JAY ROYALE

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND | JAY ROYALE

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND | JAY ROYALE

INTERVIEW: TERRELL "REALIFE" BLACK

VALIDATED: AS A BALTIMORE NATIVE, WHAT'S YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF HIP-HOP CULTURE?

JAY ROYALE: UM, MY EARLIEST MEMORY WOULD HAVE TO BE THE ACTUAL CYPHERS HELD AT THE "CRAZY JOHNS" ARCADE THAT WAS DOWNTOWN! THE JOB CORP N***** WOULD GET DROPPED OFF AT THE ARENA ACROSS THE STREET ON THE WEEKEND AND I WOULD SEE THE OLDER EMCEES REALLY WRECK SHOP. IT WOULD BE ALMOST 50 N***** ALL WANTING TO RHYME! IT WAS NEXT TO A STRIP CLUB (ELDERADOS) SO THE CHICKS WOULD CHECK IT OUT AND ALL THAT! I KNEW WHAT I WANTED TO DO EARLY ON. I WANTED TO EMCEE YO, WORD UP!

 

VALIDATED: GROWING UP WHO WERE SOME OF THE LOCAL RAPPERS YOU LISTENED TO FROM THE B'MORE AREA?

JAY ROYALE: I ALWAYS KEPT MY EAR TO THE STREETS WHEN IT CAME TO MY CITYS HIP HOP SCENE. THERE WERE A LOT OF CREWS THAT WERE RUNNING AND GAINING BUZZES WITH THEIR TALENTS. UMMM, THE ARABS, N.E.K., 50,000 HEADS, SUNZ OF SEVEN, DURDY HEARTZ... JUST TO NAME A FEW.

 

VALIDATED: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE B'MORE HIP-HOP SCENE CURRENTLY?

JAY ROYALE: EARLIER ON I THINK THE HIP HOP SCENE WAS WAY MORE HUNGRY DUE TO THE FACT THAT THERE WAS NO INTERNET OR SOCIAL MEDIA TO FABRICATE THE ARTISTS! YOU COULDN’T PAY FOR VIEWS OR SUGAR COAT ANYTHING! YOU HAD TO SHOW AND PROVE AND YOU HAD TO HAVE SKILLZ! NOW I THINK THE HIP HOP SCENE HERE IS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER CITY! SOME CAN RAP AND SOME CAN’T BUT EVERYONE IS PUSHING FOR NUMBERS, VIEWS AND S***.

 

VALIDATED: YOU WERE NOMINATED AS "BEST UNDERGROUND RAP ARTIST" AT THE "BALTIMORE CROWN AWARDS" BECAUSE OF YOUR TWO COMMERCIAL RELEASES "CROWN ROYALE" AND "THE DECLINE". WHATS YOUR REAPONSE TO THE BUZZ THESE TWO PROJECTS HAVE CREATED?

JAY ROYALE: I REALLY TRY NOT TO GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL THAT AWARD STUFF. IN MY CITY THE SAME CATS WIN THE SAME AWARDS FOR THE SAME S***. BEING NOMINATED FOR SOME S*** ONLY MEANS THAT THEY SEE YOU GRINDING. THOSE AWARDS ALREADY HAVE NAMES ON THEM BEFORE THE CEREMONIES. LOL

 

VALIDATED: YOU'VE SHARED STAGES WITH HIP-HOP LEDGENDS LIKE REDMAN, METHOD MAN, BOOT CAMP CLIK, RAKIM AND BALTIMORE HEAVYWEIGHTS SUCH AS SKARR AKBAR, DIRT PLATOON, GREENSPAN, LOONIE MOORE, DAMOND BLUE AS WELL AS NEW YORK’S OWN ANIMAL PACK AND DETROIT’S OWN GUILTY SIMPSON OF RANDOM AXE. WHAT MAJOR JEWELS DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THESE PERFORMANCES TO HELP YOU EVOLVE AS AN ARTIST?

