JiXX [Prolific Profile]
Toronto, ON – Here comes Jiggy! Our latest Prolific Profile is JiXX who originally made a name for himself with GCP and is currently pushing LP Entertainment. He’s gearing up for a ton of new releases. Check the Q&A out after the jump link below.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
JiXX: Hip-hop is the way of life for me, its my culture. I grew up listening to it, so in a sense you can say that it raised me. Its how I dress, how I talk, and how I act, so in general its my style. I feel that I fit perfectly into that definition because I like to see myself as a trend setter, so anyone listening to my music and the art will grasp my message.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
JiXX: To be honest, its just for the love of the music, and growing up and hearing my peers telling that I was talented drove me to want to pursue it. I make music because I love the creation process and not because I’m seeking fame but more of the enjoyment that it brings to me. Not only that, but I do this for all the people who can really say that they love my music.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
JiXX: I was raised in Scarborough but currently I’m based in Toronto
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
JiXX: Well there was a lot of things that would influence your sound, coming from where I come from. Living in the ghetto, you tend to see different aspects of life: from a single mother struggling to raise her children, to the hustler on the corner, from being that hustler on the corner and seeing the fruits of labour and celebrating the fact that you could make something from nothing. I use all corners of life and try to express that in my music, I call it “Reality Music.” Most people seem to understand this, and that’s why when you hear my music you can relate to what I’m saying.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
JiXX: My fan base basically consists of the new age hip-hop heads ( Kool Kids) and people who can relate to being raised in the ghetto. Not only that, but as well I tend to also make music for the grown and sexy crowd. So you can say my music is not limited to one specific group of people, but more for the masses.
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?
JiXX: Growing up I wished that someone would have told me to go hard and don’t wait on no one to hand it to you because there is a million people doing exactly what your doing. Take it seriously and be original because no one likes a “copy cat.”
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
JiXX: One thing that i’m working on within the community, is that I am using what I’ve learned in the music industry and I’m applying that to teaching the youth of Toronto through a media arts program called PMAA. We basically help the youth build and develop their crafts and introduce them to new methods so they can apply what the have learned on a daily basis.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
JiXX: I’ve worked with many talented artists from Toronto but only a few have honestly taught me a few skills that I still carry on until today. One person being JB from GCP, who I’ve listened to a lot growing up and can honestly say that he’s taught me a lot, from the energy in my music and even my stage presence. Not only, but the people within my own circle “LP Entertainment – Desran (R&B Artist), Ryda, JDeuce, Brio” all inspire me when they make good music because it makes me want to “Up my game” and work harder.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
JiXX: I always wanted a beat and hook From Saukrates, he makes really good music. Also I would love to do a few collaborations with some up coming artists from the West Coast. Ya’ll let me know who’s making hits out there in the west?
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
JiXX: Well I finally Dropped my first solo Mixtape #LOTNS, which you can also get on HiphopCanada.com I recently started my own label alongside with the leadership and help of my cousins Malik Williams and Slim Dogg, and since we’ve started its been like an adrenaline rush of music. We have a full roster and a lot of good energy, so look out for music from LP Entertainment.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
JiXX: Big up and thanks to HipHopCanada for hearing me out and letting me “shoot the ishh” and stay tuned as well because I got some good music coming your way very soon. Not that regular cash grab bull that you hear everyday but instead that 100% natural real swagg, timeless real good music.- Rock Wit Me * JiGGY*