Emerging arist Jamil Honesty has been putting in tons of work as a lyricist and also as a super dope beat-smith. His highly acclaimed project Martyr Musik, produced by Hobgoblin, put him on the radar of hip hop enthusiasts looking for that authentic sound. He recently reconnected with Hobgoblin to work on Martyr Musik 2. We caught up with Jamil Honesty for an exclusive interview. Check out what the driven musical genius had to say.
Who are your musical influences?
Too many. The main ones I’d say are Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface, Nas, Black Thought, Stevie Wonder.
How does it feel to be a thriving new artist?
Great. It inspires me to continue working on my craft, creating new music that my supporters enjoy.
What inspired you to start rapping?
Busta Rhymes verse on Scenario. The whole song, really.
How did your life growing up impact your music?
Had a big impact on my music. I speak on it a lot in my songs. My upbringing molded me into the writer I am now. I used to write stories a lot as a kid. So now I write about the things I saw coming up and life. Period. Just paint a picture for the listener .
What do you think of hip hop evolution as compared to the golden era?
I’d say the difference would be that back then you would hear Wu-Tang and Mobb Deep and Coolio all on the same station. Radio stations back then diversified their playlist. Where as though now the radio caters to “the machine” and only plays certain artists with the same or similar sound. There are still great music being created, but you have to search. I also think music is consumed differently now versus back then. I remember listening to albums like Illadelph Half-life for a whole year before looking for a new album from The Roots. Now there’s this fast food mentality when it comes to how fans consume the music and how artists deliver nowadays.
Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
Skyzoo, RJ Payne, Josiah the Gift, P.U.R.E., Ace Cannons , Ill Conscious, Jay Royale.
Most people don’t know you produce and rap. Which do you like best?
Rapping. I like both really obviously, but imma emcee first. lol
What prompted you to produce?
Got tired of depending on producers, for real.
Do you think the industry is oversaturated?
Oversaturated with people that think they have talent and don’t? Yes. Oversaturated with artists that care about the art and not just a check? Not at all. The industry is only interested in creating facsimiles $$$$ of other artists instead of allowing artists to be themselves.
Let’s form a hip hop supergroup. Who’s in it?
The RZA, The GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and M-E-T-H-O-D Man…
Weekly Rap Gods would like to thank Jamil Honesty for a refreshing candid convo. We salute your work ethic and contributions to hip hop. Be sure to secure your copy of his new project Martyr Musik 2 coming Spring 2020.