Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you’ve released so far and other interesting stuff you think our readers would like to know!
I’m JD, I’m a Hip Hop artist from Derby I’ve been in the game for a few years now. I’ve put out a few mix tapes over the years across Nottingham and Derby, working on many projects across the East Midlands for a variety of good causes. I was schooled by a childhood on the streets of Derby and my catalogue is my escape from the road life.
So how long have you been making music and what or who got you into music?
That’s a tricky question. I’ve been writing since I was about 8 in some shape or form, but I didn’t pick the mic up til 10 years ago age 15. I guess I needed to voice my frustrations about the hand life delt me. Don’t get me wrong I know plenty of people in worse situations. However, the racism I suffered in my area along with the mistreatment from the law and school teachers sent me down a dark path. Then, as many of us do, I discovered 2pac. This woke my ass up early and it was on from there.
What was the first record you ever brought?
I couldn’t tell you to be truthful, but the 1st Hip Hop record I purchased was “me against the world”
So why do you rap and what’s your main motivation and inspiration?
Like I said earlier, childhood wasn’t easy for me. It left me with many unanswered questions. As I got older I answered many of those questions when I came to grips with the injustices we as the people face in society. I rap to change these issues and make this world a better place for the next generation. Call me a hippy haha but fa real this shit means a lot to me so it’s blessed.
How would you briefly describe your latest release to a first time listener?
The Truth! The blueprint for societie’s Transformation. With features from legends like Stic man of Dead Prez and Genesis Elijah. This is what the mainstream don’t want. But fuck them. The album is up for free download or name your price. All proceeds will be donated to a charity that feeds and shelters the homeless.
If someone reading this had not heard of you before and only had time to listen to one track of yours which track would you play them and why?
This is a hard question to answer ’cause each track on the album gives a different side to me and all are true. So I wouldn’t want to be judged as an artist from any of them. Play the whole album start to finish and you’ll know who I am.
If you weren’t involved in the music industry what do you reckon you’d be doing instead?
Well… I’ve done that yes-man factory line shit and it ain’t for me. I currently work as a youthworker/Hip-Hop music tutor for Baby J (Baby People) and Global Education where we use Hip Hop to engage with the yutes on how to become an artist and address social issues. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
Do you think the recession will displace bling-era rappers in favour of more well-rounded ones in the mainstream?
No. I hate to say that too. The mainstream pushes that bull shit bling bling shot crack and kill each other and buy the newest sweat shop goodies. And always will because of consumerism. I hope I’m wrong but hey, regardless the underground don’t stop pushing that real talk.
What’s your take and views on Hip-Hop at the moment?
Hip hop, and I mean truth music, voice of the voiceless, positive, empowering Hip hop never died you just gotta know where to look. But as far as the mainstream. . That shit died long ago. I don’t watch that.
What’s been your favourite Hip-Hop release of the year so far?
Genesis Elijah – private moments in public
Success is a very broad word nowadays and it means different things to different people, but what’s your definition of success?
Positive change in the streets. Less oppression in general and more real Hip Hop truth music supporters. If I can pay for a mortgage comfortably, even better.
Do you have a website, if not what’s your other website links?
Before you go tell us something really interesting or funny about yourself that no one knows or might not know!
hahaha I once got dry mouth on stage in front of 5000 + struggled to spit my verse, then got a reload and had to repeat it. Looking back at the video I looked like I was off my head. My mouth was doing some madness trying not to be stuck. Still smashed it though. Of course.
Interview by Scott Patterson