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About Us

Our site and space offer histories, memories, profiles, tributes, and features on the culture of Lagos and rap music from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, so that you can relive the moments that shaped the culture in Lagos and around the world. Every piece of content is carefully curated to give direct links to the people and places behind the moment, and the music, culture, and style that evolved as a result.

Conceived on the beauty and energy that hip-hop inspires in the City of Lagos, RJL offers visitors (both online and physical) the opportunity to explore the genre's philosophical and sociopolitical depth from a uniquely Lagosian perspective.

What we do:

​Through our physical space located at 4 Norman Williams Street, Ikoyi-Lagos, we offer rare hip-hop and Lagos cultural center with a themed bookstore/record store with one of the largest collections of hip-hop and Lagos books; a listening lounge where you can enjoy an exceptional musical experience and is opened to the public at intervals, also, a 1st of its kind exclusive listening club; a listening corner where donated hip-hop albums can be enjoyed at no cost and a hip-hop and Lagos themed restaurant.

Our space was named in the top 5 locations in Lagos for music & book lovers by @hoosocials and @naviapp respectively.

We also stock merchandise and memorabilia for the promotion of retro hip-hop and vintage Lagos. We also offer membership subscriptions, which gives you discounts on store items, and access to exclusive virtual and in-person live show including membership in our Hip-hop and Lagos-centric book club, Renegade Book Club (RBC), and Lagos & Hip-hop History Society.

By setting the right vibe with album listening events, open mics, lyrical dialogues, books about rap, Lagos lifestyle, and culture, as well as local and international politics, our website, social media platforms, and our Ikoyi, Lagos, the location offers a vibrant and safe venue both conceptually and physically. The space also hosts tributes for selected departed rappers, album anniversaries, hip-hop meets, fashion shows, and many other events to promote hip-hop and Lagos.

How we started:

​During the height of the pandemic lockdown, we launched officially with a successful kick-starter that saw over 50 backers from Lagos, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, and helped us raise $4000+ to build a vibrant community online. We are infinitely grateful for their support and the memories they shared to help us shape our vision for #RetroHiphop and #VintageLagos.

Moving forward:

We will continue to bring you original content to immerse you in the life and culture of hip-hop and Lagos from the past. We are always learning and always growing, so we would love your input as you engage with our platform.
Please share your thoughts, ideas, and memories with us via, so that together we can Beat the Norm™️

Beat the Norm™

We move to our own beat. We are passionate about finding the substance in every style — unapologetic about what is hip and stirs the soul. Lagos is our unconventional playground, gritty, rowdy, crowded, and filled with the soul of a million beats. Open for all — all who are open to us. This ain’t your mama’s coffee shop or the hipster’s Pinterest board. This is Rap Joint Lagos. A space beyond the norm. This is the new culture — a blend of the old and new culture, forging the future of where hip-hop and our beloved city are going.

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