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“I Am” Says Armel

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By Dossier Cypher

Since the last time we  interviewed him on Dossier Magazine for my premier music video “Somewhere In America Freestyle”, many things changed. He now have attained management under Emmanuel Gustave; Former INBA Olympia champion out of Ottawa. He has also acquired a full team of artists from all over Ontario working as one unit under the name “The Movement” in order to make their dream a reality.

The Movement is a brand name that properly represents the vision of success that many modern day adolescents refrain from pursuing. “The Movement” defines the dreams that they all held to, regardless of counter opinions that may have arose. They are in its entirety a team of young educated Canadian artists, all from different walks of life, here to spread a message of consciousness in their pursuit of happiness.

Their current means of production is through Hip Hop, Media, and fashion. On the Hip Hop side, they withhold a well-respected local young artist, by the name of Armel, and a talented producer named Kenardo “Nardo” Mclean. Also within their roster they have a promising DJ from Mississauga, by the name of KB. Starting in small parties, KB is now a member of “Music Unlimited DJ Services” making his talent known through “The Movement”. On the fashion aspect of things they have 2 aspiring designers and stylists, Malcolm “Mute” and Zoravar “Maserati”.

Mute and Maserati are experienced in the attainment of high fashion, often getting the attention of professional artists for fashion means. Mute and Maserati are also the designers of the trademark “The Movement” baseball jerseys. On the media side of things they have CJ (Phreshi), who is our network coordinator and last but not the least we also have the pleasure of acquiring a very talented photographer by the name of Siamak. Equipped with top equipment for the job Siamak gives a professional look to The Movement and through The Movement branches out into his own inquiry.

With the launch of “The Movement” He (Armel) has launched an introductory song on soundcloud titled “I AM” that is receiving nothing but the greatest of reviews.

You can find his new song on the link below.

I AM-  https://soundcloud.com/theonlyarmel-1/i-am

Successful Stars Who Made it Despite Rejection

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They were told they couldn’t make it or the world was not ready for their ideas. But they didn’t give up and they kept on pushing until they made it, big. The joke now lies in those who rejected them and are now wondering in the ‘what-if?’ Here are some of those notable successes:

Oprah Winfrey

One of the richest and most successful people in world, the queen of talk shows didn’t enjoy an easy life; from having an abusive childhood, to having her baby die shortly after birth, she has experienced it all. Adding insult to injury, she was rejected for the first news anchor position she applied for because she was African-American and overweight. Now, she has a net worth of $2.9Billion.

Stephen King

He threw his manuscript, Carrie, in the garbage because he was tired of the rejections. In fact, he gave up posting his rejection slips on the bulletin board above his computer once they were too thick for a pin. But his wife, Tabitha ‘Tabby’ King, fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest as they say is history. Now King is one of the bestselling authors of all time with his scripts converted to high grossing movies.

J K Rowling

The author of Harry Potter (which was then made to a movie sequel, grossing $7.7billion), whose net worth as of 2013 was $1Billion, did not have an easy life. Her rise to riches was not an overnight experience.

Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter. Add the fact that 12 publishers rejected the manuscript. However, one gave her the nod but suggested that she gets a part time job.

Stephen Spielberg

The established and seasoned filmmaker synonymous with massive movie budgets applied and was turned down two times at the prestigious University of Southern California film school. Instead, he went to Cal State University in Long Beach.

He went on to direct some of the biggest movie blockbusters in history. Now he’s worth $2.7 billion and in 1994, he got an honorary degree from the film school that rejected him twice.

John Grisham

The famous American author had a knack for writing bolstered by his legal expertise. However, his first book, Time to Kill, took three years to write. The book was rejected 28 times before getting the nod for 5,000 copies. He’s now sold more than 250 million copies of his books.

Clint Eastwood

The prominent film director and veteran actor was told that he would never be a movie star because his Adam’s apple was too big. With a plethora of awards including Academy Award for Best Director on two separate, his illustrious career has spanned over 50 years, and he has starred in more than 60 movies; a feat that has been achieved by few.

