5 & Done: Jahzel

Institutionalized inequity snatches childhood innocence and continues to slap many upside the head. As this somber reality reflects from sea to shining sea, Chicago’s Jahzel, challenges his pen to triumph for the have-nots. Whether depicting blighted blocks or kind caresses, Jahzel’s bars demonstrate a keen and evolving  perspective on life; The Wake Up is proof.

Your words harness a powerful perspective. Are you an MC who actually puts pen to paper or do you challenge yourself to do it all mentally; when do you know a track is lyrically finished?

Actually, you know, it’s all about the music. It depends on my situation. Like, when I was first starting off as an artist, I used to take the train a lot; so, I didn’t have access to pen and paper. So, I would write in my head. If I’m in the studio and I hear an instrumental that moves me—right then, I’ll put pen to actual paper and write it out.

That took me a long time to even get to that. That was a process in itself. Now, the way that  I write my music, is right then and there; I’ll rewrite it while I’m writing the full piece. So, I might change a line or two; when it’s done it’s done. But if I feel is not developing to the tone, style, or feel that I’m wanting to do, then I’ll dead the whole song completely and move on to the next one.

“John Stockton / Radio Raheem” is my favorite track. What I received is the amplifying of stereotypes while working to use your bars to dismantle Willie’s psychological shackles; very dope. Tell me about the track.

I like that. First the vocals on there, that’s one of my homies, A Cross. Shout out to A Cross. It started off as a hungry track. I wanted people to feel the hunger, the despair. At the same time, the ambition, a hustle—I know I’ve been dealt not the best hand, but at the same time I’m willing to make the most of the situation. I’m not waiting on nobody no more. I don’t care what anybody thinks; I have to go get it. So, that’s where we started with the vocals.

Then we developed it into, ‘Hey, I don’t care.’ It’s more of a lyrical I don’t care what’s going on I have to go out here and get it type of track. And that’s pretty much where the whole feel came from. So, I wanted to structure the lyrics around that. And still be an artist, as far as my structure and my artistry. I still wanted to tell that story and capture that emotion.

If material objects are ultimately worthless, why do so many sell their souls for empty items; how does one struggling with a diminished sense of self regain his inherent sense of worth?

Sometimes, I don’t think that people realize that. I think that we have a perception that when we make it of that success is supposed to look like. And a lot of the times that looks like having certain things—big car, big home—when you get it, it’s not until you get those things that sometimes you don’t realize that this doesn’t mean anything. Part of it is a problem with society. We don’t know a lot of things until you experience it yourself.

You have to go through it yourself. I went through certain things myself and I thought that this is what success look like.  I got a few things in there. I was like, ‘You know what, I’m still hungry. I still don’t feel happy.’ Overall, people just don’t know until they go through it. To others when you collect [material] things that’s what makes you look successful or happy, or whatever it is. So, but everyone wants to have material things. It would be nice to have a nice house. We know that’s not what life’s about. Life is about just being happy in general.

Truthfully, being successful in life is one, surviving and two, surviving happily. Everything we do in life is to be happy. We pick out our clothes that make us feel good, we look good; so, we are happy. We eat foods that make us happy. We go to work, it may not make us happy, but we earn money so that we can do things that make us happy. So, different strokes for different folks. I enjoy making art. I enjoy rapping and writing music. I’m living happy; I’m surviving. I think that what success is. The happier you are, I feel the more successful you are.

The Wake Up is complete. How would you describe the process from its conception to having everything mixed and mastered?

It was grueling process. People think that making albums is so fun; it’s dope—it’s easy! Hell no, you got to do so much sh*t! From the artwork, meetings about the artwork, arguments about the artwork—the name—at one time it was called, Vintage. Obviously, that didn’t stick and that was my idea. That didn’t make it. We changed it The Wake Up. There’s a process for every step. Each step must be refined. We even had to talk about the money involved. We’re indie; we aren’t millionaires. We don’t have expendable or loose money around. We don’t just spend money on whatever. We have a tight budget on things. At time that causes problems. Studio time is not cheap. Nothing is cheap and nobody is giving you anything for free. So, overall it’s a tough process to cut a project. That’s the best way I can describe it. It is unbelievably tough.

