It has been a few months since ZULO released his last single “Adawise,” which received a lot of attention. Fans have been eagerly anticipating his next release, and he has finally delivered with “JOL,” a pop-edged trap anthem featuring up-and-coming rapper Flow Jones Jr.
The song explores the challenges faced by artists, such as difficulties with bookings and chasing payments from promoters, or even not being compensated at all. Flow Jones Jr. incorporates an interpolation of Msaki’s “Ulwandle Lutshile,” while ZULO expresses his reluctance to stay at parties longer than necessary.
ZULO produced the track himself, and it features a trap beat with a spiraling synth and trumpet accents reminiscent of Outkast’s iconic “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.” The chorus includes a surprise log drum, emphasizing the pair’s passionate plea for their rightfully earned dues. The song ends with a harmonious guitar solo that punctuates the overall sonic experience.
ZULO states, “I wanted to make a street song that was a little unconventional, incorporating elements of 2000s hip-hop and amapiano, while still sounding current and familiar.”