Finally Found

July 20, 2014 - Leave a Response

I know it’s been awhile since it dropped, but I looked up and realized I never did a post for the release of my latest mixtape The Found Tape. For those who never knew, I was heavily influenced by the 90s New York sound when I got interested in hip hop, particularly Nas and Wu-Tang Clan. So it was only right after receiving a lot of comparisons to Nas that I would pay homage on a project that utilized different beats across his wide body of material. I actually had fun making the tape… Never really felt like working at any point. Only feature on the whole thing outside of pre-recorded samples was my Nightbreed Entertainment label-mate, CG on 2 cuts. But lots of positive reviews from people who have heard it, haven’t heard anything bad even to this day. Read the full bio and download it here:

http://www.nightbreedent.com/discography/the-found-tapes

~J

Boycotting in 2014

June 30, 2014 - Leave a Response

Good morning to y’all. Let’s get this out the way… No I didn’t watch the BET Awards. No I don’t watch awards shows. “Why? Are you a hater?” – No. I show support where it’s needed. Those ppl you all tuned into to see don’t need any more glamorization and pedestal placement than they already got. Question: did you know Tech N9ne made the Forbes list? “Who is Tech N9ne”- The #1 independent hip hop artist in the country. Why don’t the BET Awards ever acknowledge the indies or more specifically a indie artist who is more successful than some major mainstream artists? Answer: Because they don’t want you to know that you can do this without a major label… They want you to keep thinking you need the majors and damn near ransom your soul to get there. That way you keep feeding into the system…. But y’all go head and do that. I don’t judge. This is still America. Just know that because this is America, that means it’s built on corruption.

I purposely left the last line off the identical post on FaceBook.

~J

3rd Year Pro

June 15, 2014 - Leave a Response

So today is Father’s Day again!!! This is my 3rd time in the “daddy position” after being the “son” for most of my life. I can honestly say being a daddy is tough sometimes, but in general very fulfilling and rewarding in a multitude of ways. Watching my oldest son JR interact with the educational TV shows, pick his own food at the restaurant, and strap himself into the car seat at age 2 is always a “proud parent moment”. And I can always count on James’ big happy-faced grin to bring me joy and give me that lil confirmation that it’s all God’s will. I can’t wait to share all these father-son moments with Julius (new baby) when he arrives. I’ll leave y’all with some pics of the lil youngins on the way out lol….

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~J

Generation Eye

June 9, 2014 - Leave a Response

So I was reading an article Saturday night about the different eras of the NBA… Back in the 60s, play was really slow compared to today’s game, and defense was more of a priority. As they invented the shot clock to keep the games from getting to boring, time management became more important. Then when they added the 3-point line, accuracy was highly desired (up to that point having tough forwards and bruising centers was key) and guards with perimeter shooting capabilities were sought after. When the ABA finally merged with the NBA, a lot of the “street ball” elements like dunking and posterizing people and flashy run-and-gun styles were on display nightly on TV game broadcasts. Fast fwd about 30 years and it looks like they may have to upgrade the “50 Greatest Players” list to “100”, that’s how many superstar or game changing players have came and went.

As I look back on my life, I realize that I was born the same year the arguable greatest basketball player of all time was drafted. The 1984 draft class also spat out Hakeem Olajuwon (1st pick that year), John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Kevin Willis, and Jerome Kersey. Then I actually watched the ’96 draft with Allen Iverson (1st pick that year), Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ray Allen, a young and unheard of Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Steve Nash, Jermaine O’Neal, Derek Fisher, Peja Stojakovic, and Ben Wallace (undrafted but came out of college that year). Then in 2003, Lebron (1st pick), Wade, Carmelo, Chris Bosh, TJ Ford and David West got drafted and that was considered one of the best draft classes of all time. So I have witnessed 3 of arguably the best NBA draft classes of all time, each one kick-starting a new era each time. Not to mention some of the other drafts with players like Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Stephen Curry… Too many to name.

Many are saying this 2014 NBA Draft is going to be another deep talent pooled class again, so are we going to witness the kickoff of the next generation with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid expected to be superstars along with many others expected to come in and make an immediate impact?? The draft is June 26th at 7 pm, make sure you tune in!!!

~J

Parent Hood

June 1, 2014 - Leave a Response

So yesterday, me and my boy Santos Dark One were doing a radio interview with the homie Bishop Twan, and one of the discussion points was about how kids can go down the wrong path in life and end up engulfed in violence and negativity. At that point, I snapped out of music-mode and went into daddy-mode, and I was reminded of how much I am blessed to have 2 very disciplined, intelligent young boys to raise and teach how to grow into men. Then I thought about what makes a good parent…. Dedication would be top of my list.

