JW: Young Jeezy's Musical Muscle
Perhaps divine providence brought JW to Hip-Hop. If he is recording in the booth or if he is delivering his message live on stage, J Dubs lyrics carry his testimony. The sheer depth and pure authenticity of his lyrical psalms resound with his Hip-Hop congregation. Building on his respect for the music, Dub has earned the respect industry pace-makers like Jazzy Pha, Todd Cutter and Jae Millz. They were among the fist people to recognize and challenge JW to embrace his then, dormant lyrical ability. The Broward County native is thriving in his new Georgia home. JWs raw talent is complementing the other artists on Young Jeezys CTE label. Baik At It, the initial single from his debut album Fully Focused, is constantly spinning throughout the South. Only time will tell if JW will be back at it for years to come.
AllHipHop.com: On June 20th you got put on in a very public way. Young Jeezy gave you your CTE medallion and chain during Atlantas Hot 107.9s B-Day Bash. How would you describe that experience?
JW: That was a great experience; big up to the whole CTE fam. You know that n***a Young thats my dude, that was big. That was love. The birthday bash is a big event that they throw every year in Atlanta. I come from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I appreciate Atlanta; they have embraced me. The city of Atlanta got a lot of different people from everywhere.
Im always ready, man. It aint nothing, a n***a aint camera shy. I got out there and repped; I repped CTE, I repped Grade A. I repped [for] every n***a thats in the struggle and every person thats vibbing with me
JW Gets His CTE Chain From Jeezy
AllHipHop.com: What characteristics do you possess that will help distinguish you from other CTE artists?
JW: Im me. Im not knocking anybody. Big shout out to everybody from the labelwere all blessed in our own ways. Theres nobody in this world like me; aint nobody like J Dub. I know Im blessed. I come from the core, I come from the heart, Im not a rapper; you can label me a preacher if you want to. I just keep it real. Im here to enlighten these people, to motivate to encourage them and to let them know that this aint just any type of music; I deal with life. Id just like to share my story; because, I know that my story is like millions of other peoples stories in the world. I just try to motivate, man, and keep it real
AllHipHop.com: Lets get on Baik At It. That beat by M-16 is stupid, wow.
JW: Thats a hot beat and I just kept it real on the track. So, you cant get nothing but something good on the track. As long as the people enjoy the music we will continue to make that good music. Shout out to my boy M-16 [and] shot out to Jagged Edge; they showed me a lot of loveTwin and nem. I got a song called You Already Know, produced by M-16 [and] Im So Arrogant. Theres other hot tracks right now, down in Miami, shout out to DJ Nasty down in Dade [county and] DJ Khaled; theyre going in. M-16, hes doing his thing; hes very talented. He did Duffle Bag Boy, too.
JW'S "Get IT From The Muscle" Mixtape
AllHipHop.com: It seems the public is experiencing a love/hate relationship with Hip-Hop. We love its essence but hate the commercialization; how would you describe your relationship with music?
JW: Man, Im in love with music. Im married to music; its something that I appreciate. I appreciate the culture [and] I appreciate the art. I know that yall probably hear this so often; but, Im not a rapper. I say that; because, I literally only been doing this for about a year and a half. I know that God done brought me so far and so fast, in a year and a half I dont want to speak too fast but I got a major, major label looking at me with a great deal looking ahead of. So, Im praying on that there. I dont want to disrespect n***as that have been doing this s*** for 10-15 years and havent accumulated as much success or potential that Ive got in so little time. You know what Im saying?
AllHipHop.com: According to JW is there a distinction between Rap and Hip-Hop?
JW: As far as Hip-Hop, I know that Hip-Hop is a culture and with RapI feel that either youre going to be an artist that respects the culture or youre just going to be somebody that respects the art. You got n***as out there that havent been through half the s*** [that] they talk about; but, the s*** sound good. They [are] rappers, you feel me. Unfortunately, Im not that type of person. What you hear in my music is real life. If it aint me [then] its my n****s or its my family; its real life. The s*** that Ive done dealt with [shaped] the way that I see life. My lyrics reflect life through my eyes. Rap or Hip-Hopit is what it isIm just here to make my mark in it
AllHipHop.com: I want to discuss your identity as a man and your image as an MC. How do you plan to prove to the public that youre not an empty gimmick?
