Artist Interview: Rapper J. Pump

J. Pump is a rapper form Chillicothe, Ohio. Since 2004, he’s been gaining fans and creating music that allows him to express himself. He recently dropped “Inside This Place,” which combines melodic beats and introspective lyrics, creating a conscious and catchy hit. Here, Pump talks about his musical inspirations, his journey, and advice he’d give for other artists.

When did you start rapping / making music?
When I was 8 or 9 years old my uncle used to listen to rap and I happened to decide to pick up a Tupac album. From there it was a wrap.
What artists inspire you?
My biggest influences growing up were Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Tupac, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eminem. However, my influences come from other artists such as DMX, Outkast, Juvenile, Master P, and Nate Dogg.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with either member of Outkast, Eminem, DMX, or even Dr. Dre since some people have said I sound similar.
Where do you gain inspiration for your lyrics? What about your beats?
My inspiration for my lyrics comes from life and what I see going on around me. I feel like expressing my view points of life at any given time can give the spark I need to write my lyrics whether it be a heartbreak or a great night full of fun.
How long have you been making music?
I have been making music for 13 years since 2004.     
What’s something you would tell someone else in a similar position who wants to make music? What advice would you give?
My best advice would be to never give up and never stop learning, because when you think you know it all in the music industry is when you fooled yourself. There is so much to learn and a never ending process if you want to evolve as an artist.
What is your favorite part about making music?
My favorite part of making music is being able to freely express whatever feeling may be in my heart and soul with the rest of the world.

Listen to more of J. Pump here.

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