Interview with: J. Kas

J. Kas Dreamlife Tour By Pishi Modaressi

If you’re a regular visitor of NEW LEASE MUSIC, then you’ll definitely know Javan Wright – aka J. KAS. He’s sitting pretty in the interview seat this month as his music video for fiery single, ‘Rio’ was the most viewed production on the blog in October. It’s time to get to know Sheffield’s most consistent emcee and his extensive plans for the rest of this year and beyond.

NLM: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC

JKAS: Thank you for your time and efforts and I’m grateful to New Lease Music for their endless support.

NLM: When did you have that ‘eureka moment’ of becoming an artist?

JKAS: I’ve always enjoyed singing and dancing from an early age as I’d always be entertaining my family and my peers at school, so I guess it was a natural thing to become a performing artist.

NLM: Lately you’ve released a string of music videos – more recently for the single RIO – what’s the public’s reception on the production so far?

JKAS: I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with different people in order to produce the latest video’s and we have many more which are yet to be released.

‘Rio’ is one of my favourite tracks, it’s vibrant, full of energy and good vibes. When you watch the video it makes you wanna just dance, and the reception we’ve received for it has been extremely positive. I believe it will grow bigger in popularity over time.

NLM: You have an extensive (and pretty dope) discography. What’s your proudest track and why?

JKAS: As for my proudest track that’s very difficult to say. But If I had to choose one I would say ‘I Will Not Lose” taken from my EP “The ‘MVP’ Project” as that was the beginning of J. Kas music.

 NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

JKAS: My sound varies from project to project. I’ve gone from dark rap like on The ‘MVP’ Project to more upbeat and conscious #Hometown and then onto commercial sounding vibes of One Six & Snapchat EP. So I’m very versatile, whilst keeping it clean-cut and fresh throughout. You could say my sound is universal.

NLM: If you had to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist who would it be?

JKAS: That would have to Kanye West. Many people have said that would be a likely collaboration. It’s like we are the same but different.

NLM: If you had three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

JKAS: I wouldn’t change anything. It is what it is.

NLM: So what are your plans for the rest of 2017 and 2018?

JKAS: I’ve just done a collaboration with Sheffield band Cellar Door Moon Crow for a track called ‘East To The West’ which is a single taken from their forthcoming album which was released at the end of last month. They recently dropped a video to accompany the track.

We have a performance for Google in Sheffield in December which were looking forward to. Hopefully a trip to Germany by the end of the year for on another musical venture. We recently travelled to France & Belgium for my ‘Dreamlife’ tour which was to film videos to tracks taken from my forthcoming EP ‘Dreamlife’ which will be out January 2018. Whilst out in Belgium we also caught up with my brother 87Buj and recorded a freestyle video which is doing well on social media.

2018, we plan to continue to be consistent, make as much noise as possible and collaborate with more artist domestically and foreign. Enjoy life and do what we do best.
I have a quite a back catalogue of music ready to go and 2018 looks set to be a pretty noisy and busy year.

Also myself and my man Ruell have a collaboration EP arriving in 2018, which is sounding large – so look out for that!!!

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

JKAS: All my social media handles including Snapchat is JKASMUSIC apart from YouTube which is MUSICJKAS
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what would you do?

JKAS: I’d probably be that person inventing it.

 

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Back in March, this young emcee was featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC with Loyalty Is Rare…now she’s back with a rather smooth offering, Get Some Money, which is available as a free download via SoundCloud…but wait !!! Before you rush off to get your copy, why not stick around a moment and get to know her?

NLM:  Hey how you doing? Please introduce yourself and where you from.

RGD: I’m great. Wassup, I’m RGD that stands for RudeGyalDejah. I’m from Nashville, TN.


NLM: Tell us what projects you working on at the moment?

RGD: I’m working on my debut mixtape 2.Die.4 dropping at the end of the year.

NLM: At what point did you want to become a hip-hop artist?

RGD: Middle school. I started with poetry first tho. I finally started recording December of last year.

NLM: Were you in a group before you flying solo?

RGD: Always solo. I tried starting a group back in high school that was a FAIL lol. My friends weren’t into it
as much as me.


NLM: How would describe your music? Would you compare yourself to any of your music influences of today?

RGD: I  would describe it as honest. It shows all sides of me. Me in a vulnerable state. My fears, insecurities, aspirations, everything.

NLM:  What do you think of the female role in the hip-hop game today?

RGD: I feel the female role is getting bigger with all these female artists getting the recognition they deserve. We’re prospering right now.
Girl power all day.

NLM: What mainstream (or even indie) artists you’re into at the moment?

RGD: Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, D’Angelo’s The Black Messiah is my favorite album right now. I listen to R&B more than Rap believe it or not.