JW: By just being me; I aint got nothing to prove to nobody. Im me; Im okay. Im making music that expresses me and the people that I representwhich is who ever is motivated to make something more for they lifewhether theyre still in the streets or if they have a job or a career. I want to motivate and empower them. I talk about God in my music. I talk about college in my music. I talk about football and I talk about hustling; because, this is my life. So, I aint trying to prove nothing to nobody. Im just being me [and] either youre going to like it or you aint, you feel me. I want the majority to like it because its honest and its the truth
AllHipHop.com: Well check you out. [laughs] I respect your confidence.
JW: I aint in no competition with nobody. Im just expressing my life. Big shout out to DJ Khaled. You know, Nobbs, Rick Ross, Young these people that [Im] meeting in the music world, they are respecting it. They get the authenticity from me, they get the realness from me; I dont have to try to be nobody else, all I got to do is be me. Im that n****. Im great. Im magnificent. Im blessed; Im highly favored. Why would I have to try to prove something to somebody?
AllHipHop.com: I think I might like you.
JW: Im just keeping it real; thats something that the game is missing. When I speak I aint trying to be arrogant; but, my voice is very powerful; its been that way since Ive been young. I feel that God has given me a platform to just be able to talk and give expression to more people. Some people say, Damn, Dub, you know, you talk about God on this hereI can feel thatyou talk about the streets [and] I can feel that. Yeah [that s] because; its real. I aint trying to prove nothing to nobodyI aint got to prove nothing to Younghe can be the biggest D boy in the worldthat aint my life. I did it; so, I talk about a little bit of it.
I earned my degree so I talk about that, too. I played football; I talk about that, too. Theres a million n****s out there that wish they would have made it to the NFLthey are in the streets right nowwishing that they would have kept playing ball. I just try to motivate and tell my story and tell my life and motivate people. I think thats why Im here for. I think thats why God gave me this gift. I aint just doing this s*** Im grateful for where Im at right now.
AllHipHop.com: You earned your degree in Business Management from the University of Illinois; how has this established knowledge assisted you with your time being an artist?
JW: Ive been a businessman [and] I followed up with that in school. Just like many other athletes, theyll probably tell you [that] when they first went to collegeIm from the hood. Im from Ft. Lauderdale, Broward CountyIm from the heart of it. Every n**** from the hood, you can go to Ft. Lauderdale, they will tell you Im from the hood. I caught a delivery charge back in 99; them n****s be talking that s***. I did that s*** when I was 18 years old, Im talking about out here really hustling, they can check the record for that. I aint bragging. [chuckles]
[When] I went off to the college, it was more like the hood really wanted to see me make it the league; they really wanted me to make it. So, its like every other athlete thats in the world; they really aint focued too much on a degree, they thinking they gonna make it to the NFL. I got into the business thing because I always knew I was a businessman; thats one of my advantages. I think thats helped to get me to where I am, too, and by the grace of God. I handle everything as a business I aint never worked no 9-5; it just helped me to be able to deal with a lot of different types of people. I think that the business part is something that Im really on. I know if my business is right Im going to be straight.
AllHipHop.com: Get It From The Muscle, your 2008 award-winning mixtape earned you respect from the streets. Now that youre working on your debut album, Fully Focused, how do you plan to maintain your core audience as you transition to the mainstream?
JW: Shout out to Figga Records and Real N***a Radioevery n***a in the ghetto and in hood knows about Figga Recordsthey supported me; I gotta give a shout out to them. Me and the DJs we have been working the streets hard. I got Get It From The Muscle, Vol. 1 and I got Get It From The Muscle, Vol. 2 out right now with DJ Folk; its hot. Yall go get that, its out there. Im working on the second part of my album. Its going down. Ill be working with Khaled [and] Ill get with Trick [Daddy] and them.
AllHipHop.com: You have the last word; what do you want to say?
JW: I always say keep your head up; whether youre in the streets or if youre working. Stay faithful to yourself and stay true to yourself. Thats what it is; its all good. Shout to all my fans. Im going to give you something authentic; its going to be real. To all my ladies, yall are starting to help a n***as buzz. All the real n***as out there yall are feeling me; I appreciate yall. Im going to keep pushing. Man, I love this here; Im going to be around. Aint no way that Im ever giving this up.
"Baik At IT"