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We are gonna do things just a little bit different Baltimore. My girl Jae TheLyoness took the time to answer some real questions while out doing her thing. Let’s hear her roar!
What part of Baltimore are you from? What do you love about the city?
I am not from a specific part of. I moved around a lot. I lived in baltimore for 5 years and for two I was homeless. So I was mostly in the west or east parts of the city. I love the Downtown harbor area because It helps me escape the other things in the city.
When did you start writing and how did that flow into music?
I started writing when I was 7 years old.
I was singing at 3. So music has just been in me.
My mom sings. My dad use to DJ.
My cousins rap and sing and play instruments so music has been here.
What is the most common misconception about female rappers?
The biggest misconception I would say is, the fact that female rappers have to compete with each other. That we “HAVE” to steal each others spot light. When really we were all given a different purpose in life so its no need to fight.
What makes you different from the others?
The fact that I rather give than receive. I rather give the message to those in need without thinking about who will give back to me. My lyrics show that i am not afraid to push the envelope. The fact that I am fearless and I am not afraid to be myself. I don’t follow trends and I do what I feel is right and not what society tells me. I am a rebel.
What gives you your inspiration? When you start to rap, are you surprised by the reaction from those listening to you? (Talk about your Apollo Experience)
My inspiration can come from anywhere and anything I am doing at anytime.
I wouldn’t say surprised because when you are confident knowing your gift and when you accept it and realize what your purpose is and follow it, its more of a sigh of relief that I was able to reach those I was supposed to. When I was at the apollo I was happy at the reaction that I got because it was like people actually got what I had to say. Sad to say that the opposite race from another country understood me more. They treated me like I was really a celebrity. It was awkward at first but it made me feel good about what I was doing. Maybe that was who I was suppose to target that night. You never know what plans God has for you. So Hey lls.
Who inspires you? Do you find that vulgarity in rap music is needed or can we do without?
God, My Mom, sisters, My Best friend (Evon Uniique), Lecrae , Logic and Dee-1 inspires me.
I feel like as an artist you should be able to express how you feel anyway that you like. As long as it isn’t hurting the next person. Personally I am not an artist who is vulgar. I feel I am a lot better when i’m not.
What about your music do you want other to pay the most attention to?
The Message. The vision. what do you see when you hear it? How do you feel?
Talk about your first recording and first release; was it what you expected?
My first recording and release was produced by me and written by me. I was very proud of myself. It was the first beat I ever made but not the first song I’ve ever written. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. It was an experiment for me.
What was a true learning experience for you being a female in business?
THIS IS A MANS WORLD……lol so as a female I have to be aggressive to gain respect. You do have people who will try to take advantage of you.
Do you feel Baltimore as a whole accepts or looks down on artists in general? How real is the struggle from your view point?
Honestly everybody raps about the same crap so my answer is yes they get looked down on. I think that most artist from this area have to work ten times harder because Maryland is small. It takes more energy to get noticed here. Especially if you aren’t saying anything that catches someone’s attention. I think the struggle is hella real but as long as you are consistent, confident and quick with thinking you could really make it. Everything takes time.
What advice do you have for other up and coming artists?
Just be true to who you are. Always be real with yourself and your audience. Never allow negativity to ruin your goals and always Keep God First. This business is cruel so…..Be Strong and be aware. Dont believe everything you hear or see. Protect yourself and your music. keep your circle small. Be humble and keep the faith.
Who would you like to do a collaborative work with and why?
I would like to work with Lecrae,Dee-1, Logic and DMX. None of them are afraid of the truth and They seem like humble guys. despite what media says about DMX I still love my brother because everybody has flaws and my man is gifted. All of them are. I think we would create the most powerful music in history.
There you have it! Serious about her music, the struggle and the message. Jae is a force to be reckoned with in the music world!
With a message as real as the soul that presents it. This soft spoken, bright smiling always positive female is a force to be reckoned with!