Starting off 2023 right, Ja Harlin takes us straight to church as he battles with the man in the mirror on his Mick Boulevard produced track, Have Mercy.
Ja Harlin commands attention from the drop with his dominating tone, assertive flow, and soul-infused sample.
Have Mercy acts as a heart-to-heart between Ja Harlin, the audience, and all that is above - we're talking beyond the clouds of Minneapolis.
"I made this song and music video during the Minneapolis riots, and this song represents the aftermath for me. Even though justice was done, the city was still destroyed, and we had to fix it and live in it." - Ja Harlin.
Combining strength and honesty, Have Mercy reflects on actions knowing specific outcomes are necessary.
Without overshadowing the known struggle, the reality is all that matters is the process of change which starts with a challenging but necessary choice, and as the observer, you just gotta have mercy.
"It really came to life when I wrote the chorus, I love to write, so I ended up with 3 or 4 verses for the song but ended up with just 2 after I wrote the chorus last. It's simple, but every word has so much meaning behind it that it solidified the two verses you hear in the track." - Ja Harlin.
Directed by Cold Climate Productions, Have Mercy's visuals are readily available on YouTube (link above). Run up the plays of Have Mercy and keep an eye on this space, Ja Harlin has a lot to say, and he's not going anywhere anytime soon!