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.

Tyga at the Observatory

March 2nd Tyga was in San Diego rapping at the Observatory in North Park. His performance was outstanding, featuring old hits and new songs, great visual effects, and even a surprise appearance by Kylie Jenner. His headliners were a rap group from Atlanta that came out into the crowd and whom I got to meet and take a picture with. The Observatory is a unique venue because if you get to the show about an hour or so before the doors open, you can stand at the front of the crowd right next to the stage. That was another reason Tyga’s concert was so spectacular. I was at the front for most of the time, but when I was at the back of the crowd I noticed Kylie Jenner and a friend standing above everyone at the loft with seats watching Tyga. When people started noticing her and pointing her out she went away, but reappeared during Tyga’s song “Stimulated,” which also featured the music video playing on the giant screen behind the stage. Tyga was phenomenal live. He was full of energy, performed songs everyone knew and the oldies I was hoping for, and sounded just like he does on his tracks. Another shout out I’d like to make is to Access Music on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, for selling me tickets to this concert 30 minutes before it began! The decision to go was sort of a spontaneous one, and this place had twenty tickets they were still selling. I was able to go there, pick up three tickets, and get to the concert about half an hour before Tyga came on. I’m so glad I found out about this business, because a few weeks later I bought tickets last minute from them again for Waka Flocka Flame. If you’re ever in need of some tickets on the fly, try Access Music!

All in all Tyga was an awesome live performer and someone I’d definitely see again. He’s continuing his tour in Las Vegas at the end of May.

 Live footage of the concert!