Today we are kicking it J.D. Artist, an R&B/Soul upcoming artist.
[Featured Track: Missing Me Ft. Tha Advocate]
HipHopLEAD: Whats good J.D. how is everything?
Just another day in the life of JD. All is good .
HipHopLEAD: For those that don’t know … how did you come up with the name J.D. Artist?
J.D. Artist: The name was easy, Ive had it all my life (laughs) . John D. Arist is my real name.
HipHopLEAD: Wow what a name. I wonder if your parents new you would be a recording ARTIST one day (laughs). Ok .. on your song “Streets Of Harlem” you reminisced alot of the 80’s and early 90’s. How has Harlem changed since then?
J.D. Artist: Harlem has become way more diverse since then. Its now a virtual melting pot . I also think because of this its become a little safer than when I grew up.
HipHopLEAD: Also, at the end of the song there was a brief skit where you heard gun shots and were yelling for your daughters to get inside. How often do those type of scenarios happen on the New York streets?
J.D. Artist: Not much nowadays but, when I grew up I remember seeing plenty of scenes like that. Even going to school stepping around the bodies of friends who had been killed. Crack had a lot to do with the violence back then. The crackheads stole and the dealers killed each other over customers. The customers got robbed by the crackheads and dealers. It was just crazy.
HipHopLEAD: Being your album is called “Story Of My Life”, how valid are these songs in transition to your life?
J.D. Artist: Every song has a direct link to someone or something in my life. Be it a feeling, emotion, or experience. I wasn’t always on the right side of the law either.
HipHopLEAD: What songs on the album do you plan on having a video for?
J.D. Artist: “Streets of Harlem” , “Missing Me” and definitely “Taking My Love Away”.
HipHopLEAD: When did you first realize you cover the “Womans Work”, song by Maxwell, so well?
J.D. Artist: When I was young, my mother and family would sing around the house. I was told that only Maxwell could do that song by a woman and I took it as a challenge. I performed it at my god sisters party and they liked it so I decided to redo the song (Video Below).
HipHopLEAD: Do you have an official release date for “Story Of My Life” yet?
J.D. Artist: Not yet, I’m not satisfied with all the songs and still have a few to finish. Soon though.
HipHopLEAD: Are there any features on the album?
J.D. Artist: Quite a few. Of course Tha Advocate, Killah Priest, Codizzle, and TreJae, just to name a few.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions out of the norm. We believe this helps the fans get to know you a little better… so here we go. Boyz 2 Men or New Edition?
J.D. Artist: New Edition cause without NE we wouldn’t of had Boyz to Men.
HipHopLEAD: Is the U.S. still in a recession?
J.D. Artist: Hell yeah, there are still no jobs for the minorities out there. And the jobs that are out there are out of reach for most.
HipHopLEAD: What were the golden years for RnB. 60’s, 70’s, 80’s,90’s or now?
J.D. Artist: I say the 60’s and 70’s where the golden years of true talent for RnB.
HipHopLEAD: What type of consequence do you think should happen to those 2 students from Rutgers who video taped there room mate having sex with another guy (and he killed himself after the embarrasment) ??
J.D. Artist: Well, I think they should be held responsible for driving that boy to killing himself. Although I leave the homosexual stuff to them, they still are people with rights to privacy.
HipHopLEAD: Back to the norm… Which song of yours is the best in your opinion?
J.D. Artist: I like “Taking MY Love Away” and “Streets Of Harlem” and” Best Friend”.
HipHopLEAD: In closing if you have any shouts outs or links to plug go for it.
J.D. Artist: Shouts to My family first, Jonai and Chyna , Snowie, and my Brothers. Also Tha Advocate, Killah Priest, Codizzle, TreJae, Tiny, Blayze, and Big Rome.