J. Irja
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J. Irja

Dallas, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Dallas, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Hip Hop Pop

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"One of the MidWest's Hottest Female Emcees"

J. Irja shows out with her latest single “Goin Ghost”! This Club Banger showcases her powerful punchlines as she rides the beat with fluid precision! To top it off, the Music Video is off the chain! - Vintage Media Group


"testament to this girl's sheer will to break the mold and make her mark"

It’s always great to see a woman in hip hop who’s ‘doing it’, more than ‘shaking it’, and isn’t afraid to truly speak her mind (not what some label executive told her to say). Lyrically she is at the top of her game. - JamSphere


"Schemin Video Review"

J. Irja shows of a high energy rap style. The crazy style of video and ill flow is reminiscent of Missy Elliot or a Busta Rhymes video!!! - Vancouver Bangerz


"Video Review"

J Irja is back and better than ever! - Chicago Bangerz


"Exposed Vocals Interviews J. Irja"

J. Irja is poised to one-up herself with harder-hitting beats, increasingly intricate wordplay and gripping story-line visuals - Exposed Vocals


"A hot 16 with J. Irja"

"The hip hop artist has shown so much growth in all aspects of her music, from her lyricism to her stage presence and performance" - Dennis Wilson


"A Trendsetter and an Undeniable Force"

A lot of people clown or don’t take female rappers seriously and just straight up won’t give them a chance. And on hearing some of the lame rappers doing the rounds you cannot blame them. But one listen to the strength, depth and skill that J. Irja displays will almost certainly make you change your mind.

(more on the official soundlooks link above) - soundlooks.com


"Future of Hip Hop"

"It has been some time since I've seen this level of dedication. A perfect match for the future of hip-hop." - DJ Tre-hundered


"J. Irja"

"J. Irja shuts down the stage, every time." - DJ Pain 1


"Get Your Buzz Up"

"The Music Industry better be prepared for this hurricane otherwise known as J. Irja." - Shah Evans "Mr. Get Your Buzz Up"


"Live Interview With DJ ButterRock CX1DJs (4/13/17)"

DJ ButterRock interviews J. Irja Live on Radio (4/13/17) - DJ ButterRock


"On The Hustle Radio Show (Host)"

Full interviews with artists on certified BDS station with J. Irja as the Host of her own radio show - AUMA Radio


"Meet J. Irja The Sexy Psycho"

Today we’d like to introduce you to J. Irja.

J., please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My first memory is me on stage with a microphone in my hand, its like I was destined to do music. Growing up in Canada, I was aware of the struggles my parents faced with a seven-person family struggling in poverty, it was tough. I used to write music and sing songs into my TalkGIrl recording system as a release, an escape from all the sadness.

All through my youth, music was the only thing that comforted me. I was the awkward loner chunky immigrant kid with acne who didn’t ever fit in once we moved to United States. I used to skip lunch and classes to go to the band rehearsal room to play my flute & piccolo and write original songs. I was also published for poetry at a young age, it was about a kid who wanted to commit suicide, I just never told anyone that imaginary kid I wrote about was me.

I was tired of being poor and an outcast, I wanted to show myself and everyone else that I was a Boss, that I was awesome, that I could be anyone. Eminem really inspired me, I knew if he could grow to tell his story, that I could too. I used to sneak and listen to Eminem and memorize all his lyrics. I used to fantasize that I was on stage rapping my own words to an audience and sharing my story. After I graduated early, I decided I was going to go for it, all in.

I needed money, so I started dancing and traveling all over the country, funny enough I ended up in Detroit and as a little white girl in a really bad area it was ironic that it was there I started freestyling. I think thats what kept me alive in such a bad area, they saw some kind of spark and fight in me, they used to say, ‘man you’re like a female Eminem or something”

After that, I was hooked on rapping. I would practice and write all night and day and bust a flow for anyone who would listen. I fell in love with major fire spitting legends and studied their craft. I would listen to Twista, Tech N9ne, Busta, E-40 on repeat and rap until it was perfect. Everyone who ran into me saw the fire in my eyes. which was a good and bad thing.

I ran into a few really janky managers, who saw I would do anything to make it and took advantage of me. They extorted me and were very abusive mentally, emotionally and even physically, one of them even sex trafficked me, it was a horrifying and terrible experience that I can barely talk about even to this day.

