New York artist, Jae Hall has a story to tell. At the age of 9, he was almost killed by a drunk driver, but managed to survive, thanks to an innocent civilian that saved Jae and lost his life.
He has a knack for finding his own voice in his lyrics and impacting his listeners. It’s really refreshing to have someone like that industry, a person who wants to share their story.
We got the opportunity to speak to Jae and hear about his passion for music.
Q: How did you get into music?
A: My uncle did a lot of work for Madonna and the ‘Scream’ remix among other things. So, I’ve been around the studio since I was nine years old. I always saw what he was able to do and accomplish with his talent.
Q: Why rap music?
A: My older brother was superman to me and he would come home with the first DMX album, and he would study it. I was right there next to him. That’s what threw me into the culture. That’s what made me fall in love with it.
Q: Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
A: I’m definitely inspired by Kanye. I think Kanye is close to Michael Jackson today. He definitely pushed me in the studio to make sure that I’m being as creative, assertive and meticulous as I can be. I’m a big fan of DMX. I would be falling asleep to his albums. Of course, Jay Z.
Q: How has being in New York City influenced you as an artist?
A: It definitely taught me to see every situation for what it is, and not what you think it is. Also, being in New York City taught me not to judge a book by it’s cover. And, you know, New York City is kind of weird because you can be on the train doing just that. So, it definitely humbles you and makes you realize you can’y judge everything by what you see.
Q: How do you think your music is going to influence the rap music scene?
A: I think time will tell. My goal is try to go through every day and make something that can affect the person who hears it. I want it to help them get through their day. As the culture shifts, I want to shift it in their direction and make an impact. My main goal is to affect the person who’s listening to it.
Q: What do you think your greatest music accolade has been thus far?
A: Well, I’ve been writing since I was nine and I’ve been recording in the studio since I was fifteen. My mother didn’t know I was taking music seriously. So, the first time she heard me make music and rap, she saw me on TV. It was on MTV. So, to me, that is the biggest thing I have done so far is not just tell my mother what I’m doing, but show her. I want to show my mother my talent the way she saw it on TV.
Q: What kind of advice would you give to new and upcoming rappers?
A: I think it’s cliche, what I’m about to say, but do what you want to do. Don’t feel like you have to cater to the landscape of music that exists today. Your current condition isn’t your current conclusion. Don’t ever think because you’re from here, or from there, you have to sound a certain way. Push the boundaries. Be as creative as you want to be. You are the first you.
Q: What is one interesting fact about you that nobody would know?
A: Haha. My favorite movie is ‘Hitch.’
Check out Jae Hall’s popping new track ‘200 a week’ below.