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Get To Know Jesse Gray

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Thanks to artists like Lecrae and NF, Christian rap is in an entirely new space, somewhere between highly anticipated and highly appreciated. Their gritty, realistic look at uplifting that comes partly from a Christian lense but also in the streets around them, has given birth to a generation of artists influenced by these aesthetics and boldly pushing forward to bring the genre further than ever imagined.

One of these new artists is Jesse Gray, a Denver-based rapper with an intense and diaristic style that immediately captivates you upon listening to what he has to say. His recent release, “Catch Me If You Can” balances understanding with despair, utilizing past experiences to paint a haunting portrait of when things start spinning out of control.

We’ve spoken with him about “Catch Me If You Can,” the Denver rap scene, and more in an exclusive interview

Who Is Jesse Gray?
I am a 21-year-old rapper from Denver Colorado. I’ve been writing since I was 14, wrote 6 albums worth of music over the years and am finally ready to drop some music. I’m a creative guy who loves rap that tells a story  whether through a focused storytelling song or a concept album. 

How did you realize that you wanted to rap? 
I grew up in a Christian household and we went to church every Sunday. We almost exclusively listened to worship music. All of the songs that I heard were “positive” and meant to be encouraging, but when I was 14 it didn’t satisfy me anymore. I felt alone in my feelings, as many of us have, and I didn’t know where to go.

One day in the summer, I was searching around in Pandora and found this artist, Lecrae. My mom hated rap at the time, and he sounded like a rapper. So, me being a rebellious teen, I wanted to check out his music. The first song that came on was called “Prayin For You” and it brought me to tears. For the first time, I heard music that wasn’t just saying “everything’s okay” when I didn’t feel that. I heard music that I could relate to deeply, and I instantly fell in love with the vehicle of rap. That’s when I started writing my own songs.

Define “Catch Me If You Can” for me. What about your life is so fast that you want to slow down? 
“Catch Me If You Can” was written while I was in college. It was a really dark time for me, depression was hitting me harder than ever before in my life, and I had fallen out of contact with both friends and family. School was stressful and I didn’t know where to turn, so I fell into drug use. The only way I knew to deal with how I was feeling was to escape it.

At the time I had also lost motivation to write music, which brought me even lower. I felt like I was falling, like I jumped out of an airplane to skydive, except the ground never got any closer. I felt as if I had no direction in life, and no means to control my destiny. I was living fast and making rash decisions, and yet the days seemed so long. This song is a plea to anyone who cared for me, if you see me falling please, catch me if you can.

How do you bring your personal experiences into your music? 
For me,
it’s all about conveying emotion. The song “Prayin For You” had a huge impact on my life and opened my eyes to the fact I was not alone. Whenever I’m feeling something, whether it be joyful or upset, I try to write my feelings in a way so that others can understand and ultimately relate. It helps me understand myself better putting feelings into words, and the goal is to help others with similar feelings. Some people have journals or diaries to make sense of how they feel; I have music. 

What’s the Denver rap scene like? 
Honestly, I haven’t been to many shows or collaborated with anybody down here as of yet because I’ve just been honing my craft first. But I’m excited the begin exploring what the local scene is all about. There are a lot of talented people here.

What are you looking to accomplish in 2020? 
This is my first release, and I’m looking to begin building a fan base this year. I want people to talk about my music with folk who are struggling, I really just want to help people. I’m also looking to strengthen my pen game and work with producers on-site more than just over email. I think that stuff is so cool, collaboration is something I’m hyped for because all my time writing music I’ve been solo.

What are you working on at the moment? When can we expect more music?
I am working on several different projects, but one of them is coming very soon. It’s a full-length album, and “Catch Me If You Can” is the second track on it. It’s called “Limbo” and I’ve been working on it for quite some time, now it’s almost complete. I’m so incredibly excited to show it off, I’m proud of this album and I hope it makes a positive impact on people, and I hope it gets head nods and stank faces.

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From the Karaoke Machine To Center Stage, DC Rapper Nell Burna Is Heating Up The Rap Game With His New Single ‘Quarter Mill’

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Having opened up for well known artists such as 2Chainz and Trina, Nell Burna has been promoting good vibes through music since he stepped in the studio for the first time at twelve years old. 

