Where in the world are you located?
I am currently in Baltimore Maryland
What was your favorite past time when you were young?
Honestly, writing poetry was my favorite. I spent so much time in my room growing up because I was always grounded. It had its benefits though.
What was the very first CD you remember acquiring as a kid?
Believe it or not my first CD was Destiny’s Child self-titled debut Album which came out in 1998. I was 8 years old lol but I loved them.
What was the first concert or performance you ever attended?
My first concert ever was a Jill Scott concert back in 2016
My first rap concert was last year 2017 to see J. Cole on his 4 Your Eyez Only tour.
At what age did you begin to take music seriously?
I was 19 years when I finally decided to rap, make beats and shoot videos.
I wanted to be an r&b singer. I never thought about rapping until my mom told me to try it. It came easy because I was already writing poetry. Music is my world and has been since I was 5.
If you had the chance to play one of your pieces to the ENTIRE world, what song would you choose?
IWIHLTG - I Wonder If Heaven Love The Ghetto
Where did you find the inspiration for this particular track and what is the meaning behind the song?
Living in Baltimore isn’t an easy thing. Hell living in any poverty stricken city isn’t easy. During the time of the riots it just felt like we were misunderstood. This song came from a deep place. I always wondered why we as African Americans or as Africans PERIOD suffer. I wrote this to God like damn do you love us at all because here we are constantly stuck in some kind of struggle. I felt like the spokesperson for the hood.
What do you think about the state of the music industry today and how would you like to see it change?
I feel like “hip hop” is in a great place due to Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Logic, and Rapsody. I do not group the lil rappers with hip hop because it doesn’t represent the culture. However, I feel the MUSIC INDUSTRY is shady and has been for years.
I feel the industry lacks creativity and originality. They ask for it But continue to saturate the airwaves with repetitive lyrics and poor song structures. It’s all about revenue and they can care less what we really feel. I also don’t like how there can only be one successful female artist at a time. How the positive role models for young women and children get pushed to the background and never really get a chance to shine fully. I want to see more female artist succeeding and standing together and collaborating. I’m hopeful on that.
What is one issue in the world that you would like to see change in your lifetime?
UNITY....Once unity has been mastered in this world we can tackle anything afterwards. The problem to me is that we don’t know how to stand together as a whole. Once we learn that they are out numbered and fear and doubt no longer exist.....we can conquer the world.
What current projects are buzzing and what future projects do we have to look forward to from you?
Current project that’s buzzing is my album “40 days and 40 nights”.
I am currently working on something. I can’t give it away right now but I’m always working. Right now I just want people to pay attention to “Manifest Sunday’s” each and every Sunday where I drop videos for the people who love bars and who are looking for some inspiration.
Where can we find you on social media?
Jae The Lyoness on all platforms
Is there anything else you would like the world to know about you?
I am light
I am love
I am God
I am human
I am inspirational
I am positive
I am free
The reason I put “I AM” in front of everything is because it is important to view yourself in a positive way. Set YOUR intentions. Know who you are and never let others define you. This is me unapologetically honest and real.