NLM: If you had a choice to collaborate with  just ONE mainstream artist, who would it be and why?

RGD: Erykah Badu. I love her so much. She’s one of my favorites of all time. I feel like we could make a dope record together.  I enjoy her honesty in her music and the vibes.

NLM:  If you were granted three wishes, what would it be?

RGD: Infinite wealth & knowledge, peace on Earth.

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

RGD:  My soundcloud, twitter, IG are all @RudeGyalDejah

FIRST EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH: Rob Forte

Rob Forte

If you’re a regular NEW LEASE MUSIC visitor, you may have checked out ROB FORTE’s music, including his debut mixtape, S.O.UL. Now it’s time to find out a little more about The Academy emcee and his reason behind his latest project. Remember, you heard it first on NEW LEASE MUSIC!

NLM: You recently release your debut mixtape, S.O.UL. Describe the story behind the project?

RF: When I first came up with the project idea, I was originally going to create another EP. But I had so much going on in my life that I decided to release a full project. Funny thing is I wasn’t going to name it S.O.U.L., I was going to name it “Forte Thoughts” because it was going to be a project of straight venting (which it kinda still is), but I really just wanted to be honest. Everything in the project that I said is honesty, whether it’s my thoughts or current situations. I started listening to different types of artists like Kevin Gates and I started to relate to the honesty. So that’s why I called it S.O.U.L. Simply Outta Utter Love. The love for the art as well as soul music in general.

NLM: What has the reception been like towards your new mixtape?

RF: I’ve been getting all types of texts and phone calls and whatnot from people pouring out their love for it. Before I released it, I told the rest of the members of The Academy that this project was going to be one of those projects that people will gravitate towards. And I was right.

NLM: What’s your favourite track on the mixtape and why?

RF: Honestly I have several. But if I had to pick one then it would probably beeeeeee……..SOLO. Reason why is because it literally illustrates a session with me and the homies. The conversation at the end of the song was me and homie Rod Markie. Funny thing about it is we’ve had that conversation SO MANY TIMES. So when he came through to record the skit, it was organic because it’s literally real life conversations that we have.

NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved with the music industry?

RF: I did a lot of things. Some negative and some positive. But I try to keep straight positivity in my life. But if you mean totally getting involved with music, I was in school. I started taking rap music seriously in high school when I met my homie and The Academy emcee Bonz. He invited me to his crib where he had a studio and from then it was just progression. I made music before, here and there, but that was when we were lil jits running up and down the streets doing what we were doing.

 NLM: At what point did you want to become a hip-hop artist?

RF: I would say probably in my senior year of high school when I rapped in my first cypher. This producer I knew invited me to a cypher but we had different lunches. So I skipped class and went there and rapped. From then on my notoriety built and I started getting all types of love. That’s when I started noticing that people actually saw something in me. So I kept going hard.

NLM: Who are your musical influences?

RF: I have three main musical influences: Common, Mos Def, and Kanye. Common, who is my favourite artist, because of his content and lyricist, Mos Def because of his versatility in rap styles, and Kanye because of his general artistry and confidence. But I look a lot into different artists and distinguish whether or not I like them if I can feel them. If I can’t feel the music a certain way then I don’t pay too much attention to them.

NLM: Would you compare your sound to these musical influences?

RF: I don’t think I can compare my sound to anybody at this moment. I made sure that I couldn’t. In high school I was compared to people like Jay Electronica, Andre 3K, Common, J. Cole, etc… But now that I’ve grown, I told myself that I can’t try to sound like anybody else. So that’s why I choose totally different production than what you normally hear, I do different things on a track, etc….

NLM: So how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard your tracks?

RF: I really don’t know (laughs). I’ve been in situations where people would ask me who I would compare myself to and I would just tell them no one. Then I would play a track and let them decide. By the time they’re finished, they wouldn’t know either (laughs). But if anybody finds out, please let me know!

NLM: If you were to collaborate with a chart-topping artist of today, who would it be?

RF: That’s a tough one. Ummmm….I think I probably would want to collab with Ross. We from the same city so I think we would be able to relate on certain things that go on throughout the city and put together a real soulful joint.

NLM: What are your plans for 2014 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming  gigs? Please spill!

RF: Right now I’m just focusing on continuing to promote S.O.U.L. Bonz and I are currently working with my manager with the set-up of the Numb The Pain for Your S.O.U.L. tour for the fall. We started the summer locally. So by the fall we should be all over Florida and probably hit Georgia and the tri-state area.

NLM: When can we expect another project from you?

RF: I don’t know. That’s a good question. I am in discussion with my homie Sway (producer of Turnt Up) about making a joint mixtape but I don’t know what’s going to come out of that. So we’re going to talk more and see.