Image via Jon Waltz

Image via Jon Waltz

We’ve been ready for more from Jon Waltz since “Anna,” but it was worth the wait. “Justified” represents a new level for the Memphis rapper, both in terms of polish and introspection. The smooth, slinky beat will have you nodding along, but a close listen to the lyrics reveals deeper, darker truths.

It’s the second single off Waltz’s next project, the follow up to 2014’s Alyss EP.

“This song came from a time period of depression and self-reflection,” Waltz said over email. “I lost everything that I thought was important to me. I lost all of my friends, and this was the only way I knew how to deal with it. I hope anybody battling their personal demons is able to hear this song, embrace their reality, and then improve their reality.”

Stream “Justified” below.