“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.”
Roaming today with the crue.
Hope to find something cool to shoot.
Sometimes I just want to create.
I hate coming online and losing precious hours I could be out in the world creating and meeting people.
Sometimes I wonder if people really listen to what I’m saying.
Whenever people say I’m “dope”, I often feel insulted.
I see so many other artists on the rat race of trying to compete, instead of just inventing avenues to just connect with the people.
There are so many vast ideas which have yet to have been explored, and so few excavated.
Sometimes I just get stuck.
Stuck in motion, running with the rest of the herd, knowing there’s a cliff on the other side.
So I stop.
I miss walking hours to go see my friends, and just having alone time to just listen to music without simultaneously doing 1 million other things.
Sometimes, I just want to park on the side of the road for a few hours, and just write.
And then release it to the world,
And just watch what happens.
I’ve got some pretty talented friends.
I think this counts as my second cameo appearance lol.
Check out the vid, comment on the vid, and shoot J.Nolan a comment at twitter.com/j_nolan
WATCH IN HD
“Moving Up” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mov…
Directed by Frames of Movement. Produced by Levi Watson.
Cameos include Fresh & Local members such as Yung B Da Producer, JusThoughtZ, Rex Novi, and more…
J.Nolan x Reese Jones = The Humble Legends. “Keep it Cordial” LP coming 2014.
I have a hard time resting in the Lord.
I often turn towards work as an idol
Photography is one my gifts that I use to connect with people, admire the Lord’s creation, and reflect on what truly matters to He and myself.
I got the chance to listen to Reggie Joiner speak yesterday and he said something that will change me forever.
“You’ll only be remembered by those who know you now.”
I’ve struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for the past 10 years.
I don’t know how people cope without the Lord.
My struggle has always come a deep sense of desire to be fully known and fully accepted.
That’s where my journey began as a writer.
I began writing in order to tell the secrets I’d kept bottled that I feared telling my closest friends and family.
I began posting my writings thinking no one could relate, but hoping that I could shed some hope in just saying “Hey, this is what I’m going through, and I’m still here…for now.”.
Over time people began responding and messaging me telling me how much my honesty helped them to be honest with themselves, the Lord, and those close to them.
I continued to write music to the dismay of my family members because “family business” should stay “family business”. However, I never had a voice in my family. I could never voice my concerns, spill my feelings, or engage in conversations because I was either “too young to know anything”, or ‘too much of a know it all”. Therefore, my pen and pad became my podium to preach to an audience of one, myself.
As I kept writing my name began to spread through the grapevine to different states via the listeners of my music. I began getting show requests, feature requests, and speaking requests, most of which I turned down. I felt inadequate. Even with my story being heard, and my voice being fine-tuned to connect with those who understood me abroad, I still felt inadequate. Even though I was enduring hardships, while gaining notoriety amongst artists I had grown up listening to, I still felt inadequate. Why? Because I wasn’t known where it mattered most. Home & my community.
Much of my teenage years I lived guesstimating where my feet would be led, merely doing all I knew to be correct. I desired a sense of purpose which I refused to put into this new found glory as a writer, after all it was just a means to an end right? In 2008, I released a project entitled “A Memorable Experience” which was a collection of songs I penned gathered around the central theme of the Lord bringing me into a relationship with Himself after my father passed away. I proclaimed that Jesus Christ was my Lord & Savior at the age of 12 and have strived to live in the light of that reality ever since, but I still felt inadequate.
“Lord??…What’s wrong with me?” I screamed night after night in the parking lot of an extended stay I’d been living at with my family for several years. “Why is NOTHING going the way I wanted it to? I desire to be in school. What 16 year old DESIRES to be in school? How will I ever make it in life? Will I ever have a chance at normalcy? Do You want that for me?
Do you want me?
That one question has served as the thorn in my flesh in my relationship with people and the Lord. I found myself living in the hope that people will keep their commitment to me. Always known for keeping my word, I was very guarded and careful about who and what I committed to. I figured as long as I kept my ties few, I wouldn’t set myself up for failure. At the root, I believed that protecting myself was the most profitable thing I could do for my well being, when in reality it created a cesspool for unresolved conflicts with the past, present and future. Isolation became the grounds from which bitterness, envy, and wrath festered. I hated where I was, had no idea where I was going, I’d imprisoned myself.
Then the unfathomable happened.
The Lord brought a friend in my life who cared enough for me to risk their own health.
From the outside looking in this person possessed all the things I desired for myself, and gave freely of themselves. I couldn’t stomach it. I was jealous at the opportunities I could see in their lives because of the decisions those before them strategically set up for their benefit. When looking at my own life, I found nothing but ruin, squandered exploits, a sense of entitlement, and an insatiable appetite to succeed.
Why did I feel jealous? Why did I see only destitution? What did this person see in me that i don’t?
Because I desired to be fully known and fully accepted.
