J Smash Speaks On His Journey To Dropping ‘The Rise Of A King’! J Smash is probably one of the biggest Hip Hop producers his age and has been making major moves in the industry.
Although he has not been in the game for a long time, the producer already has a rather enviable catalogue having featured some of the biggest and most promising artists in South Africa. Check out what J Smash had to say about his career journey and “The Rise Of A King” EP below.
What has been the journey been like since making “Show Up” to releasing “Rise Of A King”?
Its been challenging with its ups and time as I had to balance the mini-fame I had with my personal life & school. A task hard enough for older folks, imagine a young man like me.
What impact did “Show Up” featuring A-Reece, Zoocci Coke Dope and Flame have on your career?
It put me on the radar of the people I wanted to work with.
How did you go about picking the artists you featured on the EP?
It has to be the feel of the song and how I picture them fitting into it. I never force features.
How long did it take you to work on your this project?
It took me 2 years.
From a producers perspective, what are the pros and cons of working on a body of work?
Cons : you can get cheated on things like royaties if you are unaware of how things work.
Pros : You learn to be versatile and open minded towards music as a whole. Experiment on difference sounds.
What are the top five Hip Hop records of all time in your opinion?
a) AKA – Composure
b ) Kwesta ft Cassper Nyovest – Ngud’
c) Emtee – Roll Up
d) Nasty C – Juice Back
e) Cassper Nvovest – Doc Shebeleza
What advice can you give to upcoming artists hoping to enter the industry?
Stay true to yourself & be patient.
Give me your top 5 venues to perform at in South Africa
Back To The City , Ultra, Rocking The Daisies, DSTV iRock & Spring Fiesta-Fest
Which one is your favorite song from “The Rise Of A King”?
I love all my children
What’s the next step for J Smash after dropping this EP?
See where the EP takes me and god willing work on my next project
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