IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – JUS RAZ – TEXAS’ HOTTEST STAR!

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IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

JUS RAZ: I was born in Romania and moved to Texas when I was 7-years-old. I currently reside in Denton, which is part of the DFW area in Texas.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

JUS RAZ: I’ve had an interest in all kinds of art forms since I was very young. My music background really began when I started drawing and painting. My dad was a musician when he was my age so that probably explains why I have a passion for music. I got into Hip Hop when I was a teenager, mostly because that’s what my best friend listened to. Seeing the Hip Hop movement was more than just music, it included break dancing and graffiti and all these were part of the same culture, and I loved every part of it. My drawings began to look very colorful and stylized and I would practice dancing in my garage multiple nights a week. I started as a fan of Hip Hop and now was trying to be a representative of it, so obviously, I was going to attempt to be a MC. It started as freestyles while riding around with my friends and then I tried to write my first song. Lil Wayne was my biggest influence at the time, so mixtape tracks were all the rage. Using a headset microphone and audacity, I recorded my first song to the “Knuck If You Buck” instrumental. It was terrible, but it was my first recorded song. I put it up on Myspace and started getting a buzz around the school, so I made a second track…and then a third…and many, many more. I improved on the quality each time I made a new song. Handling my own equipment, I learned to engineer, my own at least, and mix down tracks. Over time, I improved my equipment and my style and started working with other artists too. Through schooling, I’ve worked on my art abilities as well. I got my BA at UNT and started using my graphic design skills for my music profile and other artists, mainly for funding my music.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

JUS RAZ: I believe I’m something unique to the game. I don’t think I’m the best…cause there’s already a lot of dope cats just in the local area, but I do have something different. I think it’s more than just recording music, because performing at shows is like a drug! I make a lot of my music with intent that I’ll be performing it on stage at some point.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

JUS RAZ: Well as far as subject matter, I try to tackle it all. My music is often a reflection of my experiences, they are the easiest things to talk about. I think I’m a regular dude and I try to make music that regular people can relate to. I don’t want to be anybody’s idol, just respect me for my craft.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

JUS RAZ: My influences come from multiple genres. Some of the major Hip Hop ones right now are Curren$y, Big KRIT and MF Doom. I’m a fan of EDM so I find inspiration in music by Skrillex and Knife Party, as well as Death Metal bands like Emmure and Upon a Burning Body. My biggest influence has to be Michael Jackson.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

JUS RAZ: I make highly energetic Hip Hop music. I like to incorporate a lot of wordplay into my music, so I want fans to listen closely to what I say in each song. I like my voice sounding the way it is, so I don’t try to put too many effects, but I often ad-lib and add other effects in the background to make the a track richer.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

JUS RAZ: Although there’s a few in Romania, I’ve never met another Romanian MC in the US. My story is different from a lot of people and sharing that through my music helps separate me from others. I also have the ability to create my own graphics and visuals, and not many people have these skills. I may not be the best dancer in the world, but I incorporate that into my image as much as I can. To me it’s more than just making the music, I have to be an entertainer. I have to show that Jus Raz has that powerful energy from the music, to the videos, to the stage performances.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of your hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?

JUS RAZ: My biggest challenge was making those around me believe and respect that I wanted to be a real MC. Because of how I look, it was kind of hard to convince others that I’m a Hip Hop artist. So I worked real hard on my lyrical content and I let people underestimate me. I still face these challenges today, but I’m confident in my ability to prove that I’m an MC. I like it when people underestimate me because it ends up being those people who show the greatest interest in my music after.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are working on?

JUS RAZ: In February, I put up the Pen to Pad mixtape online and there’s a bonus track on it called “S2GH2” (Something to Get High to) which features local artist, Texas Finest. We’re pushing that as a single for the summer and we’re working a music video for that song. I have two artists that I mainly work with, Jone’ Music and Texas Finest and we are working on some collab mixtapes together. We’re not an official crew, we’re more focused on marketing ourselves as individual artists, but secretly we are The Regulators. I’ve been dropping hints in my music about The Regulators but I don’t think it’s something to release to public just yet. I’m also working with a producer from Cincinnati named Phresh Kyd. I found him online and did a couple of tracks to his beats and then I decided to ask him if he wanted to do a collabo EP. He liked what I created so he was down to start on that project.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

