IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – JAYY QUEEZY – CHICAGO’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Born in 1996 on the South side of Chicago, Jaquez R. Hailey “Jayy Queezy” is an upcoming hip hop rap artist that brings an honest and genuine sound to the music industry. He started by working with good friends and members of Arrogant Fame Productions, Travie, Kurtiss Berry and Chief Marco, they went to record at local engineer D. P. Thurty’s studio, he then encouraged them to take their music more seriously because of their unique sound.  Jayy Queezy says this about his sound, “The music is my life story, how I feel about my life now and how I would like my life to be. What I been through already and what I would like to go through in the future. That is why my expressions can’t be judged unless you know the background behind them.”

In June 2015 Jayy Queezy kicked off his career when he released his first video and song “I’m Just Livin Life the Remix” featuring Donny Konz. Touch of Daz quote “Chicago rappers, Jayy Queezy and Donny Konz, pair up for Jayy’s remix to I’m Just Livin Life, this is a song that you can turn up to wherever you are, whether you are in the club, a house party, the car or house, you won’t stop repeating the catchy chorus after hearing it. View the video for “I’m Just Livin Life” below.” http://touchofdaz.com/2015/06/25/im-just-livin-life-remix-x-jayy-queezy-ft-donny-konz/.

Jayy Queezy later appeared on various mixtapes beginning in September 2015, a few are:

  • “I’m Just Living Life” featured on Stardom Magazine’s 2nd Annual Mixtape on DatPiff
  • “What You Mean” on Bangers Of The Week #9 with over 20,000 plays on Spinrilla hosted by DJ Fiestaboii
  • “Life Ain’t No Game” on Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes Presents: #Nextup Vol. 314
  • “Real Nigga” Feat. Polo Gambino was placed on Europe’s Vittek mixtape in May 2016 which lead to the single being showcased on 70 radio stations in 20 different countries

Jayy Queezy was interviewed by Colorado based internet radio station Rhythm Rave Radio in August 2015 and have multiple songs consistently being played on their station like “Makin Noize” Feat. Travie and his peace song “It Don’t Matter.” Also in August Jayy Queezy’s hard core rap “Life Ain’t No Game” placed number one in Daily Hip Hop Jamz song contest and the grand prize was a blog interview.

Jayy Queezy appeared on the remix track “Winning” with recording artists Donny Konz, Ill Phill and major recording artist Katie Got Bandz in September, 2015 which is available for listening on YouTube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, and more.

Jayy Queezy’s next video release, R&B song “Rider” also debuted in September and was showcased on Chicago Access Network Television (CANTV) every Wednesday during commercial breaks for the network’s popular teen show “Juke a Chicago Story” from December 2015 until February 2016 on Channel 25.” The music video also won 2nd place on the UK based website Beat100 as a Music Chart Winner. Numerous Gold A and R awards were given to the song as well because of the quality production and lyrics.

Armed with raw talent and sheer confidence, Jayy Queezy has what is needed to stand out in today’s competitive hip-hop market.  His flow, beat choice, and content place him clearly in the spotlight.  The rapper has an innate charisma which can be seen every time he performs. His city’s buzz machine is already crowding around him, and it looks like he has his sights set for big moves in the near future. Look out for Jayy Queezy!

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

JAYY QUEEZY: I’m from the South side of Chicago, Illinois, the beautiful city of great restaurants and heavily populated buildings. The city is also full of great talent, gorgeous people, vibrant personalities and exciting opportunities when given the right knowledge. Yet we do have our problems as all cities.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

JAYY QUEEZY: Music was always around me. My Grandma blasted Jackson 5 all the time throughout the house on the stereo. She introduced Pop music into my life; days sitting with my youngest aunt watching music videos from B2K and she introduced RNB into my life. As I got older, my cousin introduced rap into my life showing me music from artists Chingy, Ludacris, and Snoop Dogg. Guess you could say I came from a music-orientated household. From then on I chose to begin listening to music on my own. From there on music never left my life. I couldn’t go a day without listening to several different tunes and that hasn’t changed to this day. Since music was introduced into my life I always wanted to be an R&B / Pop musician but it wasn’t up until I got to high school that the course of my music journey changed. I started going through various harsh situations and I realized in order to tell my story through my craft the platform for my music would be Rap instead of R&B/Pop. However I did find ways to implement all three in my music which can be heard in my tracks such as Rider, On My Grind and Real Nigga to state a few. I learned how to play the flute before graduating from high school and learned how to write, lay down songs, position vocals, and position arrangements of beats in the studio last year. There’s still much more for me to cover and as an artist who genuinely loves hip-hop and music in general I have no problem continuing to learn.