Jay Z  

Jay-Z was  rejected for recording deal. He is one of the wealthiest showbiz entrepreneurs with a net worth of $500Million.However, before the riches and during the multi Grammy award winner’s early musical career, no major music label gave him a recording a deal; something that resulted in him selling his CDs out of his car.

Michael Jordan

He is arguably the greatest basketball player of all times. But before his exposure to the pros, Jordan was kicked off his high school basketball team. This setback didn’t prevent the 6’6 foot tall from winning the NBA champion six times, Most Valuable Player (MVP) five times, NBA All Star Game MVP three times and All NBA First Team ten times among other recognitions.

The Beatles

It was rumoured that The Beatles were popular than Jesus Christ at one time in particular regions of the world. Taking into consideration their tours and widely loved hits of long gone. But what’s notable is that the group hadn’t an easy time.

Many record labels did not want to sign them. The rejections piled up in huge numbers and at an alarming rate. Heck a record label famously rejected them by saying, “we don’t like their music and guitar music is on the way out” The world indeed prove this label wrong.

Kanye West: “I am the Next Nelson Mandela”

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West is quite the controversial rapper and he was recently put under fire for claiming that he will soon be a bigger cultural and civil rights icon than Nelson Mandela. In an interview with WGCI radio in Chicago, the notoriously self-promoting rapper said that the death of the 95-year-old South African leader will finally allow people to focus more of their attention on West’s own accomplishments.

“I am the next Nelson Mandela,” West responded. “I’m only 36 years old, and when I look at everything I’ve accomplished, it’s the only comparison that makes any sense. By the time I’m 95, I’m going to be a bigger hero than he ever was. “Nelson Mandela did a lot of good work, don’t get me wrong.

But I think I’m on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever. “Not to say Mandela wasn’t for real. I have mad respect. I just think we need to keep things in perspective here. Anyone can be replaced. And I think I’m well on my way towards being the next great black leader. I’m already worshiped around the world. And there’s more to come.”

Former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela died after years of declining health. His legacy of peaceful reconciliation has been universally praised by political leaders, the media and ordinary citizens around the world. Kanye

West, for his part, is known for going to extraordinary lengths to focus attention on himself. His reaction today was so unusual, however, that host Adrian Cronauer decided to challenge his assertions. “What have you actually done for civil rights?” he asked. “Have you been involved in any campaigns? Any political activities?

It seems to me comparing yourself to Mandela is a bit of a stretch.” “I’ve blazed a trail with my career,” West responded. “I faced mad racism when I entered this profession. I mean how many black rappers can you name that came before me? I was a pioneer. And now I’m doing the same thing in the fashion world.

“Not to mention I have a bigger market than he ever did. Mandela was working in South Africa, which has, like what, six people? I started my magic here in the USA and then I took my business global. Worldwide baby. “I just want everyone out there to know. I see y’all crying on the TV. Being all sad. Just know that Kanye’s gonna carry on Mandela’s legacy. There’s nothing to worry about. I got this.” Well, Kanye has been overstepping boundaries and this may not be the last we hear from him.

 

Why I Married a White Girl (Gospel Rapper Trip Lee)

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Whenever I post pictures of my family on social media, the responses are always fun. The most common are, “Your son is so handsome!” or “What a beautiful family!” But one of the other common responses is, “Is your wife white?” People ask me at shows sometimes too. The answer is yes. My wife is a mix of Hungarian, Italian, and Polish—which to most people just means yes, she’s white. This is irrelevant to some, but shocking or even disappointing to others. I don’t think anyone should be shocked or disappointed by interracial marriages, but I still wanted to talk about why I married outside my “race.

The decision to marry someone from a different ethnic background wasn’t a tough one for me. I never sat down and wrote out a pros and cons list. Though if I did, the fact that my wife has never seen an episode of “Martin” would be in the con category. But honestly, I didn’t agonize over it or seek counsel about whether it was OK. I was convinced that she was the woman for me to marry, even though she wasn’t black.

