PJ Morton has officially released PAUL, his first studio album in nearly two years.
After a weeks-long tease, the 10-track effort arrives via the multi-talent’s New Orleans-grown Morton Records and serves as a follow up to his modern soul manifesto, Gumbo, released in 2017, as well as last year’s Grammy-winning Gumbo Unplugged.
This time around, however, Morton says he didn’t want to “fall into the same trap” of chasing the success of his previous works by offering up an alternative side of his musical persona.
“With PAUL, we got down to the purest form of who I am. Only a couple people in the world call me Paul,” Morton told ABC Radio of the self-titled album. “PAUL is a very specific thing, you know.”
PAUL includes the provocatively titled “MAGA?,” which was recorded with the help of CNN commentator Angela Rye. There’s also “Buy Back the Black,” which celebrates the life and legacy of Nipsey Hussle while delivering a message on the importance of building up your community, as the late rapper did.
“I really wanted to speak as purely as possible because the same thing that had me wanting to stop doing my solo thing is the thing that made Gumbo a success, which is not overthinking,” Morton declared. “Just making things that I believe in and that make me feel good. And, just hope that other people would feel good as a result.”
PAUL is now available for streaming on all major platforms.
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