Indiana based rapper Ja Mic releases his brand new album ‘Existential’. We catch up with him to discuss Hip-Hop, the industry and future plans,
What or who got you into Hip-Hop, and when did you first realise you could rap?
A shout out to my guy El Dorado and another buddy of mind in school. Seeing my buddy do his thing free styling and participating with got me initially started but my brother EL really motivated me with his style of writing and gave me the urge to excel and get in depth with metaphors and rhyme scheme and having fun of expressing myself. Eminem’s first 2 albums of story telling with rhyme schemes and metaphors was another big factor that inspired me with creativity. I can’t remember per say when I could rap, cause I couldn’t rap at the beginning (lol) but always been a poet and creative writer. Music runs in my blood and family. (Hi Lesley).
You have been a part of the Hip-Hop scene for over 20 years, how have you seen it change over the years?
As technology became more rampant I’ve seen an oversimplification process evolve the scene. Some catchy and unique some detrimental as far as mumble rap scene took hold. I love the fact that being heard became easier and distributing your music with social media and distribution. A negative to that is it became a little tougher to make money as free mixtape era came in ten years ago. I do like how online has countered that with streams, online sales, and ads.
Tell us about your new album Existential? What themes do you cover in it?
Well it’s meaning is all about coming into existence. So I diversified that with some horror/fantasy along with real life scenarios. I do have several political related themes with information warfare along with true life experiences I been through in the past year. I was able to whip this album together in 5 months with all of writing, self production and engineering aspect. So it came together pretty quickly and built off each song with same momentum and themes that led to another.
Have you got a particular track that is a personal favourite of yours from the album? If so, why?
The two songs that hit home for me is “Paradise” and “monsters”. Paradise cause I love, love and I like tropical feel, so I combined those both and is a fun sing along for me. Monsters hits home cause it takes me back to early days and is a big analogy of how I feel I became a beast at what I do. Then the amazing Aleinad, who I reached out to, topped it off with the hook I wrote and blew it away. I want to shout her out, and check out her talent. She’s amazing.
Tell us about the production on the album… how would you define the style?
I would define it as me. I produced all the tracks on the album and wanted a mainstream but modern hip hop feel. As I like to diversify with different genres cause I love all types of music. I would have to define the style as Ja Mic sound. I’m one of kind and incomparable.
What is your writing process?
Once I get a title or an idea for a song I think of several different themes that pertains to the title. As I build on top I like to use complex rhyme schemes or metaphors to intertwine with it and build a story as I go. I put a lot of thought and time into each verse or chorus I craft as I am a perfectionist. If I’m not happy I scrap or redo it.
What other music or collabs are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m focused on the promotion of this album. I put a ton of time and effort into this within the 5 months of creating, recording, and mixing I am stepping away from the creative process to get a break in. However, I am looking to do some work with Yung Shade, possibly some producing with El Dorado, and I had such fun with what was created with Aleinad that I would love to do more work with her. But these aren’t set in stone. Am open to do features or work with new artists who reach out.
Where can we follow your music?
Ja Mic on Facebook. Jamic_ent on IG. Also I have lots of material on SoundCloud. And of course cop any music on all major digital download platforms. I’m a deep intellect who can discuss the world, logic, love and love to chat it up with anyone. If anyone of the fans or artists out there want a collab reach out. If you’re a big fan and just want to talk I love putting time aside to do that. I want to thank I Am Hip Hop for having me and giving me a platform for my music, ideas, and thought processing. Much love.
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