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This Month Featured Producer Is J.R.


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Marv
What up J! How you been bro?

J.R.
Good mang!

Marv
No doubt bruh. First off congrats on the Grammy win. Has it sinked in or is it still surreal?

J.R.
Thx bro! Man, im still on coud nine. I mean, I know its happened but I’m still rocked by the reality of it all. Im just enjoying it while staying on the grind as well.

Marv
I was talking to Nab a while back about the Crossmovement era on how you guys were responsible for changing the sound of CHH. Do you think with all blood sweat and tears that you have had to endure, was all worth it for where you are?

J.R.
Absolutely. One of the pleasures of doing music for a living is that you love what you do. To the fans from all over the world tell you how much a track or song blessed them is priceless. The Grammy was just a career stamp that what we built is validated not by just fans but by the music industry too.

Marv

Bet. Now that you got the Grammy, do you feel any pressure to continue to deliver good music?

J.R.

Not really. The only pressure I have is to now make the most of what having a Grammy means. If I dont capitalize on such an achievement, I might be found burying my talent instead of flipping it. Feel me?
Making good music is in my vains and I can’t do anything but make quality art.

Marv
Yeah I can dig it. I know you are a outside-the-box producer, but what do you think about quality of production in CHH? Do you think the creativity has went up or are we following the trends?

J.R.
Naw, bro. If we were to put some off CHH’s top producers aside mainstream producers, I think we would see an even slate. Grant it, mainstream hiphop has a lot more resources and business opps that create opportunity to create good art with dope artist, but these dudes in CHH (including yourself) are straight animals.

Marv

Thx fam. I agree to that we have come along ways when it comes quality of out music. It says a lot coming from yourself as one of the pioneers of what we do. Another question, how do you feel about leasing music is it good for us or does it hurts?

J.R.
No doubt. I think it helps and hurts, kinda a catch 22. On one hand, cats can make songs with quality tracks for $35 bucks and have a killer record on their hands. And the producer can benefit from the success of that record as well. But on the other hand, cats can get comfortable with leasing that they have a full album of leased tracks and do ok, while the producer is on the losing end because they can sell 2000 units and see profits, while the producer usually dosent see a penny of that. I believe if you really wanna make a full LP, you should be using OWNED music and not BORROWING music.

Marv

Amen  bruh, how is a work day for you in the studio?

J.R.
I wake up usually around around 7:30, make coffee and dive into my devotions. Then I get the kids ready for daycare and hit the gym. By this time its around 11, so I get a snack and hit the lab. I’m usually working from 11:30 till around 5 or 6pm. That includes recording, demoing hooks and melodies, creating tracks from scratch and sessions with other clients.

Marv

Is it hard keeping that schedule or are you pretty discipline in the area?

J.R.
I’m pretty much locked in that routine. Before gong fulltime in music, I worked 2 jobs on and off for 6 years, and I promised God that I would work it like a 9-5 if he ever blessed me with the opportunity. Sometimes I take an extra day off to go fishing or yard work, but I’m usually back on the grind the next day.

Marv

Amen fam, definitely life after music.  So whats the future for you as Artist? Any new projects coming soon? We been waiting since Murray’s Grammar lol.

J.R.
Lol. Yeah man I know. Truthfully, I’ve been consumed with producing because, thats what most of my income is from and once you submerge yourself in that role, it becomes almost impossible to take that hat off and go into artist mode. I have just now been super intentional about writing and recording again. I believe it was my first show since the grammy that has sparked that fre again. After 3 years of true metamorphosis, I know what I want to sing about in this season of my life and that has taken courage, prayer and observation.

Marv
Any last words to the reader?

J.R.
Yeah bro. All of my success I atribute to the grace of God. There is nothing that I own that he did not give me. If you want to be truly successful in anything in life, commit your way to the Lord and I promise you it will happen. Work hard, stay around strong and wise people and listen to the ear God gave you for your art. Listening to the consumer or media outlets will drain your passion and drive for any art form. Big thanks to all those who have supported my music over the years. I would not be where I am without it. One

Marv

Thank you so much for the interview fam.


Marv

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