interview + Review
conducted by @lilbossy_elise
Where are you from and how was it growing up there?
I was born and raised in North Tulsa Oklahoma. Turley to be exact a neighborhood notorious for hard drugs and gang violence. Home life was good .We struggled with utilities being disconnected normal shit for that environment but my momma was wonder Woman god bless her soul through out all the turmoil she managed to pay off her home before my senior year!!
How would you describe your music in 3 words?
Which song by an artist other than yourself is your theme music right now?
Victory lap by Nipsey hustle feat Stacey Barth THE MARATHON CONTINUES
Many Rappers have rituals before getting creative in the studio, how do you set the mood before recording?
NO rituals really I go off the vibe no blunt smoke that's my worst enemy when recording lmao
What was the last rap album you actually streamed and why?
Blacc zacc : "trapping like zacc" i streamed his project because i can relate to some of the things he raps about and I love upcoming independent rappers especially from the south
Where did your name J CREWS come from?
First name Jamel last name crews lmao all the way real wit it!!
Can you break down your favorite 4 bars that you ever wrote and tell us the story behind them?
"Luv to c me fall off hate to see me make it
we come out the same hood tell me why you hating
that bullshyt ain't good that aint how they raised us
open up eyes homie are you ain't gone make it"
: p.a.n. from the J Crews Virgo ep
These lyrics stem from a situation were I saw a childhood friend give the cold shoulder as soon as i got serious about my craft and my family life sometime people hate to see you grow if there not growing even the ones closest to you! Keep ya eyes open!
What are your top 5 albums?
Rick Ross: port of Miami
Ugk: underground kings
Jadakiss: kiss the game goodbye
Jay z: the blue print 1
50 cent:get rich or die trying
Thank you for accepting our interview, do you have any new projects we should look out for?
Yes I do, 2 new singles one feat classik musik ant the the other features PG two talented singers out of Dallas Tx I am also dropping "heart of a hustler" in March 2020 And check out my latest project VIRGO
Can you tell us what you consider to be essential attributes to make a rapper GREAT? Lyrics, delivery etc. we would love to know what your take on that is?
Delivery may be most important it's not what you say but how you say it. The beat has to have that vibe. And as a rapper you gotta be authentic what ever you rap about people have to see it in you or on you when they take there first glance perception is every thing,sadly these days lyrics come last SMH.
Who are your top 5 rappers DOA?
Lil tunchi (lil wayne)
What are your thoughts on the current NFL deal with Jay- Z controversy?
I feel that Jay z will make good of this agreement. I think people forget about roc nation as a sports agency, they represent a lot of players I believe with this new agreement the players and there demands will be heard and met but it will take time it's not gonna happen over night
Do you have any words for up and coming artists getting into the music business?
Have money have heart and grind smart lotta scams out here!
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compiled by @lilbossy_elise
Rick Ross firmly took his place as a Miami legend, and laid the groundwork for one of the greatest dynasties in modern rap in the process, with the release of his seminal, platinum-selling, number one-charting debut album, 'Port Of Miami'.
Now, nine albums later, he’s back where it all began, and after a lengthy wait we’re finally able to listen to what he’s been putting together for album number ten: 'Port Of Miami 2'.
Dropping one day after the 13th anniversary of the original, over 15 tracks Rozay works with a whole host of talented artists, old and new, including: Gunplay, Summer Walker, Dej Loaf, Jeezy, YFN Lucci, Ball Greezy, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and Denzel Curry.
His right hand MMG lieutenant Meek Mill is also featured on 'Bogus Charms' while previously released singles such as the customary hype track 'Act A Fool' featuring Wale (which is guaranteed to go off at festivals next year) and 'BIG TYME' featuring the iconic ad libs of Swizz Beatz, are not left on the cutting room floor.
It’s a well-known hip-hop fact that Drake and Rick Ross have undeniable musical chemistry having created countless hits together ('Stay Schemin’, 'Diced Pineapples', 'Aston Martin Music'), and they can add another one to their collection with their second song of the summer and early album highlight 'Gold Roses' which originally dropped as a single, too.
The late, great, Nipsey Hussle also makes a posthumous appearance on the album alongside Teyana Taylor on 'Rich Nigga Lifestyle' giving a verse that is that much more poignant after the rappers untimely passing.
'Port Of Miami 2' shows Renzel with his pen at his sharpest, his beats at their grandest and his coveted guest verse spots at their most impactful. Over a decade at the top of the rap mountain has seen the MMG icon have his ups and downs, (including his most recent low which saw him having seizures which he talks about on 'Vegas Residency').
But on what is his tenth studio album, he proves why he’s achieved such longevity in the fickle game that is rap. Tracks such as 'Turnpike Ike' showcase the four-time Grammy nominee at his very best, while his willingness to delve into topics outside of his luxurious lifestyle add a depth and gravitas to the record that make it a worthy successor to the original thirteen years on. 8/10
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