“My city of Toronto is in fire right now … The music scene is getting serious after years of neglect from the American rap scene. We have an outlet and our music, style, and city as a whole is forming its own Identity.”
Check out the interview with Jessy James exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Jessy James: I’m a 90s baby and soaked in the world’s greatest and original artists. I started writing a lot but never dropped a song until I was 15 in grade 9 and played it for half of my school and everyone automatically labelled me Jessy James the Rapper. I dropped a highly praised album last summer called Gseries and it’s made my official stamp in the Toronto rap scene. I’m aiming for a worldwide crowd on my next project SWEET6IXTEEN.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote yourself as an artist is to be consistent and active with sharing your music and upcoming events through any and all social media outlets you’ve signed up with. You’re an artist and you’re selling yourself. Before anyone can invest in you they have to see you can do it yourself.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I ultimately want to become a voice for my side of the tipping scale, a lot of the world thinks Canada is a country with no flaws or ghettos or lower class struggling families. I was fortunate enough to move away from it all when I turned 18, but I come from that and I want to show, especially my town of Scarborough, Ontario.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the business is having the patience. Hip hop is portrayed now as a fast car, fast money, and fast life type of career. The reality of it all is it takes a lot of time and effort to get that number 1 spot. Patience is key.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city of Toronto is in fire right now. Everyone and anyone with talent is doing a b-line for their dreams thanks to the whole Drake/6side wave. The music scene is getting serious after years of neglect from the American rap scene. We have an outlet and our music, style, and city as a whole is forming its own Identity.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
If you have the passion and unconditional love for your craft just let your drive and talent lead you towards the path to success. And of course invest your last dollar into this. Everything must be high quality work, don’t half ass anything. You never ever know who’s watching the internet.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing hands down that has ever happened to me was meeting Redman. He was on tour in Toronto and happened to be staying in the same hotel. First day I did the show I met him for the first time. The next day I saw him at the entrance and asked him for some bud. He mad humbly brought me on his tour bus and gave me a handful!
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my future and family, I want to have them set for life. This is for more than me and it won’t feel the same if the people I love can’t enjoy it with me.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Anyone can be successful. It’s all about your connections, your talent, your motivation, and your plan!
Where can we find you on social media?
Check out the best mixtape in Toronto out now for free! I am the city’s top 5 dead or Alive and you will now see why.
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