To continue our brand new feature ‘A Look in the Past’ we are going back to an early interview with the homie and long time friend Jay Ant. This goes way back to February of 2010 when he had just released his single “Fuck It Smile,” which by the way is still a banger and I still have the shirt to go along with it. Check it out below (mind you that the interview is completely unaltered) and keep it locked in for who’s up next and more features on Jay Ant in the future.
Tell us about yourself. Whats your name? Where are you from?
I’m Jay Ant 1/4 of Diligentz and I’m from Hercules CA by way of Richmond, CA.
What does the word “based” mean to you?
Man…I was told it was once a term people used to refer to crack heads with..lol..but eventually evolved into meaning just being your self thanks to The Pack and Team Knoc…but honestly I’ve never really used the term before..but I’m cool friends with L from the Pack..so I can respect it.
How did you get into the music industry? What inspired you?
I started doing music when I was like 14..im 22 now..my group members older brother was in a group called Kali Fam the ERK THA JERK was apart of and they were dope and we basically just wanted to be like them..so I started making beats for the group and we rapped on them and the rest just went up from there.
What upcoming projects are you working on?
I got a lot that I’m working on right now..a mixtape called “Jay Is That You”… a street album called “All About Being Cool : Fuck It Smile” and A MIXTAPE WITH BOBBY BRACKINS AND YOUNG L OF THE PACK, Im also doing a Collab line of Fuck It Smile T-shirts With my line “Blue Moon” and Pink Dolphin.
Are there any artists out there you would like to work with, but haven’t got the chance yet?
Of course to many too name I wanna work with everyone that’s good..lol
Who are your favorite artists right now?
Pharrell, Jay – Z, Kanye, Kid cuddi, Andre 3000, Lupe, Wayne, Daft Punk, Kaskade, Wall Paper, Trey Songz, Will. I. Am., Jeezy, Corine Baley Rae..and I been feelin Drake Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa a lil too.
Who Are your Influences?
Kanye, Pharrell Jay-z, Andre 3k, and Jeezy, Will.i.AM With the Excetion of Jay Z and Jeezy they are all successful producer artist like me that make DOPE MUSIC..thats why they are my idols. And of course my group Diligentz they push me to get better all the time.
What are some things that people don’t know about you?
Ha shiiit I don’t know…. I’m hella regular..work go to school and do make music..I wanna get a degree in Communication and work with kids…maybe that’s something they don’t know
What’s some advice you can give the people that want to get into the music industry?
Go to School. And don’t do music if your not good.. you wack kids are taking up space.