“I’m from Rapid City, SD and a Lakota Sioux native of Pine Ridge. I represent all the natives and all the lost souls. The ones who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.”
Check out the interview with Jot Scripts exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jot Scripts: it all started in high school freestyling on the bus and rap battling people for fun. I started by playing the trumpet for many years in my early life. I started rapping after high school in 2004 when I began facing many of life’s struggles. I got my foot in the door when I signed with Culture Shock Original Records in 2014.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay sober. Trust me, drugs and alcohol just hinder your chances of being successful. Stay focused and keep the hope because it’s in God’s hands as far as where he will take you. Deliver a message that really touches people’s lives. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box and be different. That’s what makes an artist unique.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the hardest challenges are keeping my faith in this cold ass game. I’m a Christian, but I’m far from perfect. I do not attempt to rap like I’m perfect or even worthy of the glory of God. I just keep my faith and my loyalty as best as I can. I take one day at a time.
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 is the best way. Also just dedicating as much time as you can to reaching out to new people. It’s very difficult and hard to get people’s attention though. Even on social media because everyone else is doing the exact same thing. In all reality, it’s performing and getting the word out there to people that’s the best way to get new fans.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Rapid City, SD and a Lakota Sioux native of Pine Ridge. I represent all the natives and all the lost souls. The ones who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. The ones who have no hope. Those are my people and I will forever be loyal. I represent the street people because they fight the real battle every day.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself still struggling spiritually. I’m all about the spirit. I’m not about this world. I fight a battle daily for my faith. I’m about helping as many people as I can see the light. I’m not about money, but I do like to dress nice because I never had that growing up. I see myself in college and having my new album Courage completed.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Eminem was my biggest inspiration lyrically, he’s the best hands down. I also follow MGK and Hopsin. I dig their styles as well. Anything lyrical and hip hop I’m down with. I bring a little mainstream as well. I look up to God in the end.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like the underground, anything catchy and real. You can still be mainstream and real. A lot of people don’t even make it passed the beat and hook. Be real as shit and I respect you. If the message is positive or about overcoming or just has that message in general, I’m down with it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Joshua Chappelle Evans | jotscripts43