Dope Jacka Interview

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Oct 10, 2005
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T.JONES: “What goes on?”
THE JACKA: “I’m just out here in northern Cali, the bay area, f*cking with it tough.”

T.JONES: “You just released ‘The Jack Artist’ LP. Tell us about the album.”
THE JACKA: “It’s an album for people who love good music. I put my heart in it.”

T.JONES: “How long did it take you to record ‘The Jack Artist’?”
THE JACKA: “It took about six to eight months.”

T.JONES: “What is your favorite song on ‘The Jack Artist’?”
THE JACKA: “I don’t know. I listen to the whole album as one song.”

T.JONES: “Can you explain the creative process?”
THE JACKA: “I was trying to bring some pride back to hip-hop.”

T.JONES: “What song took you the longest to do? Why?”
THE JACKA: “‘Get Out There’ because I didn’t want to do the song.”

T.JONES: “What song took you the shortest to do? Why?”
THE JACKA: “‘Barney (More Crime)’. I love that beat. I just felt it. It was quick.”

T.JONES: “What is the meaning behind the title ‘The Jack Artist’?”
THE JACKA: “The jack artist is a n*gga who’s mastered the art of ‘jackin’, taking from people.”

T.JONES: “Rob Lo handles most the production. Was this intentional?”
THE JACKA: “Yes. If it wasn’t for Rob there would be no Jacka.”

T.JONES: “How is Rob Lo different from other producers you have worked with?”
THE JACKA: “He knows me.”

T.JONES: “How is ‘The Jack Artist’ different from your debut album?”
THE JACKA: “ It’s not really different. It’s just doper because it’s newer.”

T.JONES: “When writing lyrics, do you have the lyrics pre-written or a set theme or do you hear the music first?”
THE JACKA: “I hear the music most the time. Or, if I got a verse that fits that that beat, I’ll just jump on it.”

T.JONES: “How is your rhyme style different from others?”
THE JACKA: “It’s my own. I’ve been crafting my style for years. Me and my boy, Rob Lo.”

T.JONES: “Although for some it may be obvious, can you go deeper into what the name The Jacka means to you?”
THE JACKA: “It means nothing to me. But, it’s my nickname. I got it from jackin’ n*ggas.”

T.JONES: “How did you get involved with Mob Figaz?”
THE JACKA: “We all started from day one with Rob Lo.”

T.JONES: “How did you get involved with Artist Records?”
THE JACKA: “I put it together with Golden Mean Management.”

T.JONES: “They say that heroin (as opposed to cocaine), is a gentlemen’s business. Would you agree?”
THE JACKA: “Agreed.”

T.JONES: “How hard was it to leave illegal life behind to hustle music?”
THE JACKA: “It was easy. No one who’s real wants to hustle. So a way out is a blessing.”

T.JONES: “Although hustling drugs and music are extremely similar, what are some major differences?”
THE JACKA: “You’re legit. No one can stop you. You can’t get 15 to life for a hit song.”

T.JONES: “The song ‘Barney (More Crime) Remix’ features Cormega. How did you hook up with Cormega for this song? What was the creative process like?”
THE JACKA: “I’ve been knowing Mega for a minute now, when he first heard the song he put the original on the ‘Legal Hustle” album. He once lived that lifestyle, so the creative process comes naturally.”

T.JONES: “What hurdles or problems have you encountered?”
THE JACKA: “Jail, murder, baby mamas, all the shit.”

T.JONES: “When did you first begin making music?”
THE JACKA: “At 9 years old.”

T.JONES: “How were you making a living before or outside music?”
THE JACKA: “I wasn’t making a living I was just living.”

T.JONES: “How has your live show evolved? What is your favorite part of your live show?”
THE JACKA: “I love when I perform ‘Hey Girl Remix’.”

T.JONES: “What is your favorite way to smoke?”
THE JACKA: “In a blunt, in a car, or in the club.

T.JONES: “What is it like living on the West Coast? What is the hip-hop scene like?”
THE JACKA: “It’s tough, but as hip hop artists we get a lot of support.”

T.JONES: “Who are your biggest influences?”
THE JACKA: “Too Short, Slick Rick, 2Pac, Capelton, Sizzla, Bob Marley.”