What’s next; until the next time, what would you like to share with AllHipHop?

[chuckles] First, I’m going to get in the gym and get toned up—get real righteous. That’s step one. Second we’re working on the EP. The EP should be coming out Spring or Summer-ish. It’s going to be pretty dope. I’m trying to lock in a lot of things for it. It’s going to be a special project. We’re going to be doing some shows at some colleges. We’re going to have more of a presence online, at colleges, and in Chicago. So, that’s what I’d say is what’s on tap next for us.

Stay in touch. I love AllHipHop. That’s one of the first blogs I ever rocked with, ever! AllHipHop was one of the few sites that was popping daily. That’s one of the first sites that I went to on the daily. I’m dope to even be talking to you guys right now. Holla at me on Twitter @JahzelMusic—same handle for Facebook and Instagram!

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Dame Dash Speaks On Funkmaster Flex Vs. Jay Z (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Funkmaster Flex’s verbal assault on Jay Z had a lot of people offering their opinions on the Hot 97 DJ’s decision to go at the Roc Nation boss. Jay Z’s former business partner Dame Dash was asked about the dispute during an interview with Hip Hop Motivation.

[ALSO READ: Funkmaster Flex Releases Second Rant Against Jay Z, “We Not Scared Of You” (AUDIO)]

“I just have to say this was the coolest I’ve ever seen Funkmaster Flex, and I don’t know where he got that from,” said Dame. “I thought he was honest… Whatever Hot 97 plays the rest of the country plays. So if there’s a mentality that Hot 97 has – I think there will be a mentality that will follow. So I think the statements that he was making were impactful, because he was implementing a mentality.”

Dash goes on to add he does not believe Jay can respond to Flex, because as a corporate entity Shawn Carter adopted the corporate tactic of not bringing attention to issues that would not put him in a good light. Dame specifically mentioned the allegations Jay had Dipset’s music banned from the 40/40 Club.

“I just think there’d be a lot of questions that haven’t been asked before,” Dame stated. “Now if Jay does an interview they have to ask him, ‘Is it true you don’t let Dipset play in 40/40?’ And if that question is not asked, then it’s phony.”

[ALSO READ: Dame Dash Reunites With Kanye West At BET Honors 2015 (PHOTOS)]

Watch Dame Dash’s interview below.

Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: beef, Dame Dash, Funkmaster Flex, Hot 97, Jay-Z
Source: All Hip Hop

Did Nicki Sick Thugs On Her Ex?

LOL! I love the idea that every time somebody talks slick, they get checked by some mysterious, overseeing, iron-fisted THUG COLLECTIVE. So, Safaree did a lot of talking and he was pretty clear that he did some of the writing for Nicki Minaj or at least was a part of the collaboration.

Well….weeks later, he has decided to fall allllll the way back off of that. So, yeah. I have no idea if he actually sent the thugs, but he sure changed his tune.

Source: rhymeswithsnitch.com

9 comments:

Anonymous said…

STFU!!!!!

Anonymous said…

Well in the interview he said that. He’s not changing his statement. He said he was there and he helped with ideas and beat selections. He even went as far to say all artist get help in some way or another.

But I still think he’s down playing his role in her success. He did more than what he’s claiming.

Anonymous said…

838 I agree He a humble guy and love her and dont want to be a bitter Floyd like mayweather. He had alot to do with her,we will see in the next few months how she starts to fall because her REAL Support is gone

Anonymous said…

We know you wrote for her Safaree. It’s okay boo. We know you still love her, and want to keep the doors open in hopes of getting back with her and her money. We get it. Most rappers have ghost writers. Ask Drake.

Kiki said…

That allowance was about to be cut off that’s why he feel he needs to “backtrack ” the words that came right out his damn mouth. Shame on you fool.

Anonymous said…

I guess the check just cleared for Safaree.

vdilla said…

Who? What? Why?

Scrumptous Bomb Diggidy Darn Good Honey Buns said…

shut safaree, you aint nobody

Anonymous said…

Hunh? Either Suffering is bi polar, a liar, or he now realizes you don’t bite the hand that feeds you! Nobody ran with bs or misconstrued his words. If he is wondering why people are going with “I wrote most of Nikki’s rhymes” statement, he doesn’t have to look further than his interview where he made the allegations!