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

JAYY QUEEZY: I love the creative process behind music and the end result of all the work put into each project. It’s even a better feeling when people can relate to stories in each of my songs. Whether it helps them cope with: a relationship heartbreak, the feelings of them seeing a love interest, the feeling of them being in love, a memory they had when turning up at a party, what someone is dealing with or dealt with in their life or when someone hurt them. I want to give them a story to relate to the feeling that person gave them.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

JAYY QUEEZY: My music consists of many topics. I discuss topics such as: how I’ve been beat by police, being robbed by groups of people, being targeted by groups of people as an enemy, and throwing turned up parties in houses and traps. My topics include being in love and being heartbroken. I speak about how I have trust issues because of the type of people I dealt with growing up, situations that I’ve been through and still go through because of me having a circle of friends who were genuine but lived the street life because of various reason. My songs are about me needing more money to create a better life for myself and the people around me, and how I would do anything to protect my girl, family and friends. I don’t glamorize nor degrade the situations I’ve been through in my life. What I do is lay my subject matter in my tracks in ways. I do it in a way that makes it possible for different people to perceive my music based on their background. I want to keep the music enjoyable and not obvious that my songs are direct stories based on my experiences.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?

JAYY QUEEZY: My music is for anyone who wants to have a good time, experienced harsh times dealing with the government, relationships, friends or strangers. My music has no definite age or location delivery, but I leave that up to the particular listener themselves and which genres that they find amusing. Fun fact, when I first started rapping I assumed my music would only be enjoyed by males and females in between ages 13-35. I recently had a show with someone in the crowd about the age of 50 jamming to my hip-hop song “Life Ain’t No Game” which leaves me astonished on how truly universal music is.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

JAYY QUEEZY: My music influences range from artists such as Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, and Eminem who have been around the Hip-Hop/R&B/Pop scene for many years and will be for many years to come. I am influenced because of their unique sound and business sense both behind the scenes of the creative process and during the end results. The influences extend to other extraordinary artists present today and that will be for many years such as Fetty Wap, Future and Drake. These artists changed the hip-hop scene tremendously over the last few years. I believe in change in music. More importantly you keep your music relevant to the times while still true to yourself is one of the most important factors in music and those artists each taught me qualities through me looking at their craft and their thought process musically and business wise.

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

JAYY QUEEZY: I would tell them my music is influenced by my life story by looking deep into my tracks people can understand my life and what I’ve been through. I always stay true to myself through my music. If I were to explain my music as a whole in one sentence it would be “The product of Jayy Queezy’s experiences and environment.”

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

JAYY QUEEZY: I keep my music authentic as possible to what I have experienced in life. My music comes from the heart and mind and not because of what’s trendy though sometimes the two situations may come together. I don’t only look at my brand from the music point of view but from the business point of view. With the help of my manager, we try to maximize the potential of each project and endeavor that I’m given the opportunity to pursue. I treat all members of my team as equal from my manager to producer to DJ. I’m well aware that “Jayy Queezy” and “Arrogant Fame Productions” isn’t a one man made brand but a team of hardworking people. A lot of artists have egos which don’t allow them to credit the people who helped them get to where they are now. Furthermore, I keep contact with my fans as much as I can because if it wasn’t for them I’d be nothing.

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

JAY QUEEZY: I have a few interviews coming up soon. One with Lexbshow.com and another with Café Con Leche Radio regarding my music. I will be a featured artist on CANTV show Underground321/BeatsToRhyme in which I will do a cypher, interview, and showcase my recent music video released. I have a few tracks coming out soon. One track is a R&B track titled “Trill” discussing the need for my love interest to take a chance involving herself with me as I have genuine feelings for her Another is a Hip-Hop track titled “Running through a Check” discussing how I’m starting to live the life I always wanted to live. My debut mixtape “Revival of Hip-Hop” hosted by DJ Fiestaboii is the latest of my current endeavors which will feature popular hip-hop artists Famous Dex, Katie Got Bandz and King Louie.

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

JAY QUEEZY: My career goal is to be a hip-hop icon remembered and played for decades. I want to open up a record label in which I can give opportunities to artists that put their heart and soul into their craft. I want to help them take their music to the next level. I wan to have a video game, cartoon, or book made representing my life or an aspect of it to further the perspective the fans get on me. I plan on creating my own clothing line. I want to partner with a company like Adidas or Nike in which I can work side to side with to make a clothing line that truly gives the buyer a sense of originality while being fashionable. I would also like to act while I’m pursuing my music.

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

JAY QUEEZY: My fans best bet of reaching me is through my Twitter at TheFamousJaquez or my Instagram page at balloutjaquez. And the main platforms that my music can be accessed on are Soundcloud, Reverbnation, YouTube, ITunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon Music and Spinrilla just search Jayy Queezy and from there the listening will begin.

 

 

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