Check out the new exclusive song Jon Doe Feat. Lil J – Good With You
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from the “818″ aka the valley, a little north of the city. In the San Fernando Valley aka the Valley, there are about 50 cities within it. Crazy, over 1.43 million people. We have our own style, lingo, threads – everything. The 818 is a movement, a whole different swag. Being from the 818 I have to be the best, I have to be the flyest, and I have to be the cool kid. That’s what the 8 is – nothing but swaggsters, gs and divas, ya dig? There’s a lot of people in the game that are from the 818: from Megan & Lamiya Goode, Shorty Mack, Wesly Johnathan, Lyrica Anderson, Six John, Buckwheat – just to name a few. You might be rolling in the street one day and run into Yukmouth or one of the Kardisians – it’s crazy like that.
I recently signed to “700 records” which is super producers 7 Aurelius & Ghost Kasen. 7 and GK were behind most of the hits from Murder Inc, huge records – it’s crazy how it happens. Last year I won “Rip the Mic” presented by Shiekh Shoes, Reebok, and Def Jam. It was like an urban American Idol. I won the R&B side and Dizzy Wright won the rap side. Ghost was actually one of the judges. After RTM he told me, “come though, I want to hear some records and I want to play you some joints.” I was like coo … lol. So I played my joints, he was like, “damn, you wrote all these?!!!” After that, we started working. His production is crazy so we cut like 4 or 5 joints, he sent them to 7, and 7 was diggin’ em. We did the deal in September. So its 700 baby!!!!!
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The record that are a working right now is my single “Shorty is a Problem” featuring Shorty Mack. Johnathan Andrade from BLKDMDS directed the video. It’s a club, female motivated record. Real sexy for the ladies. #SIAP is about a woman who is a problem, she’s so bad and sexy she’s a problem. I don’t want to kick it with homies, I don’t want to do anything, just make love and spend money with her … lol. So shout outs to all the problems out there. Get it ma!
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see?
Well I’m featured on Ja Rule’s 2nd single “Never Had Time.” The video is out, Ja’s album drops 1.24.12 – I’m really excited about being a part of hip-hop history and music history in general. I just finished my mixtape “Romance Revenge Remorse.” I’m really excited about this project. I can’t wait for my fans and the world to hear it. #RRR is full of dope stories, honesty, a lil’ bitterness … lol. It’s real. I definitely put a lot of work in. It’s full of great production.
Shout outs to:
@ghostkasen, @myboybuzo,, @princemaestro, @calaubin, @mctheproducer, and my engineer @iamgeemajor.
#RRR should be out some time 1st quarter.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
One of the hardest challenges I’ve had to face would be … hmmmm. Honestly, I guess being a part of this new age. I’ve seen music evolve from tapes and vinyl to mp3. So with the change, people change. I think finding loyal people is the hardest thing.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Well as far as music, I haven’t really had any setbacks. Yet … the hardest thing for me would be being a father and entertainer. I have to stay busy and work. My lil’ ones might not understand why daddy has to be in the studio for so long or why I’m doing this or that. But hard work pays off. My son asks me every day, “Daddy can I see your video again?” It’s hella funny. It’s cool when my son notices or tells me he likes a song I did.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Things to be careful of … wow … well I would say be careful of fake people. You have to know that not everybody around you has good intentions. Once you’re hot or buzzin’, people want to be a part of your movement and some of those people have hidden agendas. So watch who’s in your circle.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
To the young aspiring cats, don’t give up, go hard. You have to go hard every day and you have to be innovative. Do something that no one else is doing. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Also make sure you register with one of the pros (performing rights organizations—BMI, SESAC, or like me ASCAP and Sound Exchange). Make sure to have an understanding of what publishing is. When you collab with other artists or producers make sure you do your split sheets, you have to take care of all your paperwork. This is a business, never forget that. And last, have a good team behind you. Management, PR, promoters, clothing brands, producers, writers … ya dig!!!! No one can make it to the top alone. Stay strong, stay on your toes, and grind!!!!!
What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist?
There are so many ways to sell products these days. It’s crazy!!!!!! The internet is a blessing and a curse. There’s Twitter, Facebook, and Reverbnation is dope. There’s so many different websites and places to sell products. You just have to stay ahead of the curve. It’s easy to find distribution, just make sure you market it and promote it.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
My favorite way to promote myself and my music would be doing interviews just like this …. lol … I’m serious though – interviews are great. They really help out a lot!!!! So find a dope publicist … lol, but other than interviews you have to use everything: Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Tumbler, Myspace, bumper stickers; however you can promote your brand. Sooooo follow me @jondoe700.
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Jon Doe Feat. Shorty Mack – Shorty Is A Problem
Ja Rule Feat. Jon Doe – Never Had Time