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Migos’ Manager Explains $1000 Donation To Atlanta School

(AllHipHop News) Migos caught heat on social media after the Atlanta rap group posted a picture of a giant $1000 check to their Instagram page. The Internet blasted the “Versace” rappers for the low donation to Booker T. Washington High School and for uploading the image to IG.

[ALSO READ: Instagram Users Blast Migos For Posting $1000 Check Online]

XXL reached out to Migos’ manager Coach K, and he revealed the donation was officially from the group’s label Quality Control and not from Quavo, Takeoff, or Offset. K also stated the stop at Washington High was part of a citywide tour.

Instagram and Twitter users were not the only people to throw a few comedic shots at Migos. The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne The God named the group “Donkey Of The Day” for what he saw as an overhyped publicity stunt that backfired.

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[ALSO READ: Lil Wayne Made A Surprising Collaboration Track With Migos Titled “Amazing Amy”]

Filed under: News Tagged: Charlamagne The God, Coach K?, Migos
Source: All Hip Hop

Master P Checks Charlamagne Tha God During Interview (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Master P was not having any of Charlamagne Tha God’s shenanigans during his sit down with The Breakfast Club. The radio host made a comment about No Limit artist Mercedes’ body, and P took a moment to check Charlamagne.

[ALSO READ: SPOTLIGHT: Master P & Money Mafia]

“There was a No Limit product in stores every week. Except for Mercedes,” said Charlamagne. “We never saw that, and I always wanted to see that cause she had a fat ass p***y.”

Master P replied, “Hold up man, don’t talk about Mercedes like that… She ain’t family, but still though. With all my people, you know how I am. We good. You know how I get down.”

The interview continued, but the “Make ‘Em Say Uhh!” rapper went back to Charlamagne mentioning Mercedes.

“Let’s go back to this. It’s respect, cause I’m not gonna talk about your sister, your mom or nothing,” P told Charlamagne. “That’s the first thing. I know you do your radio thing, and I respect that. But at the same time Mercedes, she’s a female.”

“My fault. You’re right. But she did look good on that cover though,” added C Tha God.

[ALSO READ: Charlamagne Tha God Addresses Azealia Banks Calling Him A “Coon”; Warns Against Riff Raff]

Watch the clip of the exchange between Master P and Charlamagne Tha God and video of the full interview below.

Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Charlamagne Tha God, Master P, Mercedes, No Limit, The Breakfast Club
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Hip-Hop Rumors: Master P Checks Charlamagne During Breakfast Club Interview

Master P stopped by for a visit with Power 105.1 for an interview and addressed a number of topics including beef with Cash Money, working with Lil Wayne, who has custody of his children, his brother C-Murder and new business ventures.

P may be a business man, but he proved he still aint for that bulls*** when Charlamagne made a slick comment about one of P’s lady friend Mercedes.

Notice that it wasn’t just once that P checked the radio host, who usually has a lot more words for celebs who visit the show…

Filed under: Rumors Tagged: C Murder, Charlamagne, Charlamagne Tha God, lil boosie, lil wayne, Master P
Source: All Hip Hop

Snoop Dogg Stars In Eat24 Super Bowl Commercial (VIDEO)

With Super Bowl Sunday on its way, the hilarious and head-turning commercials are rolling in. Eat24 has unveiled thier commercial spot ad which features Snoop Dogg and comedian Gilbert Gottfried.

With help from Gottifried, The Doggfather schools viewers on the side effects of being ‘hangry’ (hungry + angry) which are hallucinating, uncontrollable yelling and hating your pants. To address these symptoms, Snoop recommends ordering from Eat24.com, an online ordering service that is available around the clock.

Peep the commercial below and tune in to the 2015 Super Bowl to watch the Seattle Seahawks face the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m on NBC.

Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: eat24, gilbert gottifried, Snoop Dogg, super bowl 2015
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Kanye West Talks His Adidas Deal, Having More Kids And Premieres ‘Only One’ Video (VIDEO)

Kanye West swung by The Ellen Degeneres Show and not only dished on marriage and his Adidas deal but also world premiered his new video for his Paul McCartney-assisted single “Only One.”