With so many day-to-day distractions in life, work, bills, personal wants and needs, I still don’t see how raising your kids becomes lost in the shuffle for some people, but I do see how it’s easy to feel a sense of assurance where your kids are concerned that all of THEIR needs have been met. I’m guilty of it too… That Nick Jr. goes on and it’s not like they need my attention or anything. I mean this iPhone… Wow. But in all seriousness, kids need a lot more than we sometimes realize. Especially in the adolescent years.

That’s where the free Will gene kicks into full effect. Sneaking around behind your back, “experimenting”, peer pressure, identity crises, etc. This is the home stretch. Almost to adult Hood. Not the time to wanna get lazy. Teenagers nowadays have guns… Not talking about the ones on the video game. Yes, there is a greater risk today of you burying your child instead of vice versa. What makes it worse is that the outlets that used to be in place for kids when they weren’t in school like after school programs, athletic programs, and most importantly the schools, are being shut down, with the funding being allocated elsewhere. It’s a trap. The people in control of these areas of development and socialization need to be pressured into restoring/preserving these for our kids’ futures in order to help curb some of this youth aggression. Volunteering at your local boys & girls club or YMCA is another way to give back to our youth.

All in all, the root of this is being a proactive and dedicated parent. Don’t settle for mediocrity with these kids. There’s no reason why a student athlete getting a 2.0 should be considered acceptable… That translates to saying “Its ok to be average.” My 2 year old son knows the difference between an eagle and a penguin… An eagle soars high above every other bird on earth and a penguin is just ice cold. Let’s not encourage our youth to need to be apart of the crowd, but to strive to excel in everything they do.

One more thing: RIP Maya Angelou. Poet, civil rights activist, inspirational speaker.

~J

King Toot Un- Common

May 26, 2014 - Leave a Response

The video for the Sunset Terr song “King Tut” from the double disc-album Sunrize:

 

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So this video honestly wasn’t the most creative thing I ever did, but I had fun with it (as evidenced by dressing like the modern-day Jesus). Shoutout to Larry J. King for the added inspiration. In looking back almost a year after the shoot, I can say without a doubt, this was the turning point in my artistry in terms of image and representation. I see a lot of uninspired videos or visuals that lack any real “creative muscle”, only serving as another platform to present a song that the artist themself picked as a “hot single”, bouncing around with no shirt on in front of a camera, walking around in the city, a bunch of guys in a house holding guns…. Real good stuff.  I decided that I wanted to represent something a lot more heroic and attainable than that. But anyways, I hope you all enjoy it and feel free to leave comments below.

 

The album “Sunrize” is out on Itunes, CDBaby, and Amazon.com, search: Sunset Terr

 

~J

Hello. Me Again…

May 18, 2014 - Leave a Response

So this is the 1st post back in a couple years now. A lot has changed for me both personally and professionally. I’m a father now x3… I remember back when I was struggling to have #1 lol. God is great. God also told me in order to be a better dad, it was time to scale back on the things that weren’t tattooed on my heart… Like radio. Loved doing it, but between that or music, I was put here for music. Soul searching sometimes leads you on journeys deep into your inner self that reveal things you may not have been aware of before. I love all things music-related, and I love Ebony Brinson for the opportunity to enlighten myself as I helped my people grow physically, spiritually and mentally, but not everything you love is your purpose.

 

At some point I realized that you have to strive to be the VERY BEST you you can be, and other things might look and seem like they bring forth successes, but those are not life-long journeys or successes, only interim, seasonal success. At one point, I felt like I was being led away from music altogether in favor of a more “traditional” life as a full-time working dad in a nice suburban home with LITERALLY a white picket…. ok it’s not a white picket fence, but still…. Perfect utopia. Go to church every Sunday with my wife and kids, tithe. Come home, family time, football in the fall. I’ll just slowly sell off this iMac and equipment, move on. Simplicity. Only problem is, I’m not “traditional”. I walk around with bars in my head 24/7. See, I just made a hook right there… “24/7, got bars in my head…” This is me. I play with my kids and love em to death. I play with my wife and it leads to more kids. But when I’m not doing that, I’m empty without an outlet for all these words and ideas. Some people can go to a job and find fulfillment in punching a time clock, working overtime, performing a skill picked up from a trade, answering a phone, making a spreadsheet, etc. That mundane routine stuff. I just can’t. That ONE DAY the boss has a bad day and things roll downhill from there, I’ll be the one to think to myself, “Ok Jay why are you here again? You belong doing something that matters, not getting your ass handed to you for things beyond your control.” Like a reset button goes off.

 

And it’s just as much a curse as it is a gift… Maybe more of a curse. Everybody needs to feel like they’re felt, like they belong to and understood by somebody. So I can’t really find the words to explain how much importance this music thing plays in my life for the average person (or spouse) to really get the point across. But it is what it is. This is me. Some people go to a bar every Friday night and drink their ass off because that’s their pressure relief valve, and if it weren’t there they would be a pressure cooker and eventually explode. But it’s a “necessary evil”, and we all have 1 which makes us uniquely ourselves. This is mine. I get it now.