I had nowhere else to turn but the Lord. In retrospect I see how fortunate I was. At a young age the Lord purposed all the hardships in my life to build godly character within me. He instilled a holy unrest that made me question why my life was in the despondency that seemed to wreak havoc in my bloodline. He showed me! He gave me passion to change that which I hated most about my state of confusion! He showed me! He gave me vision that the possibilities are endless with Him! He showed me! He gave me an assurance to know that He would finish His work within me than He began!
He showed me, because He knew me.
He showed me, because He loved me.
He showed me, because He wanted me.
And that is the anchor of my soul.
Before I am anything that mankind would paint me to be, I am loved by the One True Living God. He knows me.
“As a person you know nothing about me.
Does that matter to you at all?
Do you think to ask?”
He began His work by bringing someone into my life to bring the the deepest, darkest, shameful, wicked parts in me to the light that I may be a vessel of light to others, consistently.
Who REALLY knows you?
Who has proven themselves trustworthy to be a friend?
Who can you be completely honest with?
Below is a song a I wrote.
Below that are photos organized to go with the music.
View them both at the same time for maximum effect.
Download Here – http://noisetrade.com/justhoughtz/it-could-be-all-gone-tomorrow
Your legacy is not in fame or applause.
It’s in knowing the Lord and Him knowing you.
No long post this time, Just enjoy the music.
One of things that grew my appreciation for hip hop was lyricism. In middle school I would spend a lot of time reading lyrics to my favorite songs I’d memorized in order to make sure I was singing/rapping the song correctly. Any avid reader understands the importance of context. We need to know who, what, when, and how if we ever want to come to a right conclusion of “why?”
With that being said, which song of mine would you like me to post lyrics to?
Leave a response in the comments and we’ll take it from there!
everyone close to me is going through changes.
I need you all to know, I love you and the Lord is faithful to complete the work He’s begun in us.
Our circumstances may look different than how we would’ve anticipated, but remember God’s promise to us.
1) That He would never leave or forsake us.
2) It’s to work in us godly character, that His glory may come out of us.
3) That nothing can separate us from His love from us.
This is why we are instructed to walk by faith, not by sight.
Don’t get caught up in how our circumstances appear.
The Lord is not bound by time nor by man.
He looks intently at our lives unmoved, unbound, unhindered to making the changes necessary to make us like Christ.
He sees the beginning and the end.
For all things begin and end with Him.
He has the final say so.
Therefore, trust in Him.
I’m sitting in my office wondering how on earth did I get here. My peers and co-workers attribute a level of greatness to me that I see, but won’t acknowledge about myself. It’s grown increasingly difficult to discern what’s right and what’s wrong in the areas that don’t require moralistic answers. I’ve often succumbed to the will and desire of others a lot because I desire to help everyone, however everyone cannot be number one. In fact, the most important people in my life cannot all be number one at the same time. There’s the rising jealousy between friends, family, and enemies biding for my time and attention, and while I desire to be with them all, I simply cannot. I’d like to say that “I’m okay” with that, but if’ I’m completely honest, I’m not.
So I turn to Jesus…
As I was listening to Beautiful Eulogy‘s “Motive 1,2” which accurately describes how I’ve been feeling, I couldn’t help but wonder “what does my life look like in 5 years? Will these relationships matter?” In the past I would think, “No, they only matter in so as much as I’m in this circle or sector”, but now everything’s overlapping. I want to believe God is bringing everything to a center in my life which is Jesus. The more I press into total submission to those in leadership over me the more pressure I feel from them and push back I receive with those I love, even amongst other leaders. Which poses the question, do I submit to one leader solely, or just in so much as I’m in their fold? We’ve been going through this series called “Guard Rails” at church, discussing that “guard rails” mean nothing if there’s potholes in your road, and how do you process patching those up. And as I look at the potholes in my road, I grow somewhat discouraged.
There are those I’ve dug for myself and those that others have dug for me, it’s often hard to tell the difference between the two. There’s the agendas of people who persistently seek my participation in whatever they’re in involved, those who just want information out of me, those who want me to want them (though i’ve expressed that I don’t), those who want nothing to do with me until something great comes about from my direction, and those who intend to harm me…
And then there’s Jesus…who simply wants to give Himself to me.
I’m tempted to run
I’m tempted to just give into everyone’s requests (though I know it’s foolish, and detrimental to them and myself)
But all in all, I know I need to just trust in Jesus.
Regardless of everyone’s opinion about me (whether they be true, false, or warped), I need to trust that only Jesus’ opinion and agenda for me is paramount, and that everyone else will just have to learn to understand or depart.
James 1: 2-4
Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Truth of the matter is, things are only going to increase in my life. I will meet more people and be given more responsibilities, and they’re good. It’s my responsibility to seek God and determine what are priorities and what are not, and walk boldly and confidently when I find out. If I’m double-minded in all I do, I’ll never be able to accomplish the things the Lord would have me to do, and that will come at the cost of opposing people and their agendas, plans, motives, desires, will, etc for my life. I must choose who I’m going to serve…
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 .