My journey officially started my junior year of college when I heard J. Cole’s album 2014 Forrest Hill Drive … when I heard that album it resonated with me in a way in which I can’t explain … I saw how it affected those around me and I wanted my music to have that effect. A week or so later I came to the realization that I want to achieve greatness.
Check out the interview with JMAC The Dragon exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
JMAC The Dragon: My journey officially started my junior year of college when I heard J. Cole’s album 2014 Forrest Hill Drive. I had been freestyling and writing a lot prior to this, but when I heard that album it resonated with me in a way in which I can’t explain.
And not only that, I saw how it affected those around me and I wanted my music to have that effect. A week or so later I came to the realization that I want to achieve greatness. I want to be legendary through my music. And so began my journey to break into the entertainment industry and become the best to ever touch a microphone.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice would be to not just give the people what they want. Music is your artistry and it’s important to stay true to both your craft and yourself. Never give up and always continue to perfect your craft. I would also tell them to put their heart and soul into their music, that’s what makes it real.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I think the hardest challenge is getting people to take me seriously as an upcoming rap artist. Everybody wants to be a rapper nowadays but not everyone does it for the right reasons.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I would say the best way to promote and advertise my music is through social media. I try to make use of all my social media networks when promoting my music: Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My hometown is Irving, Texas, a city about 10 or 15 minutes out from Dallas. I started doing music in San Marcos, Texas, a city in-between. I know only a few other artists I went to school with, they’re hustling just like I am.
Our plan when we’ve all blown up and got our own separate careers stable enough, is to do a tour with the three of us since we’re all from the same city.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Wishful thinking would have me signed and working on a debut project. While I’m not too sure if that will be the case, I definitely want to be doing more shows and have a larger fan base.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration musically is J. Cole. From his production to the way he expresses himself and his lyricism. Studying Cole even helped me develop a foundation for my own music.
My second inspiration, as funny as it might sound, is actually Goku from Dragon Ball Z. It goes way deeper than the character just being cool. I like what Goku stands for: tenacity, perseverance, and doing what’s morally right. He shows that any limit can be passed if we set our minds to it and don’t give up.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Even though I do like some of the music out today, I don’t feel like mainstream hip hop is a good representation of what hip hop is really about.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: @JMAC The Dragon