For this next Spotlight Interview, I am interviewing J Riddle, an up and coming rapper hailing from the UK. J Riddle has an interesting story and an inspiring that everyone should read. Whether you are a fan of his music or not, you have to respect the dedication and motivation of this young artist. J Riddle is only 20 years old, but has already developed a solid mysterious brand that works. With raw storytelling, altered rap egos created in different songs, and a range of influences (ranging from Elton John, Tina Turner to Eazy E and Beyonce), J Riddle is definitely on the way of creating something unique in the rap world. Check out the interview after the jump!
Tell us about yourself and your music.
J Riddle: My name is Jayden Caleb George (My preferred name of course. My biological name will always remain a secret to the world.) I am currently 20 years old, and I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I guess you can say my life has only really just begun in general.
I am Transgender FtM, Polyamorous and Pansexual (Bet you never thought someone like me would pop up in the Rap game, did ya’?)
It all started way back in the early 2000s, when I first discovered Hip Hop. I was listening to several artists that have inspired me at the time to sing and eventually…Rap! It didn’t take me long to learn how to Rap, as before I even got into it, I was already a budding poet and songwriter, thanks to my Dad’s reputation as a great musician. I learned how to produce music and play 8 different instruments (Piano, Bass Guitar, Drums, Flute, Violin, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Cello).
Eventually, and unfortunately, my father went abusive and almost mad from cocaine use, I had to learn everything by myself from that point forward and self taught myself music technology from the age of 10 onwards. I was not going to give up, even after the abuse and troubles I hit as a kid.
At 14, I bought myself my first ever DAW…Fruity Loops 8! And I started learning how to produce and eventually record my vocals and instruments. Sadly, those were just practice projects and they were lost. So no giggles for you!
As a teenage transboy, growing up in a pretty rough neighbourhood, it taught me many things about todays society and how its crumbled. This gave me fuel to make fire happen within my music and the lyrics that you hear in my songs. A lot of my inspiration comes from 2Pac, Eminem, Eazy E, Biggie Smalls, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Missy Elliot and singers just as Ne-Yo, Elton John, Ciara, Béyonce, Kylie Minogue and Tina Turner.
My music started to officially evolve to what you hear today when I was 17. It taken me a few years of serious sit downs, swearing fits, recording tech money and overall asskickings from my will power to get to where I am. I never gave up, never gave in and never ever retired. In fact, I will always keep learning for the rest of my life.
My characters in my music all represent self conscious versions of myself throughout the years (I am talking about my rap egos.) Wacky J represents my terrible adolescence and abuse repercussions. The Hooded Rapper is my open conscience (What you see presently.), Pastor J is from my wise and kind nature and Weedman J…We don’t talk about him. He is too stoned to be mentioned.
How would you describe your sound?
J Riddle: Classic, creative and coexisting. I love to mix things up a bit, while at the same time I keep it classic and completely original as I can possibly muster.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
J Riddle: Fun. But an absolute hell. Try writing your first mixtape within a year, I dare you.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
J Riddle: My first mixtape! “THCVille” is expected to be released by 4/20. However, this is just an estimate and not an accurate date. I have 3 more singles on the way before the album arrives just to warm things up a bit.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
J Riddle: Definitely creating myself an audience and a small little fanbase. It’s so nice to see people liking my music and becoming a supporter (My fanbase is called Ohana Gang.)
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
J Riddle: Definitely with Wiz.. And ABSOLUTELY with Missy Elliot! She seems so fun to work with (Literally and business wise!)
Name something random that people do not know about you.
J Riddle: I smoke 17 joints a day and never got sick because of it. I also hate blunts with a passion, it’s all about the raw papers or ziggy zag slowburns.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
J Riddle: It is TOUGH as HELL. It’s also toughing up fuel to prepare myself for bigger things. (Watch it, labels. I am not one of THOSE artists.)
What can we expect from you in the future?
J Riddle: Now THAT is classified. You just have to prepare yourself. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
J Riddle: If you are the kind of homie that likes Marmite. You are instantly my friend.
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