7 Questions With Jemyle Jones
I caught up with the homie Jemyle Jones last week to pick his brain about hip hop, the future of his career and where he draws his inspiration from. Get to know him before he blows up right here.
How did you come to use the moniker “Jemyle Jones”?
It’s kind of a cool story I’ll keep as brief as possible. Jemyle is actually my middle name. My mother had initially wanted it to be my first though my grandmother named me Ricardo when I was born. Jones is my last name on my fathers side. Though I never got to meet him, I know what he meant to my mother; so I decided to introduce myself to the world with the name that she originally had intended for me Jemyle Jones.
How has growing up in Jamaica Queens, NY influenced your perspective on the world, life and music?
Growing up in Queens in general gave me a broad perspective on life, being that it’s the most culturally diverse place in the entire world. Fortunately enough I was able to live through the 90’s as a child and remember it vividly. Things have changed so much, but I’m gratefully to have that upbringing. So many legendary artists, moguls, athletes, and businessman have come from this borough; living in the same environments though we all share different outlooks. Though one thing most people from Queens have in common is our laid back demeanor. I believe I express the essence of Queens through my music.
If you could describe your sound in 1 word, what would it be?
What do you feel is missing from today’s hip hip and how to plan on bringing it back to it’s roots?
I believe soul just might be the key. The fact that this is a “business” which is true so music will be crafted with the intent of gaining sales. Although I feel as if a lot of “rappers” ONLY want to be rappers because of the potential financial benefit or lifestyle they’ve been swindled into believing. I don’t plan on bringing people back to the roots of hip hop, but instead growing my own tree from these roots embedded in me. Basically to sum it up if there was no such thing as money or fame or jewelry I’d still feel compelled to create musical poetry.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I channel it from my childhood and all the things that I’ve been through that have matured me to the person I am today.
Out off all the tracks you’ve ever made, which one are you most proud of and why?
I have a song called “Do The Right Thing” that I haven’t released as yet. I’m awaiting the proper moment. It’s about my relationship with my family and making them proud. Though there is a track off an older project I did entitled 12 Twelve that I may rerelease called “Here Me Now“. That song may not be for everyone because of the vulgar and blunt content, but it meant and still means a lot to me. It explained exactly what I had felt and so many feel who become corrupted by street activities seeking God for guidance.
Where do you want to be in your career 5 years from now?
Performing in front of the largest audiences known to man on a normal basis. Being recognized as an elite artist, story teller, and poet bridging cultures and all age brackets together. I see myself as being one of the most influential philanthropists in the world.