24: Introduce yourself to everyone that doesn’t already know who you are.
Ja Binx aka “Mr. So Amazin”. Enough said.
24: Briefly describe your history about how you got into the industry and who were some of the artists that inspired you?
I’ve been doing this music thing since I was nine. I linked up with my cousin Doub-X, who just recently passed away on us, and we been knocking out bangers ever since. My Pops did music back in the day. He has a nice little run in it as well so I guess it runs in the blood.
24: How does your sound and style differ from the rest of the up-and-coming rappers?
My style is me. I don’t try to sound like anybody else out there. I stick to my guns and try to put out good music. Like how you can listen to another artist and tell if there from the South or if they are from the West or New York. You can’t do that with me.
24: Recently you’ve been getting a lot exposure from independent and major websites and blogs off the strength of your appearance with French Montana video “Lifestyles Crazy” and numerous mixtapes appearances alongside Max B. How does it feel to be getting recognition for your hard work?
First off I would like to say “Free Max B”. That’s too much talent to be in the situation he’s in right now. How does it feel? It feels good! Because I am in a state (Colorado) that nobody really looks at in the music industry and it just feels good to be able to get exposure the way I am and have everybody embracing my music.
24: How did you go about making these collaborations happen?
It was myself, Shaft G and Doub-X all listening to this mixtape and I can’t remember the name of it but we heard Max B on it and we were like “dude is mad nice! He mad different and at the time, we were looking for somebody to do a track with. We hit him up and it was a wrap after that. We flew to New York, recorded the track with Max called “I Ain’t Ready To Go”. Next thing you know, French [Montana] walked in and was like “that track fire” and asked if we had more beats. I got another track with did with French besides “Lifestyle’s Crazy” and it will be on the next mixtape.
24: What was your inspiration for the single ”Lifestyles Crazy” and why do you feel it’s being so well received by fans?
Honestly, that’s how I was feeling at the time. We’re making major moves independently and we got a lot of people that feel our music and a lot of people that hate just for the sake of hating. I tell them hate = success so continue to hate. I think that it’s being received so well because real recognize real and they can relate. Honestly, if somebody can’t relate to what your saying, what’s the point in listening to what you have to say?
24: Tell us about the mixtape you’ve working on and what can the fans except from this project?
I got a lineup of straight heat 1 – 15. This mixtape I’m working is gonna had mad originality and swag. No skits! Haha I hate when you buy a CD and there’s 20 songs on there and 10 of them are skits and out of those 10 that are actually songs, only three of them are hot! I be feeling robbed sometimes.
Who have you been working with on the project as far as collaborations and production?
You know I got French Montana on there, he shows mad love. I got my guy Hollywood Fergie aka The Messiah, That’s my G right there and I got the F.A.M. Records representaz on there; Shaft G and Doub-X. Gotta keep the wave going for my fam. On the production side, I got the super producer Scorp Dezel, He’s the one behind a lot of these major artists beats; He produced tracks like Twista and Lloyd’s “Bad Girl” to Yung Joc’s new single “Yea Boy” and Young Buck’s G-Unit diss “T.O.S”. The list goes on. I also got my fam ATL, he’s another up-and-coming producer making them hits in the lab. He mad nice with it too. Like I said, we gotta keep this moving.
24: Can you give us an estimation of a time period on when that album will (grace the shelves/available for download)?
Right now we’re looking at in about 3 weeks. Since we in the internet era, It’ll be up so the fans can download it.
24: What’s a recording session like for you? Do you write all your raps or do you do a bit of freestyling?
A session for me is two blunts before I get in the booth and about three when I get out (laughs). I write a lot of my music before I even hear the beat but there is sometimes I feel like goin’ off the top. I gotta stay a weel-rounded MC and that means right off the brain to rocking shows to writing bars, etc.
24: When you put a mixtape or EP up for free download, does it bother you at all that you’re giving out the music for free or do you look at that as something that you have to do at this point in your career?
Nah it don’t bother me because I am still eating in the streets, regardless I’ma street nigga and will always find a way to make ends meat. I just put shit up for free because I want my music to be heard. I got CD’s in stores and all that. I just feel like I’m delivering good music in a recession to where a majority of people can’t afford to pay $10-15 dollars for a CD. I have other ways to make money in this music game shit. I got beats for sale, I do features fro niggaz and I do shows. This music game is a stepping stone for me. F.A.M. Records is a business and I am a business man so regardless we gonna stay on that grind ya feel me?
24: Do you enjoy the social networking aspect of the game or do you look at it like it’s something you have to do?
Honestly, I think if your not a made man like Diddy, Jigga and 50 Cent, social networking is something everybody has to do. Just my opinion
24: How do you feel about the current state of music in general?
I honestly think the current state of music is taking a turn in a direction nobody was ready for and it’s up to the artist to adapt and overcome. Nothing lasts forever. I just don’t like it when a O.G. in the game comes at the soldiers that’s putting in work on some “son” shit and I also don’t like it when the new niggaz say “Fuck Old-School Hip-hop”. If it wasn’t for the O.G’s in the game, there wouldn’t be new niggaz. I respect both sides but you gotta give credit where credit is due. I listen to more old school than anything though so I think that’s where it went beast mode because that was the battle era when a nigga had to be nice with the lyrics for anybody to fuck with him. Just my opinion…
In today’s free download age, what do you need that you don’t have to make yourself a household name?
Since I am riding no one’s coat-tails in the game, we did this all on our own. I have everything I need to get to that next level. All I gotta do is stay at it. I have a strong support unit that grinds 24/7 and soon everybody will be rocking with the nigga Ja Binx (laughs).
24: What other projects do you currently have in the works?
I have the mixtape “Move In Silence” on the way. I’m pretty much done with it, just doing a little more perfecting because I’m a perfectionist. Quality is the key. You can’t have mad songs that sound like trash. Ain’t nobody gonna rock with you.
24: Where can the fans go to see more of Ja Binx?
Hit me up on Myspace at www.myspace.com/famrecordsjabinx and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ja.binx1.
You can also see a nigga on WORLDSTARHIPHOP.COM, YOUTUBE.COM, DATPIFF.COM, THATCRACK.COM, FEDSTV.COM, HIPHOPLEAD.COM, and a lot more sites. Shit is crazy! We got the internet boomin! (Laughs).
24: Thank you for providing 24hourhiphop.com with this exclusive interview, do you have anybody you would like to shout-out?
Shit I thought you’d never ask! First I wanna start by thanking God for me still breathing and giving me the gift of gab, R.I.P. Doub-X, I love you family. Shaft G, the “G” is for genius baby! We loopy! My biggest fan and little cousin Buddah G, my pops Cap Mellow Rap (laughs). The O.G. Freddie Foxxx aka Bumpy Knuckles, the nigga Max B, we praying for you my nigga. My guy Hollywood Fergie, French Montana, Scorp Dezel the super producer and my nigga ATL. Lastly, to my nigga Breeze, my nigga doin’ his thang! Shout out to 24hourhiphop for me. B.O.S.