Life has been so full with the album, book and crazy tour we are doing so I haven’t had time to write myself so I thought it was time for another interview from someone that inspires me. Jasiri X has intrigued me since moment one and taught me SOO much through his music. I was so honored to do a song with him, and a video which you can check out at the bottom of the interview. He is a changemaker and I am so excited to continue to see his music open eyes and create action.
Q: How long have you been making music, and what was the moment that you remember deciding that this was going to be your life?
I started making music in the mid 90s. I decided it was going to be my life in 2010 when I quit my job and decided to become a full time artist.
Q: You are an activist, what started this fire in you?
I was raised in a household that upheld activist live Dr. King and Malcolm X, so that’s what started it for me.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you and would be surprised to learn?
At one point in my life I was a notorious weedhead. I think that would surprise people.
Q: Your music is a movement. I have personally learned so much and respect your work. Do you consider yourself a teacher and a leader? I feel you ARE, but how do you wish to be seen, and how do you see yourself?
I feel like a student more than a teacher, but I think I have a perspective that is different than what people are used to hearing. I’d rather be seen as a servent more than a leader.
Q: If you could only talk about one specific issue when you write, what would it be?
Love, it’s the deepest and most complex issue, in my opinion.
Q: What do you think hip hop music will be like in a year? Do you see content of mainstream hip hop going back to saying something about the state of the world? I keep hearing Lupe Fiasco’s “Around My Way” on XM and it gets me super excited…but i dunno if its on FM?
I see Hip-Hop moving toward lyricsim and consciousness. I think we’re going to see more depth and meaning in the music because that’s what people are yearning for.
Q: Who are your biggest influences?
Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy, and Nas.
Q: You and producer Rel!g!on are both originally from Vacouver, how long have you been working with each other, how did that start?
We started working together in 2009/2010. He sent me a beat for a project he was working on and we kept going from there, now we have a whole album.
Q: What are your goals, professionally?
To be able to make relevant, good music and help move the culture to more positive expressions.
Q: You often work with/talk to youth, what sort of impact have they had on you?
They keep me grounded, and aware of new trends, plus sharp lyrically.
Q: What are some hip hop artists you would like to work with in the future?
Nas, Lupe, Kendrick Lamar, also Wiz and Mac.
Q: What is your prediction for the election. I am not even sure I want to vote..I almost want that to be my vote….no vote.
I think Obama is gonna win big and I think it’s gonna cause a extreme push back from these right wing racists.
Q: If you were an oracle, what would your prediction be for the world in the next 5 years. Can we change this shit?
We are changing it. We don’t see the real impact we’re making cause it doesn’t get covered in mainstream media, but 5 years from the now this world will look completely different.
What can we expect next from Jasiri X?
My album “Ascension” on Wandering Worx Entertainment will be released very soon.
What advice do you have for other artists who are trying to get out a message and make a difference with their music?
Be willing to take risks, push the envelope, and stay true to yourself.
Don’t forget to check out our collaboration, “Notice the End”!!