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The Recording Academy
on the Official Ballot for the
59th Annual Grammy Awards
in the following category:
Best Rap Performance
Jayo - 'Can You See Me'
Jayo - 'Know I'm Ready'
In Jayo's Words:
I write music in order to show the audience
the most real and raw emotions in life. Through my lyrics,
I show real life experiences that I have been through or
that I have seen others go through. I talk about real life
in my songs and deal with sensitive material that others
may be too scared to talk about. But I do it to show that
life is full of different people who go through many unique
experiences that are special enough to share, telling of
the struggle that it takes for anyone to be what they want
to become to fulfill their lives. In order to write my music,
I had to have discipline and focus.
I got here by working jobs in order to support my
music because I had to do it on my own. I was a telemarketer
in order to pay for recording and production on my songs.
This encouraged me not to waste my talent or money on foolish
things that would only make me happy for a small amount
of time and not fulfill me as a person or as an artist.
I would write songs in my spare time constantly and I would
work the rest of my time. I had to have a job in order to
reach my goal and I would share my real life with people
through my songs examining the commitment that
is needed in order to see reach the accomplishments that
each one of us have always wanted.
I started making music in the basement of friends'
houses. I would go over and just write as much as I could,
and make as many songs as I could by just having fun. I
would love to write and record songs everyday. I would make
songs anywhere I could - in the closets of friends and side
rooms that were filled with old furniture and old house
supplies. I loved music too much to stop and I didn't care
where I was.
As I got older, I then started paying for studio time and expanding
the productions on my songs and I would record in recording
studios in New York City. I'm from the city, so recording
there helped me as an artist very much and taught me to
look around and write about the experiences that I see in
everyday life. New York is real and as an artist, I give
the most realistic details and emotions that life portrayed
in music can bring. I tend to be a witer for those who struggle
on their own and who have no one to help them and that's
how I made my way into music.
I can put myself into their
shoes and understand the hard work it takes to finally achieve
your goal. My musical influiences have always been artists
who say what is real and use their actions to show that.
Artists such as Eminem and Lil' Wayne show real life is
like and never sugarcoat what has happened to them in their
own lives. Icons such as Jay-Z and 50 Cent show through
their music that they are never scared and will talk about
whatever life throws at them, and overcome it in order to
reach success and happiness. These artists influenced me
not only because they are Hip Hop heavyweights, but because
they are men who will give you music that shows what life
has dealt to people all over the world. Their music is timeless
and relates to people.
My main aim was to perfect my craft through recording
many songs and reach and touch people all over the world
with the many human emotions and experiences that we all
go through. My music connects people to my songs and lets
them hear the real world through my songs. I don't make
up anything in my songs and only use learned information.
I say only facts and if someone has been through a certain
experience, yet because they are too young or never lived
in that environment, my music helps them understand someone
who has. It connects them to find a common ground until
they finally do have that emotion or go through that experience.
My music is all about the connection of different people
and helping them feel the basic emotions that all people
go through in their lives.
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