MF: got a chance to kick it with J’You, one of Massachusetts many rising stars.Coming straight out of MurdaMass J’You is a living example that with the right motivation you can take on the world and write great music while doing it. I had the privilege to hear his story and how J’You has come to be.
MF: Let us know who you are for all the people out there that don’t yet.
J’You: “I was born and raised in the Massachusetts area. I grew up listening to 2pac who was very inspirational to me. One of my favorite Pac quotes is, “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” My mother had passed around the age of 12 from cancer and that’s when everything was blown out of place. I started lashing out from anger and dropped out of school and eventually got kicked out of my house. I have been on my own since I was 16 years old. “
MF: What inspired you to start making music?
J’You: “My mother’s strength was the inspiration for me in everything I do, not just music, but everything. Her having the strength to go on as long as she could, gave me the strength to keep the plan going and never give in no matter what the case. The music was a way for me to channel my anger of my mother’s death into something more constructive. Instead of punching holes in walls I started writing music. It became my addiction; once I started I never stopped. “
MF: How long have you been in the game?
J’You: “I started writing at 13 years old around the same time of my mothers passing. I am 25 years old today so I have been in the game for about 12 years. I started recording in my boy’s house and eventually worked my way into studies. “
MF: What shows have you done in these 12 years?
J’You: “I have opened up for Cannabis, Camron, Cormega, EPMD, Keith Murray, Devin the Dude, AZ just to name a few. My favorite show must have been when I opened up for AZ at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. The crowd was like 450 people strong and they were amp up!! I was thinking to myself should I go there and give the audience a shot out to the headliners to get the crowd involved? Then I realized they don’t need any more energy, so I am just going to do me. It was definitely the right choice. “
MF: what can we look forward to in the future from you?
J’You: “Over the past year and a half I have written over 85 songs. Me delivery is ever changing. I can write straight fire on one song and slow it down for a slow jam. One of the fan favorites is “Never had Directions”. The feedback I received from that song was like, “the song is all about you but can relate to everyone”. I am going to launch my first music video “Dominique Wilkins” in about a week from now. I am looking forward to other shows in the future and I will keep you updated on where to find me. “
MF: Any shout outs or anybody you want to thank?
J’You: “I wanted to personally thank Matt Freeman for taking the time and giving me a shout out and the chance to get out my story. If there is anything I could do let me know.”