Tell us about yourself. What’s your name? Where are you from?
-Jaye Lewis is the name and hip hop is my aim. I’m a 25 year old upcoming rap artist from the SFC (San Francisco, California). I lived in the Bay Area all of my life. Overall I’m just a regular guy with a musical talent.
What does the word "based" mean to you?
-Based means get your weight up! Based is motivation! If you don’t have haters you’re not doing your job and you’re definitely NOT Based. I’m lyrically based in this music and got my armor on! I’m the Hip Hop Obama and I’m ready for a Change! - Me
How did you get into the music industry? What inspired you?
-Music has always been my ultimate dream in life, but I would say around 17 is when I got serious about it. I own 100+ CD’s of purely Rap and HIP HOP. I took classes at city college of SF in producing and audio, but I had to drop out to help at home. This past year my music took a turn. I decided to start laying tracks, and from the moment I stepped foot in the booth, the spectators ate it up. My manager, introduced me to a great production team who I work with, and really promoted the Jaye Lewis movement. The rest is history like they say! My inspiration comes from within. I love music to its fullest. Artist like me, definitely need moral support. If you know anybody with a dream - dream with em'. That’s just the truth! I do this for the Bay!
What upcoming projects are you working on?
-Currently, I’m working on my first album with producer 1988 (Hunter Walker) from New York and recording at the studio of Gabe from Tha Watchmen in Daly City. True hip hop heads are definitely going to feel this shit. I also am collaborating on a mix tape with rap artist Styx Figure from Washington, DC. Stay tuned for the Aviators mix tape!
Are there any artist out there you would like to work with, but haven’t got the chance yet?
-Actually there are a couple artist from the Bay Area that I would like to work with. Erk The Jerk is one for sure. He has a smooth sound. I would like to do a track with E40 cause you ain’t Bay if you not fucking with forty! He’s one of the Bay Area rap game revolutionist. You go almost anywhere they know who 40 and Mac Dre are. Goaple. The list could go on. But those are artist I’d like to work with from the Bay. In the meantime I’m really working on perfecting my own craft and skills. The question is who wants to collab with Jaye?
Who are you favorite artist right now?
-Okay. Its narcissistic to say myself right? Well, I have a list of artist that I follow: Jay-Z, Fabolous, Wale, Drake, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Currensy, J Cole, Gucci Maine, Ludacris, The Game, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Jeezy, Em, Juelz Santana, and Freeway. I think those are the main artist right now and that I slap on the regular.
What are some things that people don’t know about you?
-That I’m Jamaican and Black. That’s a big one, because I’m so Americanized! Blat Blat! No. But seriously, my father isn’t here in the states. I have a huge shoe collection!!! More than I can store. I’m talking Bedroom closet, hall closet, 2nd bedroom closet - its that serious. My wife is keeping me in line on that though. I have a slight OCD problem. Everything has to be organized and routine the way I set it. I do this music, but I’m a quiet low key person. No interest in the fast life. Truth #If I haven’t done it, I wont say it.
What’s some advice you can give people that want to get into the music industry?
-I think the best advice I could give another person is to stay committed to what they are working towards, and never let anyone tell you what you cant do. Sounds cliché’ but its real. Hard work pays off, and it doesn’t happen overnight. The longer you stay committed and driven, the more success and doors that will open. And of course always stay humble, and give thanks to the creator everyday for your talent. You can be here one day and forgotten about the next. Never forget where you came from, and don’t forget the people that helped you get there.
Where can people find more about you?
-People can find me on Facebook, Reverbnation, Twitter, Sound Cloud, YouTube. Keyword for all these sites is Jaye Lewis or Jaye Lewis1. Check Me Out!!
-Lastly I just want to say thank you to all the fans and friends I have accumulated so far. Follow me on twitter.com/jayelewis to the top! I’ve been getting a lot of love and, positive feed back. I appreciate you! Just keep rocking with the kid cause I’m just warming up. Jaye Lewis is here to stay!!