“We supposed to influence the youth, not make them wanna buy a gun and join a gang” | Interview with Jr. Rhodes

Pick da pen up! Jr. Rhodes’ tackles this addictive, old school flavoured production with his signature flow. Read our discussion with the Canadian rapper.

Describe your sound in three words

Creative, Diverse, Honest

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

The lyrics are based around me expressing my feeling towards those asking for a hand-out. I use the imagery of “pick the pen up before you call me” as a way of saying “do the work yourself before asking for my help”. I used fun/creative wordplay to pass along this message throughout the track and use personal experiences to further the message.

Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?

I think the underground sound is developing. The true lyricism and flows are a little neglected nowadays compared to before, but the niche is still there and powerful.

Why sexism, and even outright misogyny, is so pervasive in Hip Hop culture?

I think notoriety has given too many artists a platform. There is a lot of ignorance in the hiphop culture, which, has its pros and cons, but ultimately is hurting the culture. We need to build eachother up and respect our women, and protect them. How are we supposed to do that if artists are intentionally promoting misogyny and sexism?

What is your favorite album of the past year?

My favourite album this past year was from Pop Smoke. That album had a lot of influence on me because he was truly different as an artist. It’s ashamed that we wont get to see him bloom to his full potential, but that album showed what he was capable of

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

100 percent I would change the amount of violence in music and in the industry. Too many artists dying, and too many bad things happening. We supposed to influence the youth, not make them wanna buy a gun and join a gang.

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

Hereditary. I like thriller movies.

One last thing we should know about you?

I want my listeners to understand who I am as an artist and as a person. I do this by openly expressing my vulnerability within my songs, and by captivating moments and feelings ive felt throughout my life.

Thank you!

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