“Being independent is hard work, but it pays off as well. I got to do it and then I got to do it more. I honestly need my music to hit the right ears because when it does I’m everywhere.”
Check out the interview with B Jet exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
B Jet: I was 14 and my boy D told me to come over and rap. I was like rap? What? But I went in there and it felt like home. That’s where it all began and I‘ve been grinding for 7 years. The people around me or know of me know how serious I take it. It’s the world’s turn next.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I haven’t even made it yet, but I will. Speak it into existence. Grind. Be patient. Be determined. Trust few. And most importantly, have faith. You’re not on this journey alone. The people around you are crucial as well. You know that. They’ll see you being great and want to leech off you. Kill that now and keep your circle small.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Promo. I feel like I do it enough, but enough isn’t enough. Being independent is hard work, but it pays off as well. I got to do it and then I got to do it more. I honestly need my music to hit the right ears because when it does I’m everywhere.
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’m on every music site. I get out there. I’m in school, so you know I perform there. I freestyle a lot and believe it or not, people listen. I network, do features, everything. I tweet Cole everyday with music. It’s been like 11 months, so having 1000+ followers I know lot of them are going to see that I rap.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is not supportive until you make it. Augusta? The 706? There’s nothing here. Everybody has the mentality of “until you show me you ain’t squat.” However, I will say my fans are amazing. I love them all. They’ve been supportive through this whole journey.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself buzzing. Buzzing like a god damn bumblebee. I just have to stick with it like I always have. I don’t know how to explain it any better than that. I told mama there are going to be better days and they’re coming.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mom on a personal perspective. She’s my mom and dad. She showed me everything I know. Music wise there’s J. Cole and Kendrick. Sometimes I look at the sky and feel like I’m running out of time, but these guys are 31 and 28 I believe and they started popping at like 25 or 26. I’m 21.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Hell no. They’re weak. Songs may be catchy, have me dabbing and dancing but I’m more of a lyric guy. I listen to what these idiots are saying. I like Kodak, my boy speaks on his life and struggles but some other artists who mainly speak on chains, sex, and drugs and you’re not even about that life.