JAY ROYALE: GREAT QUESTION! I REALLY JUST STUDY MAN. I’VE SEEN SOME OF HIP HOPS BEST GO ON AND KILL S*** AND DO GREAT STUFF MAN. IT’S BEEN SUCH A BLESSING TO SEE SOME HIP HOP LEGENDS COME OFF THE STAGE AFTER KILLING A SHOW AND JUST TO FEEL THAT ENERGY IS OUT OF THIS WORLD! THAT BACKSTAGE LIFE IS DOPE IF YOU ARE A FAN FIRST.

 

VALIDATED: YOUR NEXT PROJECT, "THE IVORY STOOP", WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT?

JAY ROYALE: MY PROJECT "THE IVORY STOOP" ACTUALLY GAINED ME MY FIRST CASSETTE DEAL, VINYL DEAL AND HAS REALLY OPENED A LOT OF DOORS FOR MY CAREER.

 

VALIDATED: WHICH ARTISTS ARE FEATURED ON THE PROJECT?

JAY ROYALE: UM, I’VE GOT JOINTS WITH GRISELDA’S OWN BENNY THE BUTCHER, CONWAY THE MACHINE, MY BROTHER ILLCONSCIOUS AND MANY MORE DOPE SPITTAS ARE ALL FEATURED. REAL DOPE S***!

 

VALIDATED: THE ALBUM WITH HIP HOP ARTIST ILL CONSCIOUS, ENTITLED "THE TUTELAGE", HOW DID THE COLLAB COME ABOUT?

JAY ROYALE: MY BOTHER ILLCONSCIOUS IS ONE OF MY CITIES SHARPEST EMCEES. WE’VE GONE BACK AND FOURTH IN EACH OTHER’S JOINTS FOR A WHILE NOW AND WHEN THE STREETS TELL YA WHAT THEY WANTED FROM US WE DECIDED TO GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANTED. WE GOT SOME DOPE S*** TOGETHER MAN, WORD UP.

 

VALIDATED: WHICH PRODUCERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THE PROJECT?

JAY ROYALE: UMMM, GOT MY BROTHERS RAY SOSA ON DECK, MIKA DOUGH, BALTIMORE’S OWN J LIVE AND A LOT MORE.

 

VALIDATED: WHEN CAN THE FANS EXPECT THESE PROJECTS TO DROP?

JAY ROYALE: "THE IVORY STOOP" IS AVAILABLE NOW! "THE TUTELAGE" PROJECT IS COMING EARLY 2019.

 

VALIDATED: YOUR REMAKE OF BIG L'S CLASSIC "EBONICS", WITH A B'MORE TWIST, WHATS YOUR REACTION TO THE BUZZ SURROUNDING THE RECORD?

JAY ROYALE: AWWW MAN, I SALUTE EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED THAT JOINT MAN! REMAKING A "BIG L" JOINT TAKES A LOT OF SKILL AND COMES WITH A LOT OF "BARBERSHOP TALK". REST IN POWER TO THE HARLEM LEGEND.

 

VALIDATED: YOUR RECORD "WALK WITH A GUN" FEATURING ILL CONSCIOUS AND CONWAY, WHATS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND IT?

JAY ROYALE: GRIMEY A** BARZ! WE ALL WENT CRAZY ON THAT JOINT! I LOVE THAT S*** YO!

 

VALIDATED: AS A HIP-HOP ARTIST, WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO THE HIP-HOP CULTURE?

JAY ROYALE: I FEEL LIKE MY RESPONSIBILITY AS AN EMCEE IS TO PUSH FOR THE BETTERMENT OF HIP HOP PERIOD HOWEVER I CAN.

 

VALIDATED: WHAT DOES 2019 LOOK LIKE FOR JAY ROYALE?

JAY ROYALE: I’M VERY EXCITED FOR 2019. YOU CAN CATCH ME PENNING VERSES FOR SOME VERY DOPE S*** COMING OUT OF EVERY CAMP I’M CONNECTED TO.

 

VALIDATED: WHERE CAN THE READERS SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR MUSIC ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA?

JAY ROYALE: I’M HEAVY ON IG (INSTAGRAM) AND FACEBOOK, BOTH ARE @JAYROYALE BUT YOU CAN ALSO SUPPORT MY BANDCAMP, SOUNDCLOUD AND YOUTUBE ENDEAVORS BY ALSO TYPING IN JAYROYALE.

 


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