Jimmy B talks upcoming EP, going on tour and his artistry [Interview]
Toronto, ON – Originally published September 26, 2013 – The City of Toronto is full of talented young artists on their grind who are trying to make it to the next level. An artist by the name of Jimmy B has been on HipHopCanada’s radar for the past little while. His results-driven attitude coupled with his talent and motivation to be heard is something that HipHopCanada respects and appreciates. Jimmy B has a lot in the works, including an upcoming EP entitled L.O.R.D.S which contains a few great features and a couple of shows with big acts, such as Flatbush Zombies, Smoker’s Club and Mac Miller. I recently had the opportunity to gain some insight into the mind of the young artist, his forthcoming project, touring and his future, which I think is pretty bright.
Check out the full interview after the jump.
Jimmy B: Q&A
Interview conducted by Natasha Paolini for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: Let’s talk your upcoming EP, L.O.R.D.S – What is your overall vision for this project?
Jimmy B: My vision for this project is to bring a voice to my city. I’m from Scarborough and we don’t really have a voice representing for our generation and what we go through on an everyday basis. That is what I want L.O.R.D.S. to be. Its not only capturing my life and the things I see but also the things that the average Scarborough kid goes through on a daily basis.
HipHopCanada: What’s behind the title, L.O.R.D.S?
Jimmy B: L.O.R.D.S. is an acronym for Life Only Respects Da Successful. My team and I are trying to become lords, we’re trying to become young successful black men. In Toronto you only get that respect when you reach success and not before, so that’s the whole concept behind it.
HipHopCanada: In terms of production, who did you work with and why?
Jimmy B: The project is almost entirely produced by Toronto talent. I worked with MMac & BatmanOnTheBeat, those are the in house SmashMouth producers. That’s family so of course that had to happen. I have one record produced by Rich Kidd. He’s one of the best doing it right now, especially from Toronto so that was an honor. We hit the studio and chopped it up, that record might be one of my favorites. The tape also has production from Tay Lewis who’s a beast and Fameless amongst others.
HipHopCanada: What about features – can we expect any? If so, who?
Jimmy B: I have some really dope features on this project. Of course my SmashMouth brothers DillanPonders & SeT are on there. Dgoodz & Denzil Proter are on the lead single “Turnt,” which is out now. Go get that. Rich Kidd blessed me with a killer verse & I got work in with Mr. MFN eXquire, that’s my bro. Oh and me and JD Era got special something in the works.
HipHopCanada: How does this EP compare to your past projects?
Jimmy B: This EP is a lot more personal. I went through a lot during the making of this project, loss of family, my girlfriend, loss of close friends, etc. On past projects I was more trying to find my own unique sound and figure out who I was as an artist. For this EP I had a certain vision and story I wanted to get across and I definitely feel I accomplished that.
HipHopCanada: What is your approach to making music?
Jimmy B: My approach isn’t too different than the normal. Most times I’ll have a beat for a while, sit with it and once I catch that vibe I’ll make the song. Other times we could be hanging at the studio and a beat will play and whatever we’re feeling in that moment is what will get recorded. That’s how “Turnt” came about. We were really drunk and the beat played, rest is history.
HipHopCanada: You’re going on tour with Flatbush Zombies & Smoker’s Club in October – How did this all manifest?
Jimmy B: Man I’m really excited for that. It all manifested through my management, SmashMouth Entertainment, and just hard work really. I thank god for these kinds of opportunities and I’m forever grateful, that was all my management team right there. I’ve performed with Flatbush, The Underachievers & Joey BadA$$ before so I’m really looking forward to re-connecting with them.
HipHopCanada: You will also be opening for Mac Miller in November – What’s the story there?
Jimmy B: That Mac show is something I was dying to get onto! Once again that was all management making the right moves and talking to the right people. I’ve proved myself as a good live performer and my team has the faith in me to rock huge shows like that. Just have to thank God.
HipHopCanada: Tell me about your connection with Smashmouth Entertainment.
Jimmy B: I’m an artist on the SmashMouth team, that’s the label and the management. It started off strictly business but overtime we’ve become like family so it makes working together even easier. As soon as we got into the studio and started working everything has really taken off rapidly. I work hard and the SmashMouth team works harder, so it’s a perfect fit. The sky’s the limit now. This is just the beginning.
HipHopCanada: Who are some artists that you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
Jimmy B: I don’t even know to be honest. There are a lot of artist that are dope but I prefer collaborations to come about naturally. I don’t really like to force them or anything. It has to be a mutual feeling, if we both like and respect each other’s work we’ll make it happen. That being said, I really want to work with Jhene Aiko & Kid Cudi in the future. First I need to get to their level but then its all over from there [Laughing].
HipHopCanada: What are you hoping the release of EP will accomplish for you and your career?
Jimmy B: I’m just hoping this EP will get me the respect of the city. I want it to open people’s eyes to the inner city and give hope to the people in my area who never thought something like this was possible. I just really want to put a bull’s-eye on me and let people know I’m coming. Rappers from Toronto need to step their bars up. Nobody cares about your cars or women or how much ice you got anymore. That’s not cool anymore we came to kill all of that.
HipHopCanada: Besides the EP and the shows, what else is in store for you?
Jimmy B: Of course, we’re constantly working on new music because that’s why we’re here at the end of the day. We have a few more show announcements coming up before the years end. I’ve always been a fan of clothing design. I want to start up a small line and just build the business from the ground up. I want to be the next Diddy, Jay Z or Russell Simmons. Those are the guys I look up too and respect. When it’s all said and done I want to stand next to them.
HipHopCanada: Any last words?
Jimmy B: Follow me on twitter @IAmJimmyB, like the FaceBook fan page JimmyBSBE. Make sure you download L.O.R.D.S. as soon as it drops in November. And follow your dreams, never let anybody tell you can’t do something.
Interview conducted by Natasha Paolini for HipHopCanada
Photos 2-4 taken by Julien Bowry (jbowryportfolio.com)
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