Some would never consider marrying someone who wasn’t the same ethnicity as them, so let me tell you why I did.

Expectations

To be honest, I always expected to marry a black woman. I found women of all backgrounds beautiful, but black girls were my “preference.” But when I arrived on my college campus in 2006, I wasn’t looking for a wife at all. I just wanted to grow in my faith and get a good education. My first album had just come out, so I had plenty of other things to focus on. But as I met people at the school, a sophomore named Jessica really caught my attention and we became friends.

We ran in the same circles and we ended up joining the same church, so we saw each other a lot. And the more I got to know her, the more I was drawn to her. She really loved Jesus and she had this childlike willingness to do whatever He asked. Her compassion for needy people challenged me and she had a humble heart that responded to the Word. Over that first year, I watched her sacrifice countless hours of her time serving at our church. On top of all of that, I loved being around her. Our conversation, whether serious or silly, always flowed with ease. So I eventually started to ask myself, “Should I marry this girl?”

Preferences

Jessica didn’t look like I expected my future wife to look, but honestly that didn’t matter to me. Don’t get me wrong, I thought she was beautiful from the first time I met her. And I was never opposed to marrying a white girl. I just didn’t think I would. But as I grew in my faith and my heart changed, my preferences started changing too. My main preference was that my wife be godly, and Jessica was. So I wifed her.

Never for a moment did I feel like I was settling. It feels more like settling to overlook a godly woman merely because of her ethnicity. I never wanted to value my preferences for a wife over what I needed in a wife.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with having preferences, but we have to hold them with an open hand. I know some people who overlook a potential godly spouse because they don’t fit some random preference. Some of our preferences really don’t matter that much. Some of our preferences may even be foolish, so we have to submit all of them to Scripture.

When you and your spouse are in the middle of conflict, skin tone doesn’t matter. Body type and social status seem insignificant. You want them to be godly and humble. And as my wife and I begin to raise our first child, I couldn’t be more grateful for her. She’s an amazing mom and a godly influence on my son—neither of which have anything to do with her ethnic background. It’s OK to want things in a spouse, but we have to submit our desires to what God wants for us in a spouse. What I wanted and needed most was a godly partner, and that’s exactly what God provided.

Chris Brown Jailed on Felony Assault Charge

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 Chris Brown and a bodyguard were arrested Sunday morning and charged with felony assault, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department said.

The singer and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were allegedly involved in an altercation with another man outside the W Hotel at 4:25 a.m., police said.

The two were taken into custody and were being held at the 2nd District police station, police said.

The alleged victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries, police spokesman Anthony Clay told CNN.

 Chris Brown charged with assault in D.C.

Brown, 24, was in Washington to host a “homecoming party” at The Park at Fourteen nightclub Saturday night, according to his Twitter feed, just four blocks away from where he was arrested Sunday morning.

His representative and lawyer did not immediately respond to CNN calls for comment Sunday.

Brown is on probation in California for a felony domestic violence conviction involving his former girlfriend Rihanna. Any arrest could be considered a violation of that probation, which could result in jail time.

Prosecutors filed probation violation charges against him twice in the past year, resulting in the judge ordering him to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community service.

Brown was arrested in February 2009 for punching Rihanna inside a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street. The altercation left the face of Rihanna, also a chart-topping singer, bruised and bloody on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

He entered a guilty plea seven months later and was sentenced to serve five years probation and ordered to spend more than 1,400 hours in “labor-oriented service.”

His probation reports were glowing until the past year, when the district attorney’s office accused him of not completing the 1,400 hours of community labor, which he was allowed to do in his home state of Virginia.

He was also accused of hit-and-run following a minor traffic crash earlier this year. The driver of the other car told investigators that Brown “went ballistic” and screamed at her after his Range Rover rear-ended her Mercedes on a Los Angeles street.

In August, Brown’s lawyer reached a settlement with prosecutors to end their efforts to revoke his probation. The deal called for Brown to complete another 1,000 hours of community service.

