‘I’m always making music’ | Interview with Jay Gudda

Warm and detuned synth pads dominate the instrumental, the flow is flowing… What are you waiting for?

Read our interview with the rapper below!

Describe your sound in three words please!

Sincere. Authentic. Gudda.

What was the inspiration for Tragedy?

Like all my music, Tragedy comes from a personal place. I wanted to depict a toxic relationship while also illustrating different perspectives within it. One of my favorite written tragedies to-date is The Great Gatsby

And tell us a few things about this artwork

I wanted the cover art to represent both the lyrics and the music video for Tragedy. The outer space theme is a nod to the song’s intergalactic lyrics, and the four women/aliens are a nod to the video’s Hugh Hefner inspiration.

Favorite album of the past decade?

I’m someone that loves complete albums; projects that feel more like a body of work than a playlist. I can’t say that I have a favorite within the last 10 years, but a few that stick out to me… Royce da 5’9’s Book of Ryan, Halsey’s Manic, Kanye West’s Ye, 070 Shake’s Modus Vivendi, and Ricky Hil’s SYLDD.

Do you have any plans for the near future? Maybe working on an album?

I have many plans. The primary plan is releasing my first EP. Coming XXXX…

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

I think there will always be talented artists that aren’t heard by the masses, but I don’t think there’s a particular sound that represents the unheard. In my personal opinion, the “underground” is today’s battle rap scene. That’s where top tier lyricism, performance, and competition is.

Why do you think sexism is so pervasive in Hip Hop culture?

I think sexism has been pervasive in all music genres at some point. Sexism can be found in movies, shows, video games, and almost any other art form if you look for it. I think hip hop gets the brunt of this conversation because of how popular it is becoming and how blatant it can be. Hip hop also has an ability to turn the mirror on us as humans, so having this very conversation is important. But I think we need to understand why sexism still exists in the minds of our people to learn why it’s in our music culture.

What do you do when you’re not making music?

I’m always making music.

Thanks Jay!

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