Jared Wesley’s unique sound comes from the fact for most of his childhood he listened to Alternative, Indie, and Pop music and wasn’t introduced to Hip-Hop until his late teen years. Due to his exposure to different genres of music, the fact he has never written a line it makes for a unique and unforgettable listening experience anytime you listen to a Jared Wesley record. His overall goal is to open the minds of individuals and make people more aware of the artistic element behind making Hip-Hop. His debut mixtape The Reinvention of “The Cool” Vol. 1 and his second mixtape The Reinvention of “The Cool” Vol. 2 are both out now.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
JARED WESLEY: The city and state of which are my origin is Valdosta, GA
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
JARED WESLEY: My music background consists of me learning how to play instruments at an early age such as the drums, some acoustic guitar and piano. I later then became introduced to singing through the church choir and as I grew into adult hood and I started as a producer first producing just instrumentals without drum patterns and later added drum patterns then as time passed I started rapping perfecting my craft and developing more as a rapper and started to produce less and focus strictly on rapping.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
JARED WESLEY: My songs have a multitude of topics, some songs touch on the topic of me being the underdog or people doubting my abilities, other songs touch on failed relationships, some songs touch on world problems such as killing, rape, etc., a bulk of my songs either consist of having fun or the complexities of my mind and my soul, and for the last topic I touch on is my view of me thinking I’m the greatest rapper alive.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
JARED WESLEY: As of right now my favorite song(s) to perform would have to be a tie between a song called Rippin N’ Rollin and a song called Happy Belated. I choose Rippin N’ Rollin as one of my favorite songs because of the speed in which I rap using a double-time flow which can’t be used my many individuals and the fact I used it through out the entire song shows my skill set as a rapper to a crowd or a first time listener and I choose Happy Belated because it tells my entire view of how I started out as a rapper to where I want to be as a rapper in the future using a series of witty word play through metaphors, similes and double entendres
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
JARED WESLEY: I would have to say the reception I get from fans whether it’s a comment from somebody saying I give them hope for hip-hop again, or somebody else saying I’m there new favorite rapper or just somebody saying that your great and there impressed I think that never gets old and I’m such a humble person it just makes me work ten times harder so I won’t disappoint those people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
JARED WESLEY: I have a lot I would have to narrow it down to MF-DOOM, Outkast, Jay Electronica, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big L, The Notorious Big, Tupac, Kid Cudi, The Hieroglyphics, Pink Floyd, and Aaliyah
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
JARED WESLEY: Classic Hip-Hop sound with new school flows and a fusion of jazz production and experimental production
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
JARED WESLEY: My originality and creativity from the way I rap with many different flows and distinct voice pattern, to the passion of my raps you can hear in my voice, to the icing on the cake which is my choice of production and great ear for music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
JARED WESLEY: I would like to see two major things changed the first is lack of originality from the artist the majority of the artist out now try to copy other artist in hopes of duplicating there success and ultimately hurt themselves in the long run due to lack of longevity and also stunt the genre from reaching its maximum grow potential. Another thing I would like to see changed is from labels is to stop chasing singles and signing artists because you think they have a hit single, we are in the digital age now to were the best artists can be seen through mixtapes, YouTube, etc. and sell more records, you can no longer try to force radio hits down a listeners throat and force them to buy an album they won’t do it, the majority of fans now in days want to be emotionally invested in the artist they are buying into like a Kendrick Lamar or J Cole and care less about a radio hit, if a record becomes a radio great if it doesn’t it does not mean the artist won’t sell. In conclusion give the artist like myself, Kanye West, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar who can make a concept album a chance and not have to wait so many years it always pays off for you guys.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
JARED WESLEY: I have currently finished my third project titled 3 (EP) and it’s an concept album complete with skits that continues down the journey through my mind touching on longevity in hip-hop, self acceptance, my first time rapping, my decision to be the greatest rapper of all time, my respect for Kanye West, destroying every rapper lyrically, love and prostitution, death, and my burden to continue rapping no matter how hard life gets, with a bonus track touching on my thoughts on the death of Michael Brown. In addition I’m starting the beat selection process for my debut album titled Fate.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JARED WESLEY: My career goals consist of me selling millions of albums with at least half of my releases known as classics, becoming known as one of the best rappers of all time and in the processing inspiring and influencing people in a positive way like my favorite artists did for me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
JARED WESLEY: My fans can access my music and contact me through my social media and two mixtape links listed here.
Debut Mixtape: The Reinvention of “The Cool” Vol. 1
Second Mixtape: The Reinvention of “The Cool” Vol. 2
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