Probation rules require Brown to stay out of all legal trouble. Even an arrest that does not lead to a conviction could result in a probation violation charge.

He is scheduled to appear before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin on November 20 for a probation status hearing.

Jarrod Enjoys Independent Grind

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Nobody enjoys independent grind like he does, J-Rod, aka Jarrod is on elevated grounds in hiphop. A self made rapper, producer, sound engineer and song writer is going for nothing less. Our only Dossier Cypher met him this week and he humbly spared us his time out of his busy errands telling us that “He is Dedicated to This!”. Like always, we asked him same questions and all we got were answers of a kind. If any hiphop artist to watch not only in US but in the entire world is Jarrod. Check this

  • How do you differentiate you as a person and you as an artist? A: I honestly don’t. I want my fans to see the real me. Not one that goes in-front of a camera and acts.
  • How did you arrive at your stage name? A: Well, it use to be “J-Rod” when I first dabbled in the genre of Hip-Hop. Then I grew up and decided I enjoy using my real name more. It also sounds better I’ve been told.
  • How did you happen to be a musician/ how did you discover your talent? A: I use to be extremely into skateboarding. For those that don’t know skateboarding and music go hand and hand. I started a band back in the 4th grade. We were Rock N’ Roll. Now, ever since then I’ve tried out different genres until I landed on my love. Hip-Hop.
  • Speak about the people who have been supportive to you? A: The people that are supportive of me are known as the #JarrBearNation. I love them with all my entire being. I do this for THEM. My family and friends are truly supportive as well and it gives me a sense of drive and encouragement.
  • Why did you settle on this genre of music? A: I settled with the genre of Hip-Hop due to the way you can express yourself through it. The lyrical ability you need. The emotion in each song put forth that catches the listeners attention. I pour my heart out on a song using this genre and it feels so, right.
  • What do you want to achieve by music that you can’t with any other form of art? A: I want to achieve many things. But, the one thing that you can do in other arts as well as music but I consider a vital one is changing the lives of others. I don’t preach about drugs, alcohol, any of that in a positive light. I send messages of anti-bullying, anti-drug use, etc.
  • Who is your role model(s)? A: Jesus Christ is my main idol. Then my Father, John Barry is my main role model.
  • Tell me about your formative period when you were just starting to sing A: Well, I started in the 4th grade. It was hard just recording on a cheap MP3 player. We made a CD and handed it out to people then gave it to a bunch of family. It’s something i’ll never forget.
  • What can you say is the hardest period you have gone through? A: With music it would be the hate. I can honestly say now that it doesn’t effect me. This was about a 6 months ago that I wrote my first radio single that really got me out there because it was titled “Live Free” based upon bullying. Ever since then I don’t get effected by it.
  • And the happiest moment? A: The happiest moment for me personally was hearing my first “That’s really good!!” from someone other than my family.
  • Your best number/song/album? A: My greatest review on a song would have to be the ones that were to my first radio single “Live Free”. I have been in the studio with some family and friends recording the new single “Dedicated To This” coming October 25th though and they believe it knocks “Live Free” out of the PARK. We’ll just have to see what the fans say!
  • Who writes your songs? A: Me, I don’t believe in others writing songs for me. I don’t connect as well as I would to others writings.
  • What inspires you? A: My fans most definitely.
  • Which instruments do you play? A: I use to play a little bit of guitar. I can beatbox and create beats on fruity-loops. I also record, mix and master, edit, etc. EVERYTHING I do. No one helps me. I stay with the words “Independent Grind”.
  • When and how did you learn to play them? Everything besides the guitar was self taught.
  • Comment about your dressing style A: I don’t dress like your normal rapper would. I dress like myself. No 40 chains hanging from my neck. No Versace belts. Just my own style.
  • How do you manage time to deal with, family, friends, fame, money and social life? A: It’s a very BUSY process. With the power of my Lord and Savior though anything is possible. And he would NEVER give me something I couldn’t handle.
  • How do you find the competition in the field? A: By putting myself out there and getting played on radio in other states and especially on the charts. I have to battle my heart out to get to the Top 3. Another is when I’m up for an award.
  • Tell me about your future plans A: My future plans are to live life to it’s fullest. At 15 years old I’ve had many accomplishments. My future plans would be to win more awards, gain an even BIGGER fan base, and tour. But mostly, I want to have an impact on the lives of those that need me.