But I didn’t give up, I used it as motivation to continue independently making move across the U.S. until I finally found a Manager who believed in me and is truly behind me. It was a perfect fit, my manager Kenny ‘Kinfolk’ Adams is the Street Team Leader for Strange Music in DFW and we got together and been moving full steam ahead since we met.

Together, as Team Sexy Psycho, we have recorded with major artists and just dropped the album ‘The Sexy Psycho Vol 1’ featuring Lil Flip, Paul Wall, Bubba Sparxxx, Bizarre of D12 and Stevie Stone & JL B Hood of Strange Music. It’s available on all streaming platforms. We’ve opened for Tech N9ne, Rittz, King Lil G and other majors. We also have Future collabs with Rittz, Twista, Gorilla Zoe, Caskey and more already recorded and ready to go.

Currently, we are working on videos from the first album and also putting together the second album and third mixtape. Plus, getting ready to officially launch the non-profit Female Empowerment Movement which we have been running for some time through donating and helping different causes and charities which help women and children who are in need which is inspired by my amazing daughter.

As you can see, we are on a mission and we are moving forward without looking back. We have a dream, chasing and turning it into a reality, step by step. The future is bright.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Looking back on my journey, at times, I’m amazed that I am even alive. I had two severe head injuries, the first one was in 5th grade which really added to my outcast status and made me feel so self-conscious, then another really bad one at 20 where one of my girlfriends smashed my head with a huge ashtray when she was blacked out. It was so scary, I almost died of blood loss that day and it impacted my mental functioning so sometimes, it’s hard to live a normal life.

In addition, I’ve been homeless on the street with no food or money, just the clothes on my back having to fend for myself, but I made it out. I’ve been robbed and gunpoint twice and literally saw my life flash before my eyes. I was sex trafficked by a man who promised to protect me and take care of me but all he did was extort me and take all my money.

I could go on and on because I have literally been through hell to get to this point, but I think the hardest part even through all of that has been mental, because after the abuse I endured at the hands of people I believed loved me, it scarred me for life. Sometimes, I have flashbacks and nightmares that are debilitating. However, I never let that get me down because I use it for fuel.

One of the major struggles in the hip hop industry is being a tiny 5’0″ female in a male-dominated industry. I have to work 10x harder than the men to gain respect, and I have to fight for every ounce of it. Many men are intimidated that I am a little white girl beating them at their own game, but that comes with the territory and makes every victory that much sweeter because I know I earned it.

But all of this is what makes me so strong and unwilling to give up. I am so thankful for my struggles because it shaped me into the warrior I am today, crusading for Female Empowerment and equality for all especially those who have been abused or have a mental illness or injury. So, the road has been anything but smooth, but I wouldn’t trade my journey for the world.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Sexy Psycho story. Tell us more about it.
The Sexy Psycho Brand motto is “Be You, Do You, No Apologies,” it is a whole lifestyle about motivating people to embrace their flaws, imperfections, and past and not be ashamed of it but to use it as fuel to become whoever they dream to be! I am so proud of the number of people I have been blessed enough to touch and inspire with my story.

The brand consists of my music, videos, and performances but is so much more and includes a whole line of merch including head to toe women’s gear and an expanding men’s line. Everything is available on the website www.thesexypsycho.com

The Sexy Psycho Brand is different from other companies in the outfield because we aren’t out to impress people, we Keep It ALL The Way Real! No Wishlist rapping, tall tales or any other embellishments. We are all about being who we REALLY ARE and not some image for the industry. Also, as a founder, I approve all designs for merch and write all my music lyrics myself. Pure authenticity.

Currently, we also have features for sale. For the artist who takes their career seriously and has a budget, I’ll get on your track and promote to my strong social media following. I will help you make a banger and help you get more of the attention you deserve for your music, gaining new fans in the process.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I have never had good luck. I’ve had to work hard for every break and piece of success I’ve gotten, literally. After working so hard, I deserve everything I’ve gotten and more. I’m excited to see what’s around the corner because I know I have earned a rising spot in my industry and I am remaining humble and open to accepting it. - Voyage Dallas


"Unsigned Hype: J. Irja The Sexy Psycho"

Came across a Canadian-born MC named J. Irja The Sexy Psycho that is putting in some significant grind time — and it’s starting to pay off. A hustler and all around a business-minded individual, her music isn’t just a white girl throwing words together trying to be down, it’s all shit she’s experienced first hand; delivered with rapid-fire bars that are impressive as hell.

