experiences, growing up on the streets and seeing the highs and lows of what was occurring around him. Through expressing his emotions, he sees a great opportunity for healing and coming to terms with the things that happen to us. A lot of HVNSNT was inspired by his mother passing away at a young age and how he adapted as an individual after it happened. Part of growth is actually focusing the time on processing how we are feeling, and it’s often the part that is most overlooked.

The message behind Juice’s songs lines up well with his other pastime as a mental health advocate. He has also worked with nonprofits like The Reginald & Paul Sewell Foundation and Hope For The Day and has also found time to act, like in the Black Ensemble Theater production of The Ghetto Is Lit. If you’re not already on the Juice Mazelee bandwagon, it’s time to hop on because he’s really just getting started.

Artwork for the single “TRUTH” by Juice Mazelee