We are back with another installment of The Whole 9, and this time we chop it up with J.O Jetson. The Nashville-born, Minneapolis-bred artist recently dropped a video titled Andale, but gained notoriety for his KXNG Crooked collabo, Gain. Peep the interview below, and for more, hit him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
the9elements: How did you connect with KXNG Crooked? What was the writing and recording process for Gain?
J.O Jetson: One of my friends met one of his business associates on a flight home to Minnesota from LA. They connected and he told him about artist, J.O Jetson from Minnesota. He introduced me to them when I moved to LA and from there I established a relationship and asked Crooked about doing a collaboration on a song together.
I linked up with Hip Hop producer Supakuma and brought some beats over to Crooked’s studio. Basically sat back, vibed out to a couple of beats and picked one we liked and started mapping out the track. He was cool to work with, real laid back individual, very well in his craft and it was an honor to work with somebody of his caliber on a track.
T9E: One thing that stands out in everything we see and hear about you is that you’re having fun. How do you maintain the fun aspect of all this while still dealing with the challenges of the game?
JJ: Everyone faces challenges and hardships throughout life. You just have to remind yourself how far you’ve come and why you’re out here doing it. I guess it’s important to embrace the good times and stay in a positive mindset. You gotta let the challenges make you stronger instead of knock ya down.
T9E: What’s your favorite non-rap album of all time and why?
JJ: I would have to say Gorillaz. They have a very distinct and unique sound. They had crazy videos for their music and they never revealed their real faces. One song they had featured Del the Funky Homosapien, who to me is a legend in the Hip Hop world. Their music influenced me to think outside the box.
T9E:What do you think surprises listeners the most about you?
JJ: I would have to say people are usually surprised to see the depth that I have in my music because it’s hard to picture when hearing my music that I’ve been through a lot of things in my songs and writing. When you get a track from J.O, it’s real, no gimmicks.
T9E: Are you working on a new album? Who’s involved and how will it differ from the new records out these days?
JJ: I’m currently working on songs and an EP, I recently linked with Pudgee Tha Fat Bastard and Carlos Reid who works with AG Entertainment. Together we are creating a new sound that is strictly for the J.O Jetson brand and lifestyle so when you hear a song from J.O Jetson, it will be very distinct and unlike anything you’ve heard or that’s currently dropping.
They originate from the birthplace of hip hop which is the East Coast and they’ve worked with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop throughout their careers, including Biggie Smalls, DMX, and DJ Clue, to name a few.