“We need to influence our generation in a more positive way and teach them with words how to be a more honorable person in society. We hold a lot of influence in our words as artists so I believe we need to use that the right way.”
Check out the interview with JAME exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
JAME: I’ve known hip hop my whole life. I’ve been listening to it since I was 3 because of my older bro who listened to artists like Eminem, Akon, T.I., and 50 Cent on the car rides to school and while playing games. I really started to just listen and study the artists. When I was about 5 I started getting more into with rap with my cousin Will’s help. We were really into Eminem at that time and anything that would make us feel pumped up or chill.
I started writing my own raps at about the age of 10 and I gradually started learning how to write better and be real. I decided to record because it looked fun and cool to do. I started recording at the age of 12 and I’ve been doing it ever since. I am 17 now and I know I still have a long journey ahead.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Work hard for what you want. Don’t give up because it’s hard, trust God and grind. Study the music and the culture and be real with your music. That’s what people want, real.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest thing as of right now for me is building and getting a stronger fan base that I can work off. Coming from a small town does take its toll, but I know I’ll get there. Also funds can be difficult, but I just work hard at my job to earn what I can and with my support from my fam I am certainly blessed.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social Media. Connect, share, and talk to your fans. Don’t ever blow them off because you wouldn’t be where you are without them. Treat them like family and thank them for all they do.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I am from a small town in the west side of Nebraska. It’s crazy because there is only a small group of people here that do what I do and that is even with the people that are corny at rapping. Most of the musicians around here like country or rock music. I am a rare breed here, but I love it because it allows me to share why I love rap music and show the culture of it.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Having a bigger fan base and performing at concerts. I will be half way through my senior year by then too. It would be amazing to have this as a full time career by the time I get out of high school.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My parents and grandma are my biggest influence. My parents taught me how to work hard for what you got and how to be a man in today’s society. My grandma taught me how to love when it’s hard and to trust in the lord. The artist that inspired me growing up was Eminem for sure. He taught me just how to make witty stuff and to just chase after your dreams even when they feel unreal.
Today I look up to the same people with the addition of J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Listening to their music really taught me about what true lyricism is and how to show your heart and how you are feeling. They basically showed me how to use rap as a way to vent my frustrations more and to flow better.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like music is growing and rap is getting better and better as new stuff comes out; as long as you are listening to real artists like Logic, J. Cole, and KDot. I love it more when it’s not down grading women and talking about getting messed up on drugs all the time. We need to influence our generation in a more positive way and teach them with words how to be a more honorable person in society. We hold a lot of influence in our words as artists so I believe we need to use that the right way.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
The Come Up Mixtape: www.datpiff.com/JAME-The-Come-Up-mixtape.756518.html
Facebook: @JAME Music
Twitter: @ gtgmusic_