J. Moy [Prolific Profile]
Toronto, ON – Scarborough MC J. Moy has been working hard toward the release of his album debut Once Upon a Time in China. He recently released a new video single for a track called “On My Way” featuring Hook-master Kin Smuv. As J. Moy prepares for the release of his new mixtape Mr. Hot 16, we’ve selected him to be the latest Prolific Profile featured on HipHopCanada.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
J. Moy: To me, Hip-hop is more than music, it’s a lifestyle. It gives us a chance to express ourselves creatively through dance, fashion, graffiti drawings, lyrics etc. Being a hip-hop artist allows me to share my life and story with the world.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
J. Moy: Making money is always a bonus and the end goal for all artists. But the love of making good music is what keeps me here. Also, when my music touches the younger generations and inspires them to do something better with their lives, that really motivates me to keep going.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
J. Moy: Currently I’m living in Markham. Uptown!
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
J. Moy: I wouldn’t say living here has influenced my sound. My influences come from the people I’m surrounded with. Living here, I met the other members of Drunken Fists. We are more than just a group together, we are a family. So when you listen to my music you can really get a feel of what my life has been about.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
J. Moy: Anybody who is a fan of hip hop music is my primary fan base.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
J. Moy: Just be yourself. Don’t try to imitate what you hear on the radio or see on tv. At the end of the day, people like something fresh and something new. So mimicking a sound is only going to place you in the same category as the next person doing it.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
J. Moy: I have always tried to keep my face in the public by attending local events. Music or non music related. Fundraisers, concerts, local talent shows or basketball tournaments I will be there.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
J. Moy: I would have to say working with my team had the biggest impact on me overall. These guys really made me who I am as an artist. We would sit in studios for hours just to make sure every verse was done flawless. They helped me perfect my flow and really taught me how to grow as an artist. I’ve collaborated with other people outside the crew, but it’s a different experience. People come to the studio drop their verses and that was it.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
J. Moy: I’m really open to collaborate with any artist or genre in Canada. As long as it sounds hot at the end I’m all for it.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
J. Moy: March 2009 was my beginning as a solo artist. I dropped my first single “Keep it Movin’”. We got it circulating locally on radios. It reached the number two spot on Buffalo’s WBLK Unsigned Hype radio show. We then shot a video for it. Since then I’ve been working on my debut project titled Once Upon a Time in China. In 2010, I had a small appearance in The Source magazine (March issue), was the winner of Jin’s Hip-Hop Census competition and was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award. My next project is the Mr. Hot 16 mixtape, where I’m going to murder a bunch of industry beats.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
J. Moy: It’s Drunken Fists Entertainment. Catch the buzz!
J. Moy – On My Way ft. Kin Smuv