JUS RAZ: I want to be able to live well off my music and provide for my family. I’d like to get signed to a label that will allow me to fully express myself as an artist. I’m not looking for fame, but if you’re good, it comes with. I have a Bachelor’s degree and have the option of settling down as a graphic designer at a company but I have too much passion for making music. If I can feed my family and pay my bills on the music that I love to make, then that’s what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. Truth be told, if I’m not successful in making music 10 years from now, then I’m probably dead.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

JUS RAZ: Well it’s actually pretty easy. Google search “Jus Raz” and the first 10 links will be my stuff, having a unique name helps separate me from all the other artists. I’m always posting my newest music on SoundCloud and Reverb Nation, as well as other sites. I try to keep up with Twitter and Instagram and all that, but I don’t really have time to be posting everything I’m doing, I’m a very busy guy. Your best bet is to become a fan of the Jus Raz music page on Facebook, which I keep updated constantly. There you will find links to my music, art, video, and all kinds of events.

 

 

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82 COMMENTS

  1. Y’all don’t know about genuine hip hop artists until you’ve listened to Jus Raz. Old boy will have you questioning whether you’re listening to some hot new track by a big name artist or a local cat with heart on top of heart. You want garbage? Go somewhere else. You want some damn fine tunes to blast while you’re cruisin or at a party or just kickin it with your headphones in? Listen to Jus Raz. Don’t miss your chance to be able to say you knew about this dude on the come-up cause this one is gonna get big, no doubt about it.

    • I’m in full support of just as Raz as a unique talent and a true artist! He’s immersed himself in the culture of hip hop and has found his own voice within it, can’t wait to see what great things he will accomplish in this industry!

  2. Hip Hop is here, Jus Raz has been working and making tracks. Already many skillfull tracks from him. Jus Raz has the right mind to make a lot of good music. This is thoroughbred rap, Listen. Enjoy.

  3. I only recently found out about Jus Raz but I love his style–he’s gone through a lot of evolution in a small amount of time. Sky’s the limit for this guy and I can’t wait to hear what he does next!

  4. Jus Raz has been doing his thing for a minute now and has consistently improved and evolved his sound. Keep a watchful eye on him because he’s going places!

  5. If you all haven’t heard JusRaz yet, here’s your chance. This guy has started from the bottom and has been insanely moving up. I give this guy props and has been on my list of young hip hop/rap artist. This music is the kind that you can turn up to, get into and or relate too. I proudly support my home boy JusRaz. I ask those who haven’t yet heard of this guy to check him out and add him to your playlist.
    To JusRaz: Keep killin them tracks bro, music is where it’s at!

  6. JusRaz is dope as shit!!! Hands down one of the hottest new artists breaking onto the scene. With his unique style and ability, he consistently cuts tracks the f**k up!!! If you want some new flavor in your life, then be sure to check JusRaz out!!!!

  7. I’ve seen this guy grow a lot, both as an artist and lyricist. No telling where his music will take him as he continues to get better and master his craft.

  8. This dude is the real deal!!! got alotta natural talent. and his music just contnues to get better. Been listening for about 3-4 years now and can tell he’s been putting in work!! His music has always been good but lately he’s stepped it up quite a bit and i can definately see him going places. Raz has a unique voice and the best part of it all that his music is so original and keeps you wanting to here more. Im ready for some new music. Oh and by the way this ive listened to this dude freestyle before and he is crazy good at that too.

  9. Outstanding artist from denton who works hard and knows what he wants never stop pushing fro your goals and dreams

  10. What an inspiring upcoming artist! He has so much life and passion that you can smell it in his music. Jus Raz is definetly one of a kind and you can hear it in his music. Lets get him famous!

  11. Get this guy famous!! Been listening to his music for a long time now and it never disappoints, just gets better and better!!

  12. If you are looking for a great sound in Hip-Hop, look no further. Jus Raz is one of the realist people I have ever met who puts passion in what he truly loves doing. A real inspiration that proves hard work does pay off.

  13. Just raz is the next big thing for the industry. Style, rhythm and poise that this generation needs. Looking forward to seeing him on the main scene, a fresh face that we all can jam with.

  14. We need artists like Raz who put out hip hop that has a meaning! A real artist with real music!! Nothing better than that! You go Raz!! Keep your movement going! Mad props to you!!

