Just six days ago, Nashville recording artists Struggle Jennings and Jelly Roll shared their latest single with his fans by debuting a music video for ‘Can’t Go Home’, directed and produced by Massbaum Entertainment and Hy Def. This is just a small part of a much larger creative masterpiece, an ongoing project in collaboration with best friend, and fellow rap artist Struggle Jennings. Via social media, Jelly Roll writes to fans:
“We’re doing it for the city again! MARCH 23rd, Waylon and Willie 2 BABY! No label, No distribution, No Egos. Just two best friends sharing stories from the soul. This @casamigos shot will be dedicated to all the losers who will win again. I love being the underdog @iamstruggle #nashville #waylonandwillie”
Since its Tuesday release, ‘Can’t Go Home’ has impressively racked up over 250,000 views on YouTube. This equates to thousands of streams each hour, for days. I don’t know if that’s technically underdog status, but regardless, their fans are looking forward to the album, set to be released March 23rd. The follow-up LP is entitled “Waylon & Willie 2”, and includes well-written tracks like “Fall In the Fall”, ‘Love Won’ featuring Shooter Jennings (Shooter is also Struggle’s uncle, and the son of Country royalty Waylon Jennings), and the last track of the album ‘Rodeo’, is graced by local artist and musician, Alexander King.
Praise appears to be pouring in from listeners making it evident these lyrics are resonating with a vast population of music consumers. But it’s not uncommon for both Struggle and Jelly to touch on sensitive subjects like addiction, hurting the ones you love, and specifically in ‘Can’t Go Home’, the inevitable heartbreak experienced by troubled youth. Some could argue their rhymes are like the gospel, these fellas always speak the truth. They write about situations and issues they’ve personally lived through, and the reason we should listen is because they’ve prevailed, overcome, risen to the occasion, and have never given up. They can consistently deliver a positive message in nearly each song they write, while always keeping it nothing shy of real. Call it ‘country rap’, or whatever you want to call it. Most of us just call it good.
After the release of their first collaboration “Waylon & Willie” (November 2017) the album went on to receive positive attention from both critics and fans, boasting five-star reviews across the board from iTunes, and streaming platforms like Google, Amazon and Apple Music. Many fans have confirmed they still have the first album on repeat, the most popular tracks being ‘Glitter’ and “Dearly Departed’. Even celebrity Dwayne Johnson, better known as The Rock, showed some love via Twitter, commenting “Real change can only come from us. Listen to you boys every workout. Album is strong. Congrats on the drop!!”
Struggle recalls “For The Rock to reach out and congratulate us, it means a lot.” Struggle also took to social media earlier in the week to share some excitement surrounding the buzz “Each day is a chance to be better than the day before!! Keep moving forward with the wind at your heels and the sun in your face!! This is our best work yet.”
See what you think by checking out the video for ‘Can’t Go Home’