24: Introduce yourself to everyone that doesn’t already know who you are.
JKing: My name is Jking. I’m an artist originally from Boston, now located in Vermont. I am the co=founder of my crew TGF which stands for The Good Fellas. Our goal is to make a difference in the world.
24: Before we get into your music, can you describe your history about. How you got into music and what inspired you?
Jking: Music has always been in my family. My father and uncles always played music. Growing up in the city, I picked up on rap music at a young age. As a kid, I would hear songs and rap to them over and over until eventually I had my own version. This really helped me develop the skill of rapping and flow switching.
24: What was the Hip-Hop scene like for you growing up where you’re from?
JKing: In Boston, when I was coming up, the Hip-Hop scene was more underground based. There weren’t many, if any, commercially known Boston rappers at the time. I appreciated this more because it made me see and fall in love with the actual art of rap. It was about the skill, not the commercialization of it. When I relocated to Vermont, there was no Hip-Hop here. The only way to find out about music or anything was through internet. That was a major change.
24: What makes you Unique as an artist and different from other rappers out now?
JKing: I feel like rap needs a new voice. I like alot of rap music that is out now, but the subject content is all the same. I named my last tape “The Revolution” so people would grasp the mind state that I’m in. We’re in a revolutionary era as a generation and music plays a big role in that. I try to bring awareness to everyone with lyrics based on current political and economical situations around the world.
24: Tell us about what you are working on.
JKing: Last week I released my mixtape “The Revolution”. I’ve also put out two videos out and plan to release two more in the near future. The tape I am working on now is entitled “Focus”. I’m looking forward to working with many other rap artist and producers on this tape.
24: What producers have you worked with and who would you like to work with in the future?
JKing: A lot of the producers I have linked up with at this point are people I’m familiar with or have connected with over the internet. Some of the names include Downtown Music, DrummaBox Productions, and YoungSamBeats. In the future, I would love to work with Hit-Boy and Clams casino. They both have a great feel and I think together we could make timeless songs.
24: Are you happy with the feedback you have been getting from people on material you have released?
JKing: I’m very happy with all the feedback I have been getting. In “Refugee” I said some lines about Obama and that really made people react. Positive or negative, it’s making people think on a level that most music nowadays does not. I think any feedback is good. I’m not a person who gets uptight over negative comments. If you are making people comment your doing something right.
24: In today’s free download age, what do you need to do to make yourself a household name?
JKing: I feel like when you’re coming up you need to feed the fans as much music as possible until it gets to the point where they’re dying to hear more. When I reach that state and my buzz is at its highest, that’s when I’ll put out an album and then slowly make the transition from constantly putting it out to slowly putting it out, taking more time to craft the music and the message. So the switch will be from expecting to anticipating.
24: How do you feel about the current state of the Hip-Hop scene?
JKing: I think a lot of the Hip-Hop that’s not mainstream is incredible. The music coming out of New York City right now is really good. It has a nice vibe and also a message tagged along with it. The stuff on the radio, I never really turn into it, because it seems like every song is the same just with a different beat. But I see the change starting and I that I think we’re headed in a new direction.
24: Outside of the music what else are you currently working on?
JKing: Music is my only focus right now. I’m all about getting my message out there.
24: Where do you see yourself going in 2013 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artist out today to get the recognition you feel you deserve?
JKing: I see myself touring and collaborating with other Hip-Hop artists in 2013. I see myself
really promoting my music. I think I’m different, not necessarily better, than other rap musicians
out there because my lyrics are deep. I talk about current events, politics, life experiences
and things that people can relate to. I’m also all about finding unique beats that pull the song
together. I want my songs to have a soul.
24: How can fans go about contacting you?
JKing: My twitter is @Jking_TGF. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
24: Thank you for providing 24HourHipHop with this exclusive interview, do you have any last words for your present and future fans.
JKing: Thanks for all the support and keep your ears open for more.
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