T.JONES: “What was the last incident of racism you experienced?”
THE JACKA: “I can’t remember at the moment.”

T.JONES: “Death penalty. For or against?”
THE JACKA: “Against.”

T.JONES: “Where were you on the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you deal with it? How has it affected the music industry?”
THE JACKA: “I was in killa Cali. I was like, ‘Damn!’ It just made me more serious.”

T.JONES: “How do you feel about the US involvement in the Middle East?”
THE JACKA: “Wack. The U.S. is killing people that pray to God, all day every day.”

T.JONES: “Word association. I am going to say the name and you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said ‘Public Enemy’, you may say, ‘Revolution’ or ‘Fight The Power’. If I said, ‘The Beatles’, you may say, ‘Revolver’ or ‘Yoko Ono’.”

T.JONES: “Hieroglyphics.”
THE JACKA: “Oakland.”

T.JONES: “Jurassic 5.”
THE JACKA: “Jurassic Park.”

T.JONES: “50 Cent.”
THE JACKA: “Tattoos.”

T.JONES: “Eminem.”
THE JACKA: “8 Mile.”

T.JONES: “Jay-Z.”
THE JACKA: “Camel.”

T.JONES: “Atmosphere.”
THE JACKA: “Never heard of them.”

T.JONES: “Dead Prez.”
THE JACKA: “Struggle.”

T.JONES: “Pharcyde.”
THE JACKA: “Fat lips.”

T.JONES: “Phife Dawg.”
THE JACKA: “Check The Rhyme.”

T.JONES: “Gangstarr.”
THE JACKA: “I was raised like a Muslim.”

T.JONES: “Rakim.”
THE JACKA: “Microphone.”

T.JONES: “Lyrics Born.”
THE JACKA: “Light skin n*gga.”

T.JONES: “Necro.”
THE JACKA: “Internet.”

T.JONES: “Cormega.”
THE JACKA: “Queensbridge.”

T.JONES: “Curtis Mayfield.”
THE JACKA: “Dope.”

T.JONES: “Gil-Scott Heron.”
THE JACKA: “Don’t know him.”

T.JONES: “George Bush.”
THE JACKA: “America.”

T.JONES: “Who are some artists you would like to work with in the future?”
THE JACKA: “Sizzla and VP Records.”

T.JONES: “Who are some producers you would like to work with in the future?”
THE JACKA: “Neptunes.”

T.JONES: “What is the biggest mistake you have made in your career?”
THE JACKA: “Getting locked up.”

T.JONES: “What advice would you give to an up and coming hip-hop emcee?”
THE JACKA: “Grind every day, hard!”

T.JONES: “What do you think hip-hop needs these days? What is it lacking?”
THE JACKA: “Pride.”

T.JONES: “What song are you most proud of?”
THE JACKA: “Whatever is dope. It doesn’t necessarily got to be rap. Whatever is truly dope.”

T.JONES: “What CDs or LPs have been in your CD player or on your turntable recently?”
THE JACKA: “Black Uhuru.”

T.JONES: “Favorite movies?”
THE JACKA: “‘City Of God’ and ‘Shottas’.”

T.JONES: “If you could remake any classic hip-hop song, what song would it be?”
THE JACKA: “‘Teenage Love’ by Slick Rick.”

T.JONES: “What do you do when you are incredibly stressed out?”
THE JACKA: “Smoke incredible weed.”

T.JONES: “What are some misconceptions do you think people have of you?”
THE JACKA: “they think I’m light skinned.”

T.JONES: “How do you think that you have matured, evolved, or changed as a group?”
THE JACKA: “As the Mob Figaz, we all step up so we can go down as the best group alive.”

T.JONES: “In hip-hop, what kind of styles of styles do you see coming in the future?”
THE JACKA: “More industry bullsh*t. That’s all.”

T.JONES: “What is in the future for The Jacka or Mob Figaz tours? Remixes? Collaborations?”
THE JACKA: “I look lovely at the moment. Us and C-Bo are working on a new Mob Figaz album as we speak.”

T.JONES: “Any final words?”
THE JACKA: “Stay tough.”

Thank you JACKA!
Todd E. Jones