“You gotta listen to that voice, you gotta hear that call, and you gotta follow your heart.”
Check out the interview with Jzade Forte exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jzade Forte: It started around the age of 5 living at my mom’s house with my two cousins. We used to always freestyle and vibe to music together. My mama always wanted us to entertain her and her friends and that’s how I became a performer. I started doing talent shows, birthday parties, when I got old enough, clubs, anything we could find for me to expose myself and eventually what we were doing created a buzz.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Go For It. I’ve had the same dream all my life and it was a vision given to me from a higher power at a young age. I’m determined to fulfill a purpose. You gotta listen to that voice, you gotta hear that call, and you gotta follow your heart. Don’t try to be the next Drake or the next Beyonce, be the next you. Let the universe guide you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My soul and my spirit is just different and that’s a truth that reflects in my music as well. I’m not just a rapper or a singer, or a pop artist. I’m all of that. I don’t want to be in a box. Every day I pray to remain humble and stay grounded and true throughout my entire career. The music industry is a crazy hard industry and you’re dealing with all types of energies. That’s challenging.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Get out there ya know. You have to do shows and promote other places. Every move counts, it should lead to the next one. My mom always told me people need to see your face. I think that’s the best way. All of my followers haven’t been from Little Rock or even Arkansas. The fans that keep coming back are people I met doing shows in places like Atlanta and Texas. After shows I don’t celebrity off to my hotel at the end, my team and I are the last to leave every time.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
A lot of the artists there are naive to the fact that unity is more lucrative in this business than separation. If the right people got together and start showing more love, I know it would make the community support. We’ve never been able to do that. We don’t even have a radio station that puts local artists in rotation. We have the potential to be just as popping as Atlanta but they limit us.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself doing features with everybody rapping, singing, just marking tracks with my voice. Realistically, financially free enough to take care of myself and my family. Established. Possibly dropping a highly anticipated album and hopefully by then I would have met some of my idols or collaborated with them in some way. For the most part I just see myself happy doing what I love and complacent with my position in life where I’m able to help others.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My house was so lively growing up and my family as well. I was raised by a village so everybody’s taste in music was similar, but different and at some point listened to all of them. Right now I’ve been woodshedding so much I hardly get to turn on other artists of today, but a lot of my childhood artists are putting out projects and I still look up to the same people like Drake, Kanye, Rihanna, T.I., etc. I’m really excited for Kendrick and Chance tha Rapper.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t really listen to it. It’s not what I grew up on. A lot of it I can’t really understand or relate to, but I respect everybody’s hustle. It’s a nice sound but it’s becoming repetitive I feel like the music industry could use more innovators right now. I like the songs that move my spirit and my vibe depending on how I’m feeling at the time.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.itsjustjza.com