Interview With Hip-Hop Artist J.Gamble
Q.1) How old are you & where are you from?
I am 34 years old. Born and raised in Ohio. I grew up about 20 miles west of Cleveland and been here my whole life.
Q.2) How long have you been on the scene of hip-hop?
As you know, the basis of hip hop is drums. I started playing drums when I was 5 years old and continued until I graduated high school. I’ve been listening to hip hop music since I was about 8 years old. I started writing and rapping when I was around 13 years old and recorded my first song on a jukebox machine using a cassette tape and a microphone. Both sides A & B rapping over the same damn Beatnuts — Watch out now beat. When I was 18 I started recording my own music with the proper equipment, I even started producing my own beats at that time. A few years later I ventured into live performances and did quite a few shows in the Northeast OHIO area.
Q.3)Which hip hop artists did you idolize when you were growing up?
I’ve always been an East Coast hip hop fan. Wu-Tang Clan, Boot Camp Click, The LOX, Nas, DMX, Cormega, Biggie, Big L, etc…
When I was in grade school I started out listening to Bone, Big Daddy Kane, Common, DJ Quik, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Tupac and many others.
Q.4) When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I never wanted to pursue a career in music and still don’t. I do this for a hobby, not to eat. I have a real career that is my financial backbone. If I ever had the opportunity to make it “big” or work with some of my idols, I’m sure I would take that opportunity but its not something I am chasing. I make music for the love of it, not for the money or recognition.
Q.5) What keeps you motivated to continue creating hip hop music?
Love for music. The creativity that comes with it. I love taking nothing and turning it into something real. Most of my ideas actually come from other genres of music.
Q.6)Who has been the most detrimental to the scene of hip hop in your opinion?Why do people say real hip hop is dead?
Hip hop is dead because of the mainstream music industry. At one point hip hop was about positivity but record labels put a stop to that shit quick and introduced gangster rap in an effort to fill private prisons with criminals impacted by the violent lyrics in gangster rap, since then record labels only promote violence or dumbed down lyrics that brainwash the youth. Rap these days is about money, not talent or creativity. That’s why 90% of the rappers you hear these days, mainstream and underground, all sound the same. I’m rarely impressed nowadays.
Q.7) Why do you choose to stay an underground artist rather than selling out?
100% creative rights. Selling out is exactly that, its all about the money, not the music.
Q.8) If you could compare yourself to any other artist who would it be?
I don’t know. I’d say I’m more like a combination of artists that I grew up listening to on a regular basis.
Q.9) Do you have any projects in the near future you can tell us about?
I have an EP project with my friend Doc Remedy. He is a well-known underground artist in the Cleveland area. This album will be full of fire lyrics and dope beats. We basically took the opportunity to put whack rappers in their place. As for myself, I have a new project I am currently working on when I have free time. Hoping to complete that project within the next few months.
Q.10) If you could send all your fans an inspiring & motivational message that wasn’t in the form of a song like most I’ve heard what would it be?
Get an education. Treat everyone with the same respect you think you deserve. Contribute to the world in a positive way .