J Shap is a young hip-hop artiste who is highly motivated to make music that would stay with the listener for a long time. His musical influences include; Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Milo, Tyler the Creator, and Juice Wrld..
He started making music at the early age of 13, this has helped him to shape himself and perfect his craft. Currently, he has over 15k plus monthly listeners on Spotify, J Shap keeps making to stay up to date, to keep up with the expectations of his listeners. With the type of music he makes, he aims at paving his own way without external influence.
His latest release IDGAF proves his prowess in music-making. The song talks about moving on, moving on after a failed relationship. He puts all his emotions into the song.
In a recent interview rapper, J Shap made some exclusives and dived into his personal life, he also went on to talk about his dreams and aspirations.
Enjoy IDGAF while you follow the interview below;
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What is your stage name?
Is there a story behind your stage name?
I made an Instagram account in high school called jshaprap and now everyone just calls me J Shap hence the stage name.
Where do you find inspiration?
Life, People, and Music. I can’t write a song if I force it I have to take real life experiences and use that to fuel my music.
I’ve also started expanding my genres outside of hip-hop and listening to lots of indie rock, hyper pop, neo-soul, Alternative R&B, jazz, etc;
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Early in my life played the double bass and guitar. However, my brother was a super talented musician, and I was never supposed to be the family musician, but here I am today.
Music, specifically writing rap, helped me through a lot of difficult times as a child. I started writing after I broke my back and could no longer play soccer.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Yes, my brother and father are both talented musicians. I consider my mom to be artistic too since she is a great photographer.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I think the biggest influence I’ve had to project myself into the music industry was my first manager senior year of high school. He introduced me to the music industry, the people within it, the lifestyle, the way to carry myself, and of course the hardships.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Funny story the first concert I ever went to I snuck into with my friends at a college nearby where I live. The artists performing were ty dollar sign and Mac Miller. Now, Mac is one of my greatest influences for sure.
How could you describe your music?
Real, Raw, Authentic.
Describe your creative process.
I tend to get the instrumental then write about whatever the instrumental makes me feel. However, recently I have been freestyling a lot of my songs.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I admire Kendrick Lamar; he stays away from drama and focuses on his craft. His writing is brutally honest and true to himself. He’s not afraid to open up personally on a song but would never spam opinions and thoughts on social media.
It keeps him mysterious and makes me even more intrigued to listen when he drops music.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Absolutely, my style is still evolving as my ear grows and changes and as life moves and progresses so will my sound.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I see myself as my main competitor. The only one who can make me fail is myself, whether that’s because I am too distracted by university, having health issues, or personal problems.
However, I have an extremely strong drive and passion for music which makes it difficult to fail.
What are your interests outside of music?
Working Out, Meditation, Poetry, being outdoors, hanging with friends, Soccer
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I would be an Astronaut.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Finding time to record and mixing music professional with not the best resources.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I think it would be to encourage more uniqueness and less commercial conformity.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
I chose DGAF because it’s a common acronym and obviously I don’t want a curse word in the title.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Release, Release, Release!! A few videos too J.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I recently have created a song with an artist out of Rochester, New York by the name of TheKidSzn.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
I’d like to tell my fans stay weird; I love you guys! Be patient I got a lot on the way!!!