The DC native’s music infuses the DC ‘go go’ style with the natural rap flow that he describes as being versatile, ranging from a trap music flow similar to artists like 2Chainz to a softer flow similar to that of Certified Loverboy, Drake. A multifaceted artist, Nell Burna writes his own music, and has tried his hands in the areas of producing and engineering. His catalog includes projects he has written specifically for the ladies such as his twerk song, ‘Lil Freak’ https://open.spotify.com/album/58JqNlVuG46LIGZAvwUEbN?si=bUtpUGZYThC9fBBDjlwAuw&dl_branch=1

Currently an independent artist, Nell Burna released his first EP entitled ‘Unleashed’ in 2015. Today, he is working on releasing singles that inspire others to believe in themselves. 

As he continues to work toward achieving his full goals, Nell Burna is focused on the hustle right now, making new music and promoting it on social media and streaming platforms. He recently collaborated with his DC neighbor, Xanman from Maryland, on a single called, ‘On the Lowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82LtyqRJDd8 and hopes to link up with ASAP Ferg in the near future for a collaboration. 

Even while experiencing the highs and lows of the music industry, Nell Burner says he “could never run away from music.” He would advise rising artists to “just believe in yourself even if others don’t.”

Be on the lookout from new music and visuals from the DC artist. Nell Burna’s music is available on all streaming platforms. 

Follow him on IG @nellburna1

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Jeda Voice Explains His Lane As “Alternative R&B”

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Southern California native Jeda Voice is bringing edgy to R&B! The up-and-coming artist fell in love with music at a very young age and although he recorded his first record at the age of 14, his passion for it started way before that. “I wrote my first poem in elementary school,” he says. “After that, my grandma had a big stereo tape player, and as kids, we would play around. I pressed play by mistake, and Jodeci came on. That’s when I fell in love with the art of music.”

With over 1 million streams on Soundcloud, fans are loving Jeda’s distinct and edgy R&B style – or as he calls it “alternative R&B.” Nevertheless, the singer always knew that music was his calling. “Music has this deep soul tie with me. I believe it chose me and we all have choices and my choice is to use my gift the best way possible.” Even when others doubted him, Jeda did not give up. “In the beginning I was told that I couldn’t do it, I was told I wasn’t good enough, people literally laughed at me in the studio,” he says. Having been through the setbacks and negativity, the singer claims he makes music for “the lovers, the underdogs, the rejected ones, the ones that people envy and the ones that people hurt.”

As he continues to work on his craft, Jeda is also looking to dabble into the business world. For now, the rising R&B singer is focused on releasing new music in 2022, and he is currently working on his short film/music video for his single “Purple Rain Pt 2”. Check out “PW8 II” available on all streaming platforms, and follow Jeda on Instagram @jedavoice.

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Dre-Ski Teams Up With JayUncut In New Song/Visual “Get Back” Out Now

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Dre-Ski is an upcoming artist from Virginia Beach, VA who is destined to make it in the music industry. His upbringing consumed of listening to Jay-Z, DMX, Dip Set, Nas, and Biggie during the late 90’s early 2000’s. Along with being an artist, Dre-Ski is currently in the military which is one of the things that he is most proud of. As an artist who creates Rap and Hip-Hop music, you could describe his sound as a mixture of Fabolous and J Cole. Both artists have had a very high influence on Dre-Ski’s sound.

When asked why is music a passion of his, Dre-Ski responded “My passion for music has always been undeniable. Growing up, my parents listened to all genres of music, primarily R&B, 90’s and 2000’s Hip-Hop developed my passion for music greatly.”

The goals Dre-Ski hopes to achieve are to get a distribution record deal. Another major goal of his is to continue to build his fan-base and reach a different audience world-wide. With the hopes of making an influential impact, Dre-Ski really wants to engage with his audience and leave a long lasting impression. He is currently working on his next EP titled “4 Real Ones Only Pt. 2”. Keeping the momentum going, his newest single “Get Back” produced by JayUncut is out now along with the visual so be sure stay tapped in!

Instagram: @TheReal_DreSki

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