IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
J.NORM: I am from Philadelphia, PA
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
J.NORM: Lyrical hip-hop, relative rap
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
J.NORM: My songs are mainly about my past, present, or future. I also use people who I know and have gotten approval from to use their stories of life to create songs. I lie to rap about politics, poverty, issues in general would be best sum it all up.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
J.NORM: My favorite song to perform would have to be “Crazy” because it gives me the chance to step out of my usual bar spitting element and be really energetic and interactive with the people I’m performing in front of.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
J.NORM: My biggest surprise was that it’s more to it than just being good. I had the idea of if I dropped some hot bars it would be nothing to blow up. And finding out that it’s not that simple really opened my eyes more and I had to learn the business side of music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
J.NORM: Old School hip-hop mostly guys like Rakim, Kool G Rap, 2Pac, Sugar Kill Gang, Kool Moe D, Kurtis Blow, L.L. Cool J, and the great RUN DMC. I like Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem and Kanye West as more of my of age influences.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
J.NORM: I would describe it as just what it is, It’s me it’s the way I see the world and the way I want to express myself and the people who don’t have the voice to speak out for themselves. My music is something that you feel and rewind over and over to get all the underlying metaphors or meanings. It’s educational and fun for the mind.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
J.NORM: I feel like I stand out more because I am truly different from anything you get in the rap game right now. The level of creativity I put into a verse is deep very deep it causes you to want to hear more. I make people challenge themselves and I surprise the most obscure doubters I have with the lyrics I create. I believe rappers even artist in general are not going as deep into the thought process as me. Plus I am versatile I can switch my flow to any beat never being the same constant 1,2 step.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
J.NORM: I want the force feeding crappy music to stop, I want the artist to actually reinvent themselves and stop mimicking to make it. The huge thing about back in the days you couldn’t say a song sounded like the one you heard before it and everyone had a distinct sound. Now you swear that song you just heard was something you just heard like 5 minutes ago.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
J.NORM: I’m working on my first actual mixtape too release titled “Possible Change” then my first album to be released titled T.E.N.S. which is my late brother’s initials.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
J.NORM: My career goals are to work with some of the top artist in the world, everything from Legends to Up and coming. I want to be running my own label with my own artists to produce after having a successful run of my own. If 10 years is too short of a time frame for me to get to running a label I want to at the least be making the type of money that supports me and my kids for the rest of our lives. With good investments and sponsorship deals that have a lasting future.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
J.NORM: My fans can access my music right now through a few different links and contact or interact with me directly through these sites.
Tube me https://www.youtube.com/my_videos?o=U
Stalk me http://instagram.com/j_n0rm
Follow me https://twitter.com/J_N0RM
Hear me http://www.reverbnation.com/JNorm
Cloud me https://soundcloud.com/j-norm-music
Like me https://www.facebook.com/J.N0RM
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