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Scotch Plains, New Jersey, United States | INDIE

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"INTERVIEW:J.BIZ"

INTERVIEW: JBiz
Posted by DJ Sabby on September 28th, 2011
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It’s been a while and finally I got a hold of him. His new and a budding rapper in the world of Hip Hop and currently he is based in the United States of America.

Jonathan Russell a.k.a , J Biz, is an eclectic, high energy, “feel good” musical rhyming talent, who has recorded some of the most incredible show stopping songs for the hip hop genre. Born in Bronx, New York and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, his journey began with a love for writing lyrics that paralleled both his and his friends’ experiences in life. He draws his inspiration from energy and a love for people and the hardships to triumphs we all live.

Jonathan was once quoted as stating, “im trying to put out music that not only benefits to my self content but also places joy, emotion and inspiration in the hearts of the listeners.”

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Whats up J.BIZ?

My spirit and energy’s up. Besides that everythings cool. Thanks for the opportunity. Pleasure to do this interview with you.

The name JBiz, how did it come about?

That’s a good question. The name honestly came about through my aunt, who was always calling me jb….not sure why lol…but one day hearing it and putting the J.BIZ fully to it… it changed my perspective and honestly inspired me to live up to the name and make it powerful. Make it mean something! J.Biz

Let’s talk you and life in the Bronx and moving to Plainfield, New Jersey?

My life in the Bronx, NYC was shorter experienced because I moved from there at an early age to Plainfield New Jersey. This was quite a switch because the Bronx NYC is such a different environment, but because my roots are throughout many different places, I embrace them and share them in my music. The Bronx NYC is like a mecca to hip hop so I am proud to know I started from there n continue to represent everywhere i go. BX salute! Jerz up all day!

When did you start doing music?

I started doing music in about 1998. As the years progressed, so did my delivery, style, content and ambition. I soon learned how to write full songs and channel my thoughts and feelings into music.

Do you still remember the first record that you recorded and what inspired it?

Yes I actually do.lol throwbaaaack! It was called “Anything”. I remember it was a sample from the older Broadway play “Annie get your gun”. The saying “anything you can do I can do better” stuck out to me. So I got it sampled, added some wordplay and lyrics to it and made it a pretty dope 1st song.

You have recorded 3 E.P’s and the most recent release being Goals Wins and Victories (G.W.AV.) What has been the goal with your music thus far?

To keep evolving, keep contributing to making good music. Keep giving people what they deserve-Quality.

What drives your music career?

My family, My vision, My dedication and my dreams.

Looking at the hip hop scene right now, internationally which sound is making love to your ears?

Honestly, there’s no sound in particular to me. I am just loving the evolution of music. It’s almost everyday you see new boundaries being broken and that’s awesome. So I’m experiencing love at first, sound more and more these days.

Still on the hip hop topic, Nigerian star-D’banj just inked a deal with Good Music headed by Kanye West. Who have you heard from Africa and you wouldn’t mind working with?

I read about his deal and def hats off to him and hope he goes very far with it. I like the music that im hearing out of South Africa. There’s much life, content, and soul inside of it. I got a chance to hear the music of JR. He made this record “So Hot” feat Tee Pee that was pretty fly. I also came across an artist named JOZI. there’s a sound he has called motherland krunk. I love seeing people make their own sounds so im checking his music out too. I would like to get deeper into the music scene of Africa but im working on making that possible.

When you look at guys like Young Money who are currently running the Hip Hop scene and this is proof with their positioning on charts. Whats your take on their music?

My take on young moneys music is pretty simple. Im not really a fan of Young Money’s music but I tip my hat off to their grind, hustle and accomplishments. I like the foundation they have amongst each other. That may not be what I listen to it but I see what their doing. And the fact that many others can see it as well is what matters. Much continued progress to them.

Ayt, cool – we met on twitter if I am not mistaken. How has the social network scene helped you musically?

Yes we def did. It’s been a pleasure. I see social networks as a big help in my career. I embrace what the social networks have to offer because each network is a platform to socialize with individuals and possibly future supporters of your music. It gives you a way to really see your music’s impact as well as who identifies with it.

Future plans from J.Biz?

More Goals, More Wins and More Victories

See you when you are in South Africa or when I land that side?

ABSOLUTELY. The motherland is calling me. I can’t wait to be there. and whenever you heading out to the east coast in the states…ESPECIALLY NEW YORK CITY/NEW JERSEY!!! ..MAKE SURE U CALL ME. ME AND THE TEAM GOT YOU! SALUTE!!!

No problem JBiz will be hitting you up soon man, check out one of his songz below and feel free to comment on the interview. - DJ SABBY OF SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO STATION YFM/ DJSABBY.COM


Discography

"RIDE WITH ME" DEC 2011

GOALS WINS AND VICTORIES THE EP-2011

MIXTAPE RELEASE-JAN 2010-GET WITH A VISIONARY

SINGLES

"RUBICON"
"ALL NITE"
"COME ZONE OUT"

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Jonathan Russell, known to the music industry as J Biz, is an eclectic, high energy, “feel good” musical rhyming talent, who has recorded some of the most incredible show stopping songs for the hip hop genre. Born in Bronx, New York and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, his journey began with a love for writing lyrics that paralleled both his and his friends’ experiences in life. He draws his inspiration from energy and a love for people and the hardships to triumphs we all live. Jonathan was once quoted as stating, “im trying to put out music that not only benefits to my self content but also places joy,emotion and inspiration in the hearts of the listeners."
He has recorded 3 E.P.s, and his most recent release- Goals Wins And Victories(G.W.A.V.). From his early start of performing throughout the NJ and NY club & lounge scenes, his success has led him to perform at BET’s 106 & Park live show, the Giant Stadium State Fair, multiple RIX Magazine venues, Wall Stadium, Bam Margera’s Skate Park, and has won him play on multiple NY/NJ local radio stations down to Atlanta (Boss Lady Ent. Show). Backed by a growing domestic and international following both through online sites such as Reverbnation, Twitter,facebook,myspace and as his own website WWW.JBIZJERZUP.COM. He is the co-owner of L.G.I.T. Ent. (Let’s Get It There Entertainment), both a label and a multi-faceted team of entrepreneurs, artists, and aspiring young individuals working to better not only their future, but also the future of MUSIC. In addition to being an artist, J Biz has also been a co-producer of a music and news station, Jerz Up Radio on WWW.HEARNEWBRUNSWICK.COM, which streamed worldwide on the internet."I feel successful already because I am fulfilling my goals and aspiring everyday. I am gaining fans and touching people with my music. If I had the money that many are paid for this craft it still couldnt replace those genuine things that I have experienced thru my music." In early 2012, J Biz is planning to organize a tour for his release,GOALS WINS AND VICTORIES and increase the influence of his L.G.I.T. label. Stay tuned as J.Biz continues to inspire minds to believe that anything is possible once you decide to drive your dream. WE ARE DREAMDRIVERS!!!!