Jay Aries Releases Debut Album ‘Aries Season’

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Rap­per Jay Aries releases his debut album ‘Aries Sea­son’, hard-hit­ting Hip-Hop that shows his emo­tion, ver­sat­il­ity and vis­ion as an artist. We catch up with Jay Aries to find out more.

Tell us a bit about grow­ing up in El Dor­ado, Arkan­sas. and how that influ­enced the music you make?
Grow­ing up in the East side of El Dor­ado aka Da Pound was fun. I was the neigh­bor­hood kid that was QUIET, bad, and pretty. I always hung with a lot females but and had a lot of male friends as well. El Dor­ado influ­ences the music I make by keep­ing me humble, groun­ded, and down to earth to remem­ber my roots and to nev­er get beside nor out­side myself.

You star­ted writ­ing music at the age 6 – which is incred­ibly young! What ignited this pas­sion for writ­ing and Hip-Hop? 
I would see and hear my older broth­er writ­ing, rap­ping, and singing songs that he wrote every­day. Then he would free­style a lot and I would watch, BET ‘Rap City’ and would always try to be con­fid­ent in my music like those up and com­ing artists and my brother.

Tell us a bit about your debut album ‘Aries Sea­son’? What was the pro­cess behind cre­at­ing it?

Aries Sea­son’ is my 11 track debut mix­tape pro­ject and it shows the embod­i­ment of who I, Jay Aries is as an artist. The pro­cess behind cre­at­ing it was very time con­sum­ing, a lot of hits and misses. I didn’t know why I was cre­at­ing a pro­ject, I just know that I want the world to hear a dif­fer­ent rap­per who is silly, goofy, emo­tion­al, and not too ser­i­ous all of the time.

The album touches on quite a few top­ics such as domest­ic viol­ence, self-con­fid­ence, self esteem, drug usage and love. How import­ant is it for you to use your music as a tool to speak up for the voice­less, or those who maybe struggling? 
It’s import­ant for me to use my music as a tool to speak up because a lot of artists are afraid to speak about per­son­al things, but I’m not. And I wanted the world to know what I was going through while mak­ing the album and so they could get a sense of “I’m not alone, finally someone under­stands me”.

Are there any tracks on the album that are per­son­al favour­ites of yours, or carry a per­son­al meaning? 
IT’S A ME is my favor­ite. It gives me that pretty boy hard boy vibe.

You have col­lab­or­ated with quite a few people, is there any­one you want to shout out that really helped bring the pro­ject to life? 
My man­ager Josh Lee aka Two­TokeS­moke, Last Atlantis, and Boom­er­ang kid.

What else have you got com­ing out?
Mer­chand­ise, skin care line, and more Jay Aries music.


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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.