In a world where most rappers are doing all that they can to prove how hard they can ball out it’s refreshing to hear a different perspective. Baton Rouge MC Bullet Jones does just that with his latest project “Blue Collar Blues”. Over the course of the project he showcases what life is like working 50 plus hour weeks to provide for his family. The highs and lows are all expressed, making the project a unique and fulfilling listen. Impressed by the project we sat down with Bullet Jones for a Q&A session about his background and the new album. Follow along to learn more about the rising talent.
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1) To kick things off how about an introduction for anyone new to you that may be reading?
I’m Bullet Jones. I’m from Baton Rouge, La. I started rapping when I was about 14, but didn’t really start taking it seriously until about 20. I had to put it on the back burner for a while, but now I’m back with this new album, just ready to make my mark.
2) Lets go back to the actual day you knew music was going to always be a part of your life. When did it click for you?
I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember, and I think always had at least some kind of idea that it would be cool to be a musician in some way. But I would say, when The College Dropout came out. That’s when I finally felt like there was a place in Hip Hop for me. It was by far the most relatable album I had ever heard up to that point, and it was after that album that I started writing my own rhymes.
3) You’re really spreading your wings as an artist of late with your sound catching on further and further throughout the south. Why do you think people attach to what you drop?
I think the authenticity of it resonates with people. I just talk about things I’m going through and things I’ve been through in my life, and that connects with listeners. Im not trying to portray any particular image. I’m just being myself and I think that people find a lot of what I’m talking about relatable.
4) What do you think separates your music and make it stand out in comparison to others?
Again, I think just making music that’s true to me and not reaching for any particular sound or style. I’m not trying to hop on any of the current waves, because that’s just not who I am as an artist, and I know that. I’m just doing it my way and don’t really have any interest in fitting into the cookie cutter mold that’s trendy at the moment. I want to make timeless music.
5) You’ve now dropped a few singles ahead of your new album “Blue Collar Blues”. With so many quality tracks what made you roll with the particular songs you did for single releases?
I wanted to put out the title track, Blue Collar Blues, first just to kind of lay a foundation for what the album was going to be and what people could expect from me moving forward. We did Stressed Out because I wanted to shoot a video that basically picks up on the storyline from the Blue Collar Blues video. So those two are basically a two part story. Pennies I think was just a song that was ready whenever we were ready to put another single out, to be honest. There wasn’t a whole lot of thought that went into that release in particular, other than wanting to get the video done with the homie J-Coop of Paid In Amerikkka from Atlanta, who’s featured on the song.
6) What is your creative process usually like as far as constructing your music?
As far as my songwriting process, I start by just listening to beats until something sparks an idea. From there I always start with a hook. All my songs are built around the hook. I don’t write anything down. I just memorize it as I go, so once I got the concept of the song, it’s just a lot of listening to the beat on a loop while I come up with the hook and then the verses. I come from the school of lyrics and content being the most important thing, so I put a lot of thought into what I’m saying and how I word it, down to the syllable.
7) Getting back into “Blue Collar Blues”, tell us what your ultimate goal for it was going into it’s creation.
Prior to starting working on the album I had taken a little time off from music, basically to get my life together. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with my music career after this album, so I really just wanted to make sure I told my story. That was the most important thing. I also wanted to make something that could be considered a timeless, classic album. That’s what I look for as a fan. So whether it be on a local, regional, national, or global level, I wanted Blue Collar Blues to be something people listen to 10, 15, 20 years from now.
8) How do you feel about Lil Nas X and the growing trend of Country and Hip-Hop crossing genres? You’ve been someone who has dabbled with both as well.
I think that different artists have been drawing inspiration from other genres for decades. I’m all for it, but only if the integrity of neither genre is being sacrificed in the process. That’s hard to do. I think the artist has to have a genuine respect and appreciation for whatever genres they’re blending or else it’s going to come off gimmicky and corny. I grew up listening to a lot of Country music, because that’s what a lot of my family listens to, and I still do to this day. I draw a lot of inspiration for my song writing from Country music and so I think for me it’s just happens kind of naturally, because outside of Hip Hop, that’s where a lot of my influences are.
9) “Stressed Out” talks a good bit about some of things you’ve had to deal with as of late. What are some ways you go about relieving this stress for yourself?
Yea, that’s true. I start the song off saying “I just got laid off, right at the first of the year…”, and I literally wrote that within an hour or two of getting home after I had just gotten laid off from my job, just a day or two after New Years. I just put the frustration over that situation into a song. I just wanted to mention that, but music is a huge stress reliever for me. Whether it be the process of making my own, or just listening and singing along to other artists. My fiancé and my kids help too. When I’m at home I usually don’t have any trouble forgetting about the things I’m worried about for the time being. Then of course you have the age old typical stress relievers, some good ol whiskey and sex. What can I say, those usually work for at least a little while.
10) Of all the songs ever created, think of one you wish you were the creator of and tell us what it is about that particular track that stands out.
Man, that’s tough. I might would say AZ’s verse on Life’s A Bitch for sure. That’s just a legendary verse to me. Then you got The Light by Common, hands down the best Hip Hop “love song” of all time, in my opinion. Very well written. There’s probably a few more, but those are two are the first that come to mind.
11) What is the thing you are most proud to have accomplished as a musician thus far?
Really just this album. It was a long time coming, and something that at one time I wasn’t sure would ever become a reality or not. I’m really proud of how it turned out. I think I accomplished exactly what I was trying to do with it, creatively and musically.
12) What in specific would you say is your biggest goal in life right now? What steps are you taking to attain it?
Well, I believe I made a great album, but it means nothing if the people don’t hear it. So my main goal right now is to push this album as far as we can possibly reach with it. Just got to use the connections I’ve made and relationships I’ve built over the past couple years to create opportunities to build on what I’ve done with the album so far. Still a lot of work to be done, but I ain’t scared.
13) What should people be on the lookout for from you in the near future?
We got a few more videos for songs off the album we plan to get out in the next several months. Doing as many shows as possible to get the music out to a bigger audience and build my fan base. Also, I have a project I’m working on with my boy Sean Elliot. No release date or nothing on that yet, but that’s something that will be coming at some point in the near future.
14) What do you think is the most common misconception about you?
I don’t know. I try not to get caught up in what people think about me, so I’m not really sure of any misconceptions that people may have. I would just say that if you haven’t listened to my music, you should hold off on forming any kind of opinion on me until after you do. I’m very transparent, so once you’ve listened to it, I don’t think there’s really any way to have any misconceptions about me. Unless it’s intentional, on some hatin shit.
15) Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers before we conclude?
Just go check the album out and I appreciate all the support for real. I know Blue Collar Blues is a great album, but like I said before it don’t mean nothin if the people don’t make and keep it relevant. In a way, the fans will determine how classic this album actually ends up being. Also, get connected with me on all social media to stay in the loop on whatever I got going on in the future. Preciate y’all.