To get Jarrods music or if you want to keep in touch with him you can check the links below.

Twitter, IG,
Facebook: @JarrodBarry
YouTube: MrJarrodbarry

Jimwat was Diagnosed with Multiple Fractures on his Legs and Ribs

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His ‘Under 18’ and ‘Sitoi kitu kidogo’ hit songs left fans impressed, while upcoming artistes looked up to him as a role model in the industry. However, a few years down the line, Jimwat’s is a sad life story!

Soon after going off the musical grid, Jimwat was reportedly doing hard drugs, living carelessly and not paying attention to his career which led to his parents sending him abroad for counseling and rehabilitation.

Recently, Jimwat went back to studio to try and revive his career but just when the sun was starting to rise on his career, he was involved in a gruesome road accident along Thika road next to Thika mall on Saturday 5th October 2013.

Jimwat was in the company of two other guys, when their car was rammed by a Prado from the rear. Of the three, Jimwat sustained bad injuries and was rushed to Kawaha Wendani hospital where he was diagnosed with multiple fractures on both legs and some fractured ribs.

His condition got so worse that he was rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital for further treatment and is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery that should enable him to walk again.

With high hospital bills pilling up, close family and friends have been reaching out to fans and as his Unicorn stable producer told SDE, “Jimwat’s new song Jikaze  will be available for free download on the internet for limited amount of time as a way of giving back to his fans for having stood by him all this time.”

We wish him a quick and full recovery  as he goes through the surgery and the healing process.

A Quiete International Hit Maker

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Leaving simple as a hit-maker, king of beats, Jay-Crazy aka Jossure, of J-Heights Production is a Toronto based musician who writes, producers, sings, raps and does it all.

Looking at Jossure’s accomplishments as a music producer, song writer and record label president, one can’t believe just how much this super music man has achieved in the past two years. Born and raised in East Africa, Kenya, Kisumu, Jossure started his music career from his family choir as a tenor one vocalist with strict lessons from his father who was a music teacher, conductor and adjudicator. He performed and wrote songs for churches and school choir during his high school time.

Presently, Jossure is spending his time producing songs for the new crop of talent signed to his label as well as working with industry heavy weights including Prisoners, Jonny Gimp, Shinneka Campbel, Drake from UK, Xat xol productions Senegal, Nicolas Gomes, Brimu Trax, Lthe late Keiam, Kay-Young, New Way, Armel, Young Mo, Ray to name a few. His pieces of productions has been well received widely in US, West Africa Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Canada, and UK.

Jossure is dedicated in serving Jesus Christ with his music and evangelizing world wide with it.

Some of his art work can be found on:

Noisetrade: http://noisetrade.com/jossure/the-j-way

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/jossure

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jossure 

Billy The Cool Kid

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It is only in Dossier where we get the opportunity to ask different artists same questions and all we get are totally different views, opinions, ideas and dreams. On Friday we met with Billy the Kidd aka Kidd Wolfe, an upcoming gospel rapper from US. Our only Dossier Cypher got to know more about him, his dreams, his new mixtape coming out soon and above all his prosperity and growing fame in US and other parts of the world. This is how our interview went. 

How do you differentiate you as a person and you as an artist?

When it comes to being a person, I’m only a normal kid. I go to school, play sports, and hang out with friends. When it comes to being an artist, however, I’m not just an “average joe.” I try my best to be professional and present my music in such a way that not only kids look up to me, but adults as well.

How did you arrive at your stage name?

Honestly, I’ve always been known as ” Billy The Kidd.” So I just went by that.

How did you happen to be a musician? how did you discover your talent?

There was really no main reason I started music. I think at the time it was to be “cool,” but I’ve realized there’s so much more to it than that.