  15. Yo underestimated is an understatement when talkin about JusRaz, this boy is one of the best Texas has to offer outa the whole scene and is gonna blow through in the next year. Right now he’s an underdog in the game but he’s pushin to the top so be on the lookout for homeboy I promise you won’t regret it

  16. This guy deserves to get to the top! His stuff is top A+, I’m excited to see where he goes in the future. Good luck to ya man!

  17. So you finally made it to the ladder. Still a long way to go I guess, but hey who doesn’t love a good challenge. Keep it up man.

  18. Grew up with this guy in Lewisville for a bit. Music goes hard turn down for what. Let’s see what he made of get it bub

  19. Have been listening to this guy for a long time now, and I can say that he has gone very far with his music and has a lot of talent. If you haven’t heard his music yet, now is your chance to take a listen. You will not be disappointed!

    Keep up the good work and continue to make great music!

  20. This guy is awesome!! I’ve been following him for awhile now! great lyrics, and talent. I can’t wait for his future achievements. Jus Raz is going places for sure!

  21. I knew Jus Raz from my high school days. He was always fond of music and wanted to make it in to the entertainment world. I pray your hard work pays off and good luck bro..you are an awesome artist…!!!

  22. I haven’t been a huge fan of hip-hop for a while now because I feel it lacks originality but that is exactly what Raz brings. His unique voice is a big refreshment and brings something new to the table.

  23. I’ve been listening to Raz for a while now and I have got to say he has what it takes to make it big. Keep up the good work homie!

  24. What an insightful article. Jus Raz sounds great and seems like a very driven and hardworking artist. Best of luck!!!!

  25. I grew up with this guy! He is definitely a man of many talents. My whole life he would acquire new interests and master them. But they were never hobbies, they became a part of him. So when you hear his music, it’s not some fake generic junk; it is the real deal. It’s Jus Raz! Proud of you man.

  26. I’ve known Jus Raz before he became Jus Raz! He’s been pushing out copious amounts of creativity since middle school…and that was when i only got to see his art work. As he has grown , that same creativity has blossomed into music and you can see the determination and creativity still there! Keep it up bud! And Great Music!

  27. if yall snoozing on jus raz you batter wake up fast. bruh got bars a real raw talent. stay on the look out for more to come from one of dwf’s rising stars, & go download that Pen to Pad mixtape

  28. His music is truly unique!! He works hard, and truly loves what he does!! He is rare talent, He will accomplish so much in the future! He is an amazing artist

  29. I’ve known Raz for quite some time now. He’s quite the character and has a unique style of music which reflects on how much raw taken he has. I wish you the best my man!

  30. Jus Raz is definitely on his way!! He’s completely authentic and has a story to tell through his music that’s definitely worth listening to. He has my full support

  31. if you have not heard any of Jus Raz’s music id suggest listening to Golden.
    the boy fires off like a m16 riffle and eats every piece of the beat. he uses words that other rappers find hard to rhyme with which sets him apart from all the other north texas artist. the song with Tx finest called S2GH2 is a certified banger. something to roll up and ride to. he has room for improvement like most up and coming rappers but at this rate im sure we’ll hear more great things from this guy.

  32. Never disappointed in Jus Raz music he puts out, it’s getting better and better. Once he gets his chance he’ll be in the stars and not forgetting about the little people that help him get there.

  33. JusRaz is incredibly dedicated and naturally talented. He’s going to do great things!! I’ll be watching for him on tv and listening for him on the radio!!

  34. Love his music! I use to go to high school him and have watched him scribble on paper to now actually recording songs. Great stuff!!

  35. I have known Raz for years, but I am constantly amazed at what all Jus Raz is doing to stand out in the Hip Hop industry. He is the total package…he creates great music, has incredible dance moves, and has the good looks! He fully understands what it takes to be successful with his career, and he lets nothing get in his way. Keep up the good work & trying out new things, Jus Raz, like you always do 🙂

  36. Jus Raz you are truly gifted, your lyrics are Dope, your style is Fresh. When I hit that lighter and turn up the Bass it’s your voice, its that beat, and that talent that hits… Your Unique Style tho… It keeps gettin better and better. Turn Down For What!!! <3

  37. Raz ! I am so proud of your dedication on producing amazing music . You have an amazing talent and I hope the world really gets to enjoy it ! Keep up the great work ! !

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