We're super excited to bring to you LVD's first ever Artist Spotlight Interview. This week we had a chance to chat with rapper Jay Verze.
With quite the resume having worked with Rickie Jacobs and StarrZ, and sharing the stage with Fabulous, Tory Lanez, and Wale, Verze is carrying the torch for the younger emcees coming out of Baltimore.
Keep reading to find out what Mr. TwoElevenSeventeen thinks is one of the biggest misconceptions about Baltimore, which local musicians he's checking for, and what he likes to do when he's not making music.
Who: Jay Verze
Live: Owings Mills, MD
For those who have never heard your music before, how would you describe your sound?
I honestly don't know if I could... I got more of a smooth vibe but I can still give you some hard shit at the same time.
If you could pick one song of yours that showcases your sound, which song would you choose and why?
Probably my song "Coast." I feel like that's one of my best put-together songs. The production was A1, The hook is crazy, I guess I was rapping some kinda fly shit on there... [Laughs] but most importantly it just gives off a cool laid back vibe that brings people together.
What do you think your music is contributing to the genre?
I feel like it's contributing to the constant evolution of music, just as all music is. Music will never stop changing, and my job as an artist is to keep creating to keep the game evolving in general.
When did you realize that you wanted to make music and when did you start to take it seriously?
When I was like 7 or 8. I realized I could actually go somewhere with it probably around my 9th or 10th grade year of high school.
Which one of your songs should people listen to if they want to get a glimpse of who you are?
I'd have to take it back a couple years and say "Life Through My Dark Shades" off my "LTMDS" mixtape.
|Life Through My Dark Shades|
What are your thoughts on the Baltimore rap scene?
To put it in sports terms, I feel like we the underdogs that's a game or 2 out a playoff spot. We close to getting in but we still got so much work to do.
Being a Baltimore native, what would you say is the biggest misconception about our town?
To keep it short and simple, I don't know one person from Baltimore who can go outside of Baltimore and not get asked "Is Baltimore really like the wire?" I'm from Owings Mills and I still get asked that shit haha.
What motivates you to do what you do?
Knowing that my purpose in life is greater than myself. God blessed me with a mind to think and a voice to speak those thoughts so I would be crazy not to use it when I could possibly change the lives of the people around me and others.
Other than yourself, who are some of your favorite Baltimore/DMV artist that people should look out for?
Shwaze Collins, Mack Scott, Rickie Jacobs, Boodah, Deucifer, Ne$to... the list could go on forever, those just a few names. Salute to all the artist in the county.
You recently performed with Tory Lanez and Wale at Coppin State University's homecoming, where can people catch you performing next?
Catch me live at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center in Baltimore, MD Saturday, May 21st. Tickets on sale now..
Finish this sentence: When I'm not performing or making music I'm...
Thinking about what I'm finna eat next.
Lastly, what can we expect from Jay Verze in 2016?
More vibes and possibly an album.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Make sure you go check out my latest music video, "Feelin Important" and download "The Vintage EP: 1995"
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