Under The Influence: J Nics.
Florida’s J Nics has, what those in the boxing profession (and Fight Night Round 3) deem as, heart. Toughened soul-gimmick-free hip hop vulnerable to apathy from the masses, if not for a baritone lyrical repose and electric duck and weave constantly shielding it from irrelevance. Maybe a little under-appreciated on these shores as of yet, but if you’ve heard ‘Champion Rizla’ (beats from the equally marked talents of Numonics) then you’ll understand my fervor in recommending this geezer. Watch this space and read this article.
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One of my biggest influences as a emcee and just as person in general is Miami, which is where I was born and raised. Miami is such a vast and diverse place, I’m glad throughout my years I’ve had the pleasure, courage and opportunity to explore it. As a youngster watching and listening to my uncle and his friends tell vivid stories about some pretty young Goddesses gracing their bed sheets after leaving the club, haha. Or walking to the corner store and being awed by a Donk cruising down 183rd – trunk rattling bass knocking beating down the block; I love seeing that type of shit. Unfortunately due to family struggles I’ve moved around a lot, but that also allowed me to mesh with different cultures. From Hispanics, Haitians, Jamaicans,etc. the list goes on. I’ve picked up language and mannerisms from all, which has spilled in to my music. I feel a strong artist has to be versatile, so by being around all this diversity I became less afraid to try different styles, flows and beats. I credit that to this melting pot I call my home, Miami.
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My biggest influence as a rapper is Jay-z. Throughout the years watching his career I admired what he’s done by staying consistent musically, and relevant in an ever-changing industry. I was a big fan of the Roc-A-Fella movement in high school, I wanted to lead a crew of emcees like he did back then. As an adult it just seemed real cool to me for someone to be a dope lyricist and a businessman, that combination is ill. Being a well-respected artist and entrepreneur is what I also strive for within my own progression.
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Another big impact on my career is the southern movement I grew up in. For example, Eightball & MJG, Scarface, Outkast, UGK, Trick Daddy, and more. All those artists are pioneers and paved the way for a rapper like myself to even be doing my own thing. They inspired me with their independence, being that most started off slanging mixtapes out the trunk of they car. Musically I was influenced as well; mixing blues and R&B sounding production with hardcore streetwise lyrics is the formula for a classic in my ears. Trick Daddy being from Miami as well just made it that much more epic; he was the first Miami artist I saw on “BET’s Rap City” and I remember feeling proud and hopeful that I, one day, make it there as an artist too. I love being from the South hoe!!!
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Believe it or not (most choose not) rock music has also been very influential to me, especially going through my rebellious stage as an adolescent. The seed was planted there by my mother who would have Sting playing in the car as she dropped me to elementary school. From there, when I was 14 or 15, after my step-father was locked up and my family fell on hard times – I stumbled in to rock. RHCP, Foo FIghters, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Limp Bizkit – I just dove in full on into rock music. It was different and embodied my “I don’t give a fuck” way of thinking. Anytime I was going through bullshit at school, or just depressed about home life, I always found comfort in rock music in all it’s subgenres. Still, till this day, one of my favorite albums of all-time is “Californication” by RHCP – I loved that album. I was always a bit of a loner, I stayed to myself and didn’t have many friends, I honestly didn’t care too. My best friend was music; writing it, listening to it and living it. I thank rock-n-roll for inspiring that.
Mint Magazine I appreciate the chance to give all my fans in the UK a better insight on me as artist and a person. I haven’t had the pleasure of going to the UK YET, but that is definitely at the top of my to-do-list. It also goes to show you music is universal and it can travel places where your physical hasn’t. Its really a honor to be accepted and received by people in another country. Peace and Thank You again. Check me out at www.polarbearmack.com and follow me @jnics305 on twitter.