Speak about the people who have been supportive to you?

There’s not very many people who do support me but I am thankful to my family and all my fans who show an overwhelming support to me and I promise never to let them down. They make me who I am and the prayers they pray for me, the advises they give and encouragements when I am down is all that matters to me. Thank you all my supporters I love you all. 

Why did you settle on this genre of music?

I settled on hip hop, to be honest, because I dont have the greatest singing voice. Though I do plan to eventually get into some pop. I like diversity and I am always ready to try new things so to my fans, keep watching this space, more  and great arts coming your way soon.

What do you want to achieve by music that you can’t with any other form of art?

I want to give people who like clean rap music something other than money, drugs, and sex. If I can turn at least one person to Christ, and I don’t care who, I would be happy.

Who is your role model(s)?

Jesus. My older brother Jarrod [Barry]. And my Civil Air Patrol pal Grant.

Tell me about your formative period when you were just starting to sing

I had no idea what I was doing. Plain and simple.

What can you say is the hardest period you have gone through

The hardest period of time that I’ve gone through would have to be the time I left Jesus. I stopped believing and things went down hill. At one point things got real bad and I told Him to change me over night if he was real. I woke up a brand new person. Do I still have doubts sometimes? Yes. Everybody does here and there, but they pass.

And the happiest moment?

Finishing my first half marathon at nine years old.

Your best number/song/album?

At this point in time, I’m not ready for an album. I’m working on my first mixtape, Colossians 3:16, and it will for sure be my best work. All the songs I have done are great and guess what?  Another hit single is coming on air soon so check out for that. 

Which is the most memorable performance you ever staged?

Ive honestly never performed live yet. I’m still working on geting the music out there, so I can perform. After this mixtape drops, I’ll be sure to do a few shows!

Who writes your songs?

I currently write my own songs. I do it all on my own, other than producing the music. I plan to produce a few tracks on this upcoming record, though. I would love to hook up with some song writers! Only for a track or two. I feel that if I write my own lyrics, I can have my own feel for them because they come straight from the heart. That gives me a better flow and makes the music ten times better.

What inspires you?

Jesus.

Comment about your dressing style

I’m not rich yet. I can’t dress as well as the kids in my school but I don’t mind. If I have clothes on my back, I’m good. Mainly I dress in sportswear. I like to be creative. Hate matching.

How do you manage time to deal with, family, friends, fame, money and social life?

It’s hard. I try not to let the gaining fame change me. I try to evenly manage my time, and its hard. I’m in the studio all night and a lot of the day. I’ve cut off a lot of my social life due to music. And a lot of people cut me off due to music. Money. But I don’t nor will I ever put it above Jesus.

How do you find the competition in the field?

Reverbnation charts. I always try to be at the top. Whenever I release new music, at least. Whenever I’m not putting new stuff out, it really doesn’t matter to me. I still try to stay in the top ten of course.

Who do you consider to be your main challenger?

Myself. I’m always trying to improve.

How do you handle you fans, some of whom may go overboard in adoring you?

I love my fans with all of my heart, they make me who I am. I have never seen them do anything crazy to me but if it happens they should know that I am only human  just like them. I love my fans.

What other activities are you involved with like charity and the rest?

Im a boxer. My two main things are boxing and recording music. I’m also in the Civil Air Patrol. It’s one of the greatest programs I’ve ever got involved in. Not really charity, but volunteer work.

Tell me about your future plans

I plan to go as far as I possibly can with music. If I don’t go as far as I hope to, I’m fine with that. I want to make it big, but if God doesn’t think that’s the best for me, I’ll be fine with that.

Words of wisdom? 

Keep your head up. Look at how many haters Jesus had. Don’t let the hate stop you from achieving your dreams/goals. Just do the very best that you possibly can and give glory to God for everything, good and bad.

