IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What City and State where you born in?
JRIGGUH: I was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The home of the UAPB Golden Lions and the coldest Marching Band in the land (M4)! My Mom was attending that college while pregnant with me. The story is I was born at Jefferson Medical Center in Pine Bluff and the doctor who delivered me, his father delivered one of my mother’s oldest sisters’. I’ve lived in about 4 states but I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and Texas.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your musical background?
JRIGGUH: I’ve been writing and free styling since the age of 8. Through my rap music I was able to stay sane by getting rid of all types of negative energy. My mom always told me that I had “something,” and as long as I put God first I could do and be anything. I’m from a long line of musicians starting with my Great-Great Grandfather John Foote. He was a Jazz musician and he played with some of the greats like William “Count” Basie. My mother played flute and alto saxophone in the band, and her sisters and brother also played instruments. My Pa-Pa played alto and tenor saxophone since he was a youngster. When he was in his 20’s he played in a band called The Hi-Fives and later they became The Super Stars. His mother was a singer and majored in music. When it was time to do class schedules in middle school my mom said, “You need to get in the band.” So I did. I chose the baritone horn in my middle school band. I remember my mom asking me, “Why did you pick that instrument?” I was pretty good for a beginner but my love has always been rap music! I’ve been around music all my life. It’s just in my blood.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
JRIGGUH: I want to record and release my own music because I have something to offer the industry. There are people out there that need to hear what I have to say. I know it’s somebody who needs some sort of release, and my music can be that outlet. Music is just in my blood! When I’m writing, I feel a certain peace that can only be expressed through my words. Sometimes I’m laid back and other times I’m turned up!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
JRIGGUH: My songs are about hard times, dealing with my mom’s addiction, love, peace, and partying! I hope to motivate people through my songs and let them know that anything is possible.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
JRIGGUH: My fan base is directed towards anyone who has ever had to struggle with anything or not. You can be a young adult to a more seasoned adult. My music is for everyone who wants to vibe and find their true inner self. I wear many different hats and I can relate to anyone. My music is very diverse.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
JRIGGUH: My musical influences are my Pa-Pa, my Mom, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West. These individuals especially my family inspired me to follow my own dreams, and be as creative as I wanted with my mind’s eye.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
JRIGGUH: I would describe my music as laid back at times and other times turned up! I’m a man with many faces and my music displays a sense of club music mixed with some soul and funk!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist?
JRIGGUH: What makes me stand out from other artist is the mixture of sounds that I bring into my music and then produce it all in one song. Once I’m on, I’m on…no one will forget me. My music will go down in history. In 50 years people will still be talking about “JRigguh!”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you’re working on?
JRIGGUH: Some upcoming projects I’m working on currently are a 10-track mix tape hopefully to be dropped by April 4, 2014 called “Alter Ego.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JRIGGUH: My career goals are to be known as one of the greatest Hip-Hop artist to ever surface. I’ve always seen myself performing live at the Grammy’s after receiving one.I would also like to branch out to being a business owner with my own brand called “Alston’s Favor”- A women’s Lingerie Line.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
JRIGGUH: My fans can access my music and hit me up at reverbnation.com/jrigguh and also join reverbnation mailing list on that same page.
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