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JB INTERVIEWS… ISSUE

VALLEJO, CA’S ISSUE COMES FROM A FAMILY OF RAP LEGENDS BUT FIRMLY STANDS ON HIS OWN. STILL A TEENAGER, HE MAKES MUSIC THAT PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF THE GENRE AND EXPLORES NEW TERRITORY. A YOUTHFUL EXPERIMENTAL ENERGY RUNS THROUGHOUT HIS MUSIC AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIS WHAT HE DOES NEXT.

WE DID A SONG TOGETHER A LITTLE WHILE BACK AND I HOPE TO WORK ON MORE MUSIC WITH HIM IN THE FUTURE. I SENT ISSUE A FEW QUESTIONS VIA EMAIL AND YOU CAN READ OUR SHORT INTERVIEW AFTER THE JUMP.

YOU COME FROM A FAMILY OF LEGENDARY RAPPERS AND PRODUCERS. WAS IT NATURAL FOR YOU TO START RAPPING?

“yeah, I grew up listening to music all my life and I play three instruments so that just made me more advance when it came to music, it was amazing when I first started to make music. i loved hearing my voice on a crazy/weirdo type beat.”

YOU HAVE A VERY UNIQUE STYLE THAT AT TIMES GOES BEYOND WHAT IS TRADITIONALLY CONSIDERED RAP MUSIC. ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS?

“haha, honestly i dont know how that came to be, rumors say I did some Grade A drugs, others rumors say it was the tea..I’m gonna have to go with the tea rumor, i’ve always wanted to be different and somehow naturally it worked out for me.”

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR MUSIC GOING IN THE FUTURE?

“right now, no idea. I got tons of songs i just haven’t released them yet. I got three mixtapes coming out soon and a album coming as well.”

WHERE DID YOUR LOVE FOR ARIZONA ICE TEA START? WHY IS IT SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR MUSIC AND LIFESTYLE?

“AZ tea for me is a symbol. It is something that can make someone seem more mature, wise, noble just by having it in there palms. Tea relaxes me in ways no other beverage has done. I also drink it because it helps my motivation to young people that they don’t have to do drugs to fit in, I feel like creativity comes from the heart and soul and the tea buzzes me enough to make dope lyrics and crazy songs.”

WHAT IS BEHIND YOUR DECISION TO LIVE A DRUG FREE LIFESTYLE?

“I’ve never done a drug in my life and I say that with honesty, I mean what i say in lyrics and i don’t turn on them by being a hypocrite. All my life people say “dude, drugs will help your rapping be tubular” as they say that i can just hear the ignorance in there voice. Being drug free is the way I live my life.”

I HAD A TOUGH TIME IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT I FOUND THAT RAPPING AND PLAYING SHOWS HELPED ME GET THOUGH THE DARKNESS. DO YOU LIKE SCHOOL?

“Hmm school is okay, I write my lyrics there a lot when i have down time. Soon as I home, i’m rapping all my lyrics down. School also makes you very organize, I mean time consuming wise. You get stuff done faster.”

TO END THIS INTERVIEW, I WANT TO PLAY YOU THREE SONGS AND GET YOUR REACTION TO EACH ONE.

1. SUICIDE-GHOST RIDER

“Sounds like he is on some Grade A drugs! haha, very strange, its crazy how back then they named the title “Ghost Rider” and then that dude was wearing stunna shades..thats crazy!”

2. DIZZEE RASCAL-I LUV U

“The beat is sick!! Its sorta weird that the title does not fit with the tempo/lyrics but thats all about creativity.”

3. LIGHTNING BOLT-13 MONSTERS

“I got to 0:58 seconds.. stuff is way crazy for me haha”

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