10 Reasons Everyone’s Talking about: Justin Mohrle

Twenty-three-year-old rapper Justin Mohrle came out of nowhere and is now expected to be the next big thing, even receiving comparisons to Eminem.

What’s truly amazing about the MC from Garland, Texas, is that he barely has any music available for people to listen. Yet when you have The D.O.C. shopping your demo to Dre, which then leads to the renowned producer flying you out to LA to write in his studio, there is something about you that deserves people’s attention.

Here are 10 reasons why everyone is currently talking about Justin Mohrle, and probably will be until he releases some new music.


  1. Justin is the next rapper chosen by the man with the Midas touch. Dre has brought up the biggest names of the last two decades, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent, and if he chooses you, then it means something.

  2. Justin has been putting in work. The dude practically lives in Dre’s Record One studio complex, spending 13 hours a day writing and recording songs. As to what it’s for, that’s still a mystery. Could it be for Justin’s debut or for…

  3. …Detox, or whatever Dre decides to name his eternally delayed solo album. When you have someone close like The D.O.C. say “We’re all putting our energy toward building another classic,” then something is stirring up. And Dre is notorious for enlisting ghostwriters. Maybe listening to Mohrle’s music is a preview of what’s to come.

  4. Dallas hasn’t really had a nationally celebrated hip-hop golden child. By working with Dre, Justin may be the Big D’s chosen son.

  5. The obvious: Justin is white and he raps. This shouldn’t even matter, but so many publications are pointing out Justin’s skin color. Why are they doing so?

  6. Because they think he’s going to be the next Eminem—which is bonkers. Musically there is no comparison. If anything, Justin sounds more like Drake than Marshall in the limited music available. In terms of success, that all depends on how people take to Justin and how much time he spends honing his craft—which seems like he is already very determined about.

  7. Over the past couple of years, Dr. Dre has set his eyes on conquering the headphone industry with his Beats by Dre line, reportedly earning $3 billion from Apple’s takeover of the company. What’s this have to do with Justin? A lot. Taking Justin on his mentee is by far one of the biggest music-related moves Dre has made over the past couple of years and may mark Dre’s return.

  8. Justin has been playing and excelling at baseball since he was four, being offered multiple scholarships and getting a lot interest from Oklahoma State. He passed all that up though for the microphone.

  9. Justin’s already working with a lot of notables in the music industry, such as Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams—that’s 11 Grammy awards—as well as BJ the Chicago Kid. For someone who doesn’t even have a mixtape to download, that’s quite impressive.

  10. In Justin’s extensive profile piece in D Magazine, there is no mention of the rapper signing onto Aftermath; the focus is that Dre has decided to take him under his wing. If he has signed onto the label, there has been no official mention of it.

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