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Name: Jordan Montgomery
Projects Released: “2012” collaboration with MOSLOV, Driving While Black
Influences: Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G, J. Cole, Kanye West, Method Man
What prompted your start for your career path?
Although I didn’t listen to a lot of hip hop growing up I’ve always had a love for telling stories. It wasn’t until I started high school that I started listening to hip hop and became completely immersed in the culture.
Who first recognized your talents and what it meant to you?
One of the first people to recognize my talents would be Jasiri X. I was one of the first students in the 1HOOD Media Academy, around the time when the program was just getting started. Jasiri knew I rapped and asked me to perform for the end of semester event. He was amazed by my lyricism and encouraged me to pursue rap.
First problem you have come across?
The first problem I’ve come across is dealing with promoters and venues. Some of my friends and I have had the opportunity to open for touring acts and play at larger venues in the city but we always had to sell tickets at high prices and never got good time slots. So we decided to take matter in our own hands and promote our own shows and play at venues that were willing to be more flexible and supportive. I think I’ve learned a lot from those experiences.
As an up and coming artist what was it that you seen that you needed to improve on?
Promotion. I learned that it doesn’t matter how good your music is if no one ever hears it. I used to post songs on the internet and hope my friends and followers would share it for me. With Driving While Black I’ve been submitting to publications and blogs and working on merch and flyers to ensure that this release is as big as possible.
How will you make an impact given a chance?
My music has always been influenced by social issues. I’ve always used music to shine light on these issues and bring my own perspective to the situation. With the release of this album I hope to work with civil rights organizations to find solutions to the problems that plague our communities.
Why should people take notice in your work?
It’s not just about the music. It’s about giving people something they can enjoy and relate to. I have songs you can dance to, love to, revolt to, heal and reflect to. It’s human and its honest.