You can find some of Kidd Wolfe’s songs on these LINKS:

http://www.reverbnation.com/thekiddwolfe
http://www.facebook.com/thekiddwolfe
http://www.youtube.com/christianboxer
http://www.twitter.com/thekidd_wolfe

Unmovable, Unshakable Dem Jackson Boyz

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Dossier Cypher again this week! The place where we ask same questions to different artists and all we get is amazing, different answers, different views, different perspectives, and different ideas from different genres. We had time to meet with Mon Jackson of Dem Jackson Boyz a duo from the US, aiming for the galaxy with their heavy new age gospel hip hop. They believe nobody does it like they do and their aim is to evangelize to the whole world through music. This is how our interview went:

· How do you differentiate you as a person and you as an artist?

Mon Jackson of Dem Jackson Boyz

As a person I am a Christ follower who’s striving to live a life pleasing to God. I have a lot of faith and because of that I am very determined when it comes to achieving my goals. As an artist of Dem Jackson Boyz I’m still the same person just adding the abilities to be creative and original when it comes to the music.

· How did you arrive at your stage name?

Mon is a short version of my first name and Jackson is my last name and my brother Tez and I call ourselves Dem Jackson Boyz for obvious reasons. We’re actually real blood brothers so we’re representing our last name.

· How did you happen to be a musician? how did you discover your talent?

My Dad sings, plays guitar, keyboard and have played other instruments so the gift of creating music came naturally. As you grow up you kind of fall into discovering your talent experiencing different situations in life.

· Speak about the people who have been supportive to you?

The main supporters of Dem Jackson Boyz has easily been our Mom and Dad. Our mother is our number one fan lol. They have always encouraged us and been there when it came to shows, selling our CDs and performing at different churches.

· Why did you settle on this genre of music?

We started out rapping about worldly things and things that went against God but one day our Dad said if we were going to rap make sure you do it for God. That really stuck with us so that is what we made our mission to do.

· What do you want to achieve by music that you can’t with any other form of art?

Just changing people’s view on life by bringing biblical info through music that is good for the soul and sound good to the ears. Music is a very powerful tool and can really get into a persons mind and heart.

· Who is your role model(s)?

Definitely my parents.

· Tell me about your formative period when you were just starting to sing

Well first starting to rap as a young child free styling was really the main thing that I did. Didn’t always sound good but as time went on it progressed. Once I started writing it was very immature and young minded but it became more solid and respectable as time passed.

· What can you say is the hardest period you have gone through?

Maybe the ending of a two year relationship with a girl that I loved dearly.

· And the happiest moment?

Besides truly coming to know God probably graduating from High School.

· Your best number/song/album?

I cant make that choice, too hard lol

· Which is the most memorable performance you ever staged?

All of them lol.

· Who writes your songs?

I write my parts and my brother Tez writes his part

· What inspires you?

The Bible and personal life situations.

· When and how did you learn to play them?

I think you’re missing a question. Play what?

· Comment about your dressing style

Nothing too fancy I’m not the big designer clothes wearing type, but when it comes to shoes it has to be Jordans and Nikes.

· How do you manage time to deal with, family, friends, fame, money and social life?

Just have to learn to balance everything man, I don’t have it all together yet.

· How do you find the competition in the field?

I don’t look at others as competition.

· Who do you consider to be your main challenger?

Myself

· How do you handle you fans, some of whom may go overboard in adoring you?

If they get over board I’ll tell them I’m human just like you, just treat me like a normal dude.

· What other activities are you involved with like charity and the rest?

Mostly church and all activities related to church.

· What investment are you involved in?

Music and electronics are the biggest things.

· Tell me about your future plans

Keep serving God and keep pushing this truth music while becoming a better business man figuring out all the ways to make life better for my family.

· Talk about producers you have worked with? 

Too many to name. Shout out to North Lane Productions for having three beats on our album Unmovable.

· Words of wisdom? 

Keep God first because God is over everything.

LINKS TO MUSIC:

BANDCAMP

 http://demjacksonboyz.bandcamp.com/album/unmovable-full-digital-album

 SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/demjacksonboyz

 Mon Jackson’s Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/MonJacksonDJB

 Dem Jackson Boyz’ Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/demjacksonboyz08