She’s been through some real shit, like having to recover from two serious head injuries and living through a relationship with an abusive ex-manager.

Endearingly, though, she’s kept her career moving with her head high — forming a non-profit foundation (comprised entirely of women) called the “Female Empowerment Movement Militia” in honor of her daughter. Its ultimate mission is to uplift and motivate women to succeed and smash ceiling, shatter sexual inequality once and for all.

“I’ve been grinding for years and am finally starting to gain traction,” she tells AAHH excitedly. This grind is well-documented on her You-Tube, as she hits shows alongside acts like Stevie Stoned and Rittz and puts in serious groundwork during SXSW. - Above Average Hip Hop


Discography


Project Name: ALL Bangerz
Release Date: 2021

Project Name: The Sexy Psycho vol 2 (ft Twista, Gorilla Zoe, RITTZ, Caskey & more) 

Release Date: 2020


Project Name: 3SM (ft All Strange Music Artists)

Release Date: 2020


Project Name: The Sexy Psycho vol 1 (ft Bubba Sparxxx, Paul Walk, Lil Flip & More)
Release Date: 2019


Project Name: Blessed With The Curse: RELOADED
Release Date: 2017


Project Name: Blessed With The Curse 
Release Date: 2013
Hosted By: DJ Pain 1



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Bio

Canadian born Midwest Raised Jetsetter, J. Irja rose above horrific abuse, brain damage & mental health issues to breathe life into her brand Sexy Psycho. All of her music is inspired by her real life, & she writes every lyric she spits. A humble hustler full of perseverance, she truly loves everyone who connects with her song & brand. In her own words “You aren't fans to me, you’re Family” 


One encounter with J. Irja The Sexy Psycho and you’ll never forget her 5’0” dynamite frame that dons a striking head tattoo and boasts a powerhouse of rapid-fire, catchy lyrics and explosive stage presence. Her fans liken her to a “white girl Tech N9ne” and “female Eminem.” Platinum Producer DJ Pain 1 co-signs her performance by stating “J. Irja shuts down the stage - every time.” 


Her performance and music are both captivating, but perhaps the most intriguing thing about J. Irja is her music is all inspired but her real life. In her own words “EVERYTHING I rap is real, I’ve either been through it or seen it. I don't do fake, I don’t do ‘Wishlist Rapping’” 


The pain in her music comes from a lifetime of struggling, of turning nothing into something. She grew up in Canada in a poverty-stricken 7 person home and turned to small side hustles to help put food on the table. A major head injury in 5th grade caused major set-backs both mentally and socially for her, and she became an outcast. She shaved her head and joined the wrestling team, and after her parents disapproval, she went on to cheerleading. It was obvious that she was torn within between her masculine and feminine sides and she turned to her one true love for solace: Music. 


She became a published Poet young, and graduated early vowing to never struggle as she did growing up, so she turned to selling drugs and exotic dancing to funnel money into her music career. She fell into tragedy as she obtained another severe head injury and began an intimate and tumultuous relationship with an abusive manager who extorted her and preyed upon her one true goal: to make it in the music business.  


Having performed for 1000s of audience members, J. Irja is earning her spot as a major player in the Underground Industry and has opened for their artists Tech N9ne, Rittz, Jelly Roll, Stevie Stone, and MAYDAY. She has also toured in over a dozen states, sharing the stage with major artists including Twista, King Lil G, T-Pain, Do-Or-Die, Katie Got Bandz, Rasheeda, Bandman Kevo, King Louie, Hypno Carlito, and More. She is also constantly being booked in new markets and featured on new sites!


Recently she had a Featured interview on KCTV5 News Television in Kansas City & also on several FM stations including Blazin 98.5 Rush Hour Jam in Colorado!Her most recent Project "The Sexy Psycho Vol 2" is seriously putting her in the Game with features from LEGENDARY artists including TWISTA, Gorilla Zoe, Rittz, Lil Wyte & More. 

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