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An interview with jimmy.

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What was your first introduction to music?


jimmy: My first introduction to music was my father. He used to be an MC as well and my mother was a part of a band. I didn’t even like music at first, but it became something I was natural at.


Dami: What inspired you to start rapping?


jimmy: I was always interested in rap but I was never the MC. I was inspired by works of OutKast at a young age. There was one night a Tupac song came on and no one will believe me for this but while I was watching the video, it was like he was speaking to me. This was back when I was 23. My life was hell. I was in all sorts of shit but for some reason that night, I listened to “That’s Just the Way It Is”. That’s when I truly got inspired. I was inspired but not to that extent at that point. I’ll never forget that night.


Dami: How would you describe your sound?


jimmy: Gritty, grungy, real. In some instances, it takes all aspects of music that are considered “dark”. Some of my biggest inspirations are Kurt Cobain and artists like ScHoolboy Q or ODB. My lyrics are honest yet poetic. My production provides a lot of low-keys and low end, and there can be some dysfunctional frequencies, while at the same time, I can be melodic and influenced by the mantra of a guitar. The lyrics typically always equate to that oceanic mood. The mood of always going with the flow. I like to consider my sound the storm within the calm. The inner demons that tend not to express themselves. I often let them out on record. That’s how I’d describe it.


Dami: What’s your creative process like?

jimmy: There isn’t one lmao. Honestly, the creative process is that I’ll hear a sound, start with a melody or flow. I then lay my first few bars down once I get the melody or the flow. 80% of the music I make is all free-formed thoughts or freestyles. I may take a swig of some drank or a drag of a spliff and I’m on the mic. In some of my upcoming work, this process has been applied. I can’t wait to share it with the world. It’s been a while since I released.


Dami: What’s your relationship with lucidjason?


jimmy: That’s my lil bro, my compadre, my main man. We’re actually working on something special for the culture. We got something we testing out for everybody in the works at the moment but me and lucid have a certain chemistry that can’t be matched whenever we work in the booth. I have nothing but love for the kid and he has the same amount of love for me, so we just vibe on that level and the music is even more phenomenal. I got a lot of songs with him so ask him about the drops lol.

Dami: Can we know more about this special thing on the way?


jimmy: Well I got a lot coming out. I’m dropping an EP this year and my first album could come out later this year. Now I can’t unveil all the secrets just yet, but it’s been a long time coming. Just tell the people to look our for Testing and follow us at “testing.atl”. Some other things are coming as well. Shout out to the boy Spxke; me and him got something crazy too.


Dami: Any collabs on either?


jimmy: Been working with the 380 Gang on shit most definitely. Blvck Lvrd, Pyjign, TK, Spxke, kus.co. My boys Joe Kappa and lucidjason. Just know we tryna get shit popping out here in the south but we all coming different. With my own personal work, I got some special production and features but it’s at a minimum. Expect an introduction to jimmy. this year though. We coming heavy all year.


Dami: Who are your biggest inspirations?


jimmy: My biggest inspirations are Malcolm X, Bruce Lee, Kurt Cobain, Andre 3000, and most of TDE. Can’t leave out my mother and father. Without them, I wouldn’t have known this path, so I’m actually very grateful they had a son with this much potential. I’m inspired by legends and I aim to be one as well.


Dami: What moments can you classify as your career highs?


jimmy: My first show at the masquerade. Reaching one million views on Spotify. Those were two moments I think really set the tone for me to step my game up and take my platform seriously. I want to create more moments like that no matter what it takes.


Dami: What do you hope to achieve at the end of the year?


jimmy: I want to establish an actual connection that sets the tone for my future. Whatever that connection is, whatever that big moment is, I’m looking for it. At this point, it’s just anticipation. I’m putting it up to the higher being that it’ll work out.

Listen to “.Old Converse” by jimmy. HERE.

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