“JusThoughtZ has an ambition that smolders within. The Atlanta based emcee molded by New Jersey’s art scene has a rich musical lineage embodied in his name, James Sims IV. His eclectic musical background inspired Jots. JusThoughtZ is now preparing for the commercial release of Break The Day, which promises to be a mosaic of sounds from golden age Hip Hop to jazz, rock, and progressive electro. With the power of his music and his pen, JusThoughtZ honestly unveils introspective compositions on pain and hope, and the land in between.
“A lot of the zeal for a better life came from my father who passed away a week before my 8th birthday.” A young JusThoughtZ was left with his father’s duffle bag full of tapes from Hip Hop’s pioneers. Albums from A Tribe Called Quest to Smif-N-Wessun became a portal to the roots of Hip Hop and ultimately his own. Between his father’s tapes and his grandmother’s 2,000 plus record collection of gospel and early R&B, the seeds of JusThoughtZ destiny was planted. His first steps was writing letters to heal the tension with his mother and the fatherless void that marked his childhood. After reciting poetry in a packed home studio full of varsity football players, JusThoughtZ faced a silent room full of glistening eyes. Norfolk producer MaddBeatz was at a lost for words, but he stumbled upon a memorable appellation: “He has an old soul. I’mma call you JusThoughtZ.” Just like that, a career was born.
Since then, JusThoughtZ has established himself as a spiritually conscious lyricist who captures the thoughts and feelings most try to conceal. He’s made noteworthy appearances such as his poignant “HELP US!!!” feature on Jerrell Johnson’s breakout mixtape Dream S.O.D.A. (2012). A natural observer as an emcee and photographer, JusThoughtZ sums up his mission for his forthcoming album Break The Day in one profound statement: “I want to be like Jesus, and be completely human, while fully acknowledging God’s presence within and without.”
If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that when the support is real, it’s real. The homie Sicily breaks down some pretty ill news on what’s going on with her since she’s signed to SnackBarSounds and new developments on her album. Probably one of the best interviews I’ve sat through without feeling like I wanted to turtle slap someone afterwards lol.
Ps. Check the 42:00 mark .
On Social Mobility.
On Social Mobility.
“Birds have wings; they’re free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.”
- Roger Tory Peterson
Songs like this is the reason why you might want to treat your woman right.
You know, “Talk That Talk”, but walk that walk as well.
It’s that real.
Soul brother #2 right here. J.Nolan and The Manifest Movement with some footage of their recent trip to Charlotte, NC where they met some prominent Hip Hop contributors by the names of Nottz, Khrysis, Eric G, Supastition, and Hezekiah. J.Nolan is a guy you’ll definitely want to get to know. Be on the lookout for his upcoming album “Distinction”.
For now #DistinguishYourself , and get familiar with his work at the links below.
Ps. What song is that at 3:23?
Every once in a while I’ll come up on a song that really speaks to my soul and challenges the way I think. The song “Can’t Say” by J.Givens is one of those songs. At first listen I was almost tempted to just sit back and enjoy it as JusT another great record from another great artist, but I couldn’t. Givens’ lyrics married Evil Needle’s instrumentation on this record. He doesn’t “kill this”,”murder that”,”destroy”, “beasted” or anything of the sort. He married the record. His delivery and choice of production shows wisdom, a wisdom that is found to seep into his lyrics.
It’s easy to associate his use of “her” in the first verse with the chorus “can’t say that name its a secret”, add the “him” in the second verse, realize this is over a smooth” track, and think “BOOM, this is a love song”. And you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a song about love, but it is not a love song. This song delves into the parts of the publicized trends within the Christian faith that says “If you aren’t screaming, crying, shouting, dancing for Jesus, then you’re hiding him and are ashamed.”. While this isn’t explicitly spoken, people are often treated as if the latter were true. We can’t equate being loud with being zealous, or being active with being effective for the cause of the Gospel.
In this song, Givens speaks of the wisdom in “living like Christ” in order to expound upon the “glory within Christ”. Our words have much more depth and weight when our actions are aligned and outnumber them. Developing intentional relationships and practicing tact with one person for the sake of loving them like Christ is more effective than establishing multiple relationships with people that never break past the surface of their veneers. We do care about the number of souls that are led to the King, but far more the quality of life that is produced in those souls.