When it comes to marriage, Kanye says Kim K has changed him for the better.

“I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more which is something you have to understand when you partner with people in business and I’ve learned how to shut up more,” he laughed. “I think I’m a better human being because of her and my daughter. [I have] something for me to not only to be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family, because there’s things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people, or for culture, in a way. So now, I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family that I have to protect, too.”

When Ye’ went on his infamous interview run in 2013, he went on rants about big corporations not giving him a chance and being blind to the fact that he was a visionary. He says that now he is partnered with Adidas he has more creativity to express himself through fashion.

“There were so many things I wanted to do with film with clothing and I just didn’t have the words or the resources or the backing or the perception that I could do it being I was I was a rapper and all these things. With this Adidas deal they’ve allowed me a little bit of Oxygen. Adidas allowed me to make my own clothing line which is something I wanted to do.”

When it comes to having more kids, Mr. West says “I just want whatever Kim wants.”

Watch the “Only One” video below, which was directed by Spike Jonze and features only Kanye and his daughter North in the middle of a field on a foggy day.

Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Adidas, Ellen, Kanye West, North West, only one
Source: All Hip Hop

ASAP Rocky Talks Grieving ASAP Yams And His Role In The Film, ‘Dope’

ASAP Rocky is on an emotional roller coaster. He has a supporting role in the most talked about film at the Sundance Film Festival, Dope, but he also lost his best friend ASAP Yams two weeks ago.

In the midst of his grief he sat down for an interview to discuss how he got the role in Dope, which was recently sold to Open Road Films/Sony.

“I was helping Chanel with her lines, and there was one role where I was like, ‘Oh, this dumb kid, he seems a little interesting. I want to go for it,’” Rocky told The New York Times. “I was actually in London recording my album, and I figured I’d just send a video in. So I sent two videos, and they liked them. And two months later, when I flew to L.A., I met up with Rick and did an audition in front of him, and he just decided to go with me. To be honest with you, I was worried that I didn’t get the role. I was pissed.”

[ALSO READ: Film That Co-Stars ASAP Rocky Sells For $7 Million To Sony During Sundance Film Festival]

The Harlemnite also spoke about the future of his acting career, saying that he wants to earn his props and not be given roles because of who he is.

“I like sci-fi films. I like action-packed thrillers — with, like, conspiracy theories. If I’m starring in a movie, I just want people to understand that I’m not a celebrity trying to use his status to finagle his way into Hollywood, you know? I really want to start from the bottom.”

Flacko spoke about a few words about Yams as well, who was laid to rest earlier this week.

“I miss him,” he said. “Yams was my Yoda. He’s my brother. He left too soon, but I cherished every moment that I knew him.” He continued “All I can tell you is that A$AP Yams was one of the most influential hip-hop pioneers of today. I have him and Danger Mouse executive chef-ing this mystical magical piece that we call art, my music today.”

Read the rest of the interview over at The New York Times.

Filed under: News Tagged: ASAP Rocky, ASAP Yams, Dope, Sundance Film Festival
Source: All Hip Hop

Lee Daniels Wants Denzel Washington On ‘Empire’

With 15 million viewers, FOX’s new hit show Empire is the highest rated new show of the 2014-2015 TV season. One of the show’s creators, movie director Lee Daniels, is looking to pull in even more viewers. He’s trying to snag Denzel Washington for one of the show’s episodes.

Daniels posted a pic of him and the Oscar-winning actor on his photo map and wrote that he was trying to persuade the A-lister to guest star on the hip-hop drama.

lee daniels denzel washington

“Trying to talk this one into doing a guest star on #Empire,” he wrote under their us-ie.

Daniels recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Washington was impressed with the show and showed interest in making an appearance.

“Denzel hasn’t done television in 30 years.  But he saw the pilot and said, ‘I’ve got to be a part of this.’”

Empire has already been renewed for a second season.

 

 

Filed under: News Tagged: Denzel Washington, Empire, FOX, Lee Daniels
Source: All Hip Hop