 

So what does it all mean??? It means I need to blog more (like every Sunday a blog posting will be here for the loyal subscribers who like the wordy posts I couldn’t fit onto Facebook). It means the music, videos, updates, upcoming events, etc. may be posted here, but in the interest that I may have younger audiences reading these, my posts will be largely of the “censored” or mild-natured variety (If you’re interest in uncensorship, go google search the rest of the music content or look up the rest of my links). But to sum it all up, it was a long journey to an end to have a new beginning. Here I come!

 

~J

Sunset Terrorists

December 19, 2012 - Leave a Response

{We not really terrorists, calm down.} The new video for Sunset Terr’s song “Now Who’s Gutter” is now available here:   The video’s been out for a lil while now and it’s making a lil progress. I had a great time shooting it, Big shouts out to LK and Tilden for a energetic song and beat!!! Make sure y’all go out and support the album featuring this song, “A Prelude To Sunset Terr” on CDBaby, Amazon, and Rhapsody

as well as cop the new double-disc album, “Sunrize” out  in stores now!!!

~J

New Adventures Part II

November 28, 2012 - Leave a Response

So after doing my 1st radio interview (link here: Jay Biggz Interview with Diva Ebony B) with my girl Diva Ebony B aka Diva Mary Kay over the summer, I been studying up on the fine art of being a radio personality…. It’s pretty damn hard. You gotta keep the show moving AT ALL TIMES. Anywho, I was enough to have my grind and passion acknowledged by Ebony, so after keeping in touch with her, she was gracious enough to give me a special dedicated day for me to host a show in September… Space Age Jay Day! (link here: Space Age Jay Day on Step Ur Game Up Saturdays)

Funny how God works… I’m an artist, and I love music with my whole heart…. But doing radio gives me the opportunity to make my voice a routine presence in people’s lives. I had a really great time doing the show in September, mostly because I felt that it was the perfect platform to reach out and educate my people (Yeah I’m talkin to y’all) about things that affect them on the daily, but never get really discussed on a public forum or brought to light. My 1st couple of shows involved talking about a hormonal disorder in women known as PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome), which in short can affect a women’s ability to get pregnant, and interviewing an expert on another condition affecting women’s health known as hyperemesis gravidarum. I guess my heart is music, but philanthropy in public speaking is my glass of Rose’, lol. Thankfully, (and much love to her) Ebony B was so pleased with the direction of the show, we came to an agreement that I, alongside her, would be the regular co-host for her weekly Saturday evening show, “Step Ur Game Up Saturdays” on Diva Spot Radio. To be honest, I’m only about a month’s worth of  Saturdays and some change in, but I feel very comfortable in the role… I almost wanna say I know what I wanna do if music aint it for me.  Not to knock other people on internet radio, but the main thing I love about our show is creating a show that is uplifting, educational, spiritual, and yet STILL entertaining, where a lot of the other shows I’ve been on/heard were a lot of filler and/or disorganization and structured more like a DJ running a request-line than a radio show. Ebony and I are very dedicated to the supporting of independent artists (such as myself), but a large part of that commitment is properly preparing ourselves for that day, should we ever make it big… When the whole world is watching, you have to know what to say, when to say it, how to say it, and how the people are gonna react to what you’re saying…. Nothing simple about that. I am very appreciative of this opportunity to pursue the path into radio hosting/journalism, so thanks and love to Ebony and God. Y’all make sure y’all checking out Step Ur Game Up Saturdays every Saturday evening at 8PM EST/ 5 PM PST either on blogtalkradio.com/divaspot or by calling in (347)-850-1521!!! All my shows up to date :

SUGU Saturday 9-23-2012

SUGU Saturday 10-7-2012

SUGU Election Debate Show 10-14-2012

SUGU Presidential Debate Recap Show 10-28-2012

SUGU Saturday Interview with Sunset Terr 11-4-2012

SUGU Saturday with Special Guest @MoneymakinD

SUGU Saturday with Special Guest @HipHop247

SUGU Saturday The TRUE Meaning of Thanksgiving 11-25-2012

 

~J

WTFRUD???…. Campaigning.

November 7, 2012 - Leave a Response

So this election season pitted Obama versus the job-outsourcing, tax paper-hiding, Big Bird laying-off, publicly proud racist, Mitt Romney lmao. Well…. Good thing for America that the incumbent won or we’d all prolley have to move to China to get a job in America.
But enough about that. Here’s my boy Daniel Willams bka Dezal in his latest video installment of his WTFRUD series:

 

Very educational. And of course y’all know the boy Obama got his 4 more years, and the rest is history. WTFRUD Part 3 coming soon, we’ve already started writing it so be ready for it cuz it’s coming!!! Shouts out to Mag Beats too.

 

~J