In this song the message is clear; though we are willing to die for the Gospel, it’s much easier to spread it while living” lol. While we are never called to deny our allegiance to Jesus, we are called to love people and practice wisdom; in some cases it means being lambs amongst wolves. The fear that’s instilled in the Middle East over spreading the Gospel is very real. The bodies piled up outside on their city streets serve as a constant reminder of the seriousness of the call. While it’s hard to grasp the thought of living in a land where becoming a Christian is punishable by death, this song serves as reminder to check what we really measure our faith by. Is it the length of our prayers? Is it the advances of technology in our services? Is it the anthems we produce? Is it the rallying, the protests, the arguments over social media, tattoos, Christian apparel, the events? Are these the things that will serve as demonstrations of our love and concern for the lives of our brothers and sisters across the globe?
Or is it something more tangible, intentional, and connected.
In the attempt to reach the hearts of man, it is important that we understand their need for a Savior, while recognizing the outward consequences of doing so. It’s a call to compassion towards their respective situation.
This song serves to check our idea of what being “on fire for Christ” really means.
It’s not about the volume our words are spoken at, but the volume of the intention behind them.
Going the extra mile.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Man…it’s so much more than music.
I’ve been traveling a lot lately for no specific reason other than to see what’s out there. On my recent expeditions, I’ve found myself having a lot of time to unwind from the pressures of city life and think about the direction in which I’m headed. Having unwound the tapestry of the world’s finesse, it became apparent that I’ve grown. A lot.
My temperament for situations that lie out of my power has become placid. I’m not as unsettled as I used to be.
The desire to change the world has subsided. The desire to change my world has come to the forefront.
In traveling I’ve begun to see how and why people get frustrated by the monotony of their day to day lives.
8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of busy work, which only leaves you 8 hours to explore who you really are.
Subtract the time you use on the Internet (be honest) and other sources of entertainment, school, other business ventures, and you begin to see that 8 hours really looks like 45 minutes of self-reflection a day.
How much of our “personality” or “personal reality” or “self-image” is based upon evaluating a fraction of our lives?
For instance, some people only evaluate how they handle things when they’re fortunate, others when they’re misfortunate, some not at all, which in the end means you might be 3 completely different people given the situation.
For me internal conflict has always arisen because I’m doing so much without really giving thought to how its affecting me.
Let alone how it affects others. So by the time I’ve finally made it to a destination, I look back over the trek and often say to myself “How in the world did I get from there to here?”
I could say “God was guiding me.”, but that instantly makes me wonder about those who don’t have the indwelling of God within them.
Sometimes you just need to stop and reflect to assess what you project.
The thought that everything I’ve worked for could be gone today, is something worth thinking twice about.
Am I doing well or am I just doing what I think is right?
How do I know what is right for me today?
If the things I’m doing aren’t right, where did I go wrong and how can I get back on track?
Questions we all have to face, hopefully sooner than later.
Recently I got the chance to connect with @DJFellowSoldier and be a part of his “Dedication” mixtape, which features the likes of Alex Faith, Sho Baraka, Th3ory Hazit (very cool), Wes Pendleton, etc. Above is a link to the mixtape, download this tape and pass it onto your friends, as there is a lot of great content.
JusThoughtz – All That You Are
S.O. – Walk In The Son II
Justword – The V
Alex Faith ft. Sho Baraka, Suzy Rock – Runways
Wes Pendleton ft. Serene – Chill
Propaganda – Excellent
K. Sparks – Faithful
Die-Rek – Dedication
Joe Clark – Frustraightions
Theory Hazit – Ol Derty Hazit
Wit & Dre Murray ft. Sean C. Johnson – Komplicated
Giano – Prison Doors
K. Sparks – Sunset
Christon Gray – Good Mourning
John Givez – Stand Up Guy
Sho Baraka – Press On
S.O. – Stephen’s Interlude
Alex Faith – Video Games