One of the most conscientious rappers in the UK, Jay-D breaks new ground with his latest album ‘Before I Rise.’ While many rappers use their albums to describe a lifestyle which they live in their dreams, Jay-D’s latest release discusses real issues he has faced over smooth, melodic beats which feature impressive sampling. This album is as profound as it is radio-friendly.
Jay-D has spent many years honing his craft and demonstrates his immense talent on this album. Tracks such as ‘Losing My Mind’ contain profound lyrics such as ‘if my reflection is the villain, who’s the hero.’ He directly addresses difficulties with mental health, a subject which is unfortunately as overlooked as much as it is suffered in society. Jokerr collaboration ‘Still Here’ discusses Jay-D’s struggles as he coped with relationship difficulties and bereavement at the same time, while ‘Remember Me’ discusses his rap success, created through sheer graft and determination. The astonishing and uncompromisingly honest assessment of his life which Jay-D offers on this album is relatable as it is imperfect, with high and low points, like everyday life. There is no glamorous veneer or exaggeration here. Everything is real. Jay-D covers topics that nobody else is willing to cover.
Where are you from? Cambridge UK
When did you start making music? 2011
How do you describe your music? Emotion. Sometimes it’s sad, sometimes it’s violent but always full of passion
Who is your biggest musical inspiration? I don’t really have a biggest one
What is your producing software? Fl studio
What other things do you do besides making music? Play video games and writing a script for a horror/comedy show
Favorite moment from your career?
When Talib Kweli followed me on Twitter was a big wow moment i grew up on his music
What is your favorite track of all time? Penny
Why did you start making music? Always wanted to do music as always had something to say.
What are your goals for the future? Hopefully going on tour with my band KEEPERS OF THE WICKED
What advice can you give for the young music producers/DJs?
Please write a message to your fans: Yo, it’s ya boy Jay-D love ya’ll support. Stay with me cause I got big plans for 2020 ya herd!!