The DMV is a hot bed of talent, particularly in hip hop. Several names in the DMV have been buzzing lately, one in particular is newcomer Jay IDK. With a firm grasp on who he is and what his generation need to hear, he is not ashamed to make his message clear, and deliver it his way. His road to artistry has been a winding one but now that he is here, he is staking his claim and ready to take his generation to another level.
You have such a unique name, please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us what your name means.
Jay is short for my first name Jason. IDK stands for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge BC that’s the only way our generation will listen.
You have only been rapping about a year, what motivated you to become an artist?
Hearing the Big Sean Jay Z and Kanye Track “Clique”. It made me wanna create my own version, which I did, and the response was crazy so I continued to write and make music. I never thought I would take it seriously, it was just for fun.
Listen to the “Rap God” freestyle:
How were you first exposed to music?
When I was about 8 my mother bought me my first CD player with a Jackson Five CD. The following year my uncle got me a “Get Rich Or Die Trying’ Bootleg that opened my eyes to hip hop music.
Do you remember the first time you performed? Where was it and what was it for?
It was an open mic at the University Of Maryland.
“Sex, Drugs, & Homework” is coming out soon. What can we expect from the project?
The name is pretty much explanatory. It’s basically the story of my life prior to rapping. Its something anyone who is in or has attempted college will relate to. When making it, we did our best to put you in the seat of a student that hates school but loves college, If that makes any sense lol.
Watch the “In My Life” Video:
How did you come up with material for the album? What is your creative process like?
Wrote and recorded over 200 songs within a 1 and 1/2 year period. All of them were during the time I was in school, so they pretty much fit into the concept of the project.
When you are in the studio, how do you know a record is made for you?
It’s something that’s hard to explain. It like a connection that I have between the song that pretty much tells me that that song is “IT” That and the fact that I listen to it 1000 times over and over again, lol!
Who are some artists you would like to work with in the future?
Eminem, Kanye, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Q Tip, The Gorillaz are just a few.
What do you want the world to know about you and your music?
I will soon be the voice on my generation.
How can everyone keep in touch with you?
Twitter/IG: @Jay_idk and JayIDK.com