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Miss. Andry: Jae Ari discusses misandry & the ideology of equality

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Jae Ari just released a brand new single titled “Miss. Andry” (produced by Hpnotic718).

“Miss. Andry” is a song about misandry, and the double-standard of feminism that Jae has observed. He delivers an honest commentary as to why he disagrees with the feminist movement, sans any sort of push for his listeners to agree with him.

The way Jae sees it, equality is an ideology that’s also mostly just an illusion. He sees women and men as different creatures; and ultimately the dude just wants us to celebrate our gender differences and embrace who we are. Check out the record below via SoundCloud, go cop it for a buck on Bandcamp, and scope our Q&A with Jae after the jump.

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Q&A: Jae Ari

HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what this means to you on a personal level.

Jae Ari: This song is just timely. With everything going on I wanted to make a song socially provocative about what’s happening now. I see so many artists out here making music they think people will like. Like think about that… It’s not even about what they like or something special to them; it’s just riding waves. There’s a time and place for that but on a personal level and especially during these economical and political times there needs to be some type of balance for what we are seeing today.

HipHopCanada: I’m curious as to what prompted you to pen this one? Was there a particular situation or series of events that inspired this track?

Jae Ari: It was from a personal and observational experience. I was dating someone who once identified as a feminist. It didn’t last long as I bailed like I left jail. The second verse details some of the events. When making serious records, I tend to add my personality to ease the seriousness; but you still have to craft it as a song. I ain’t trying to lecture people on my perspective. So it’s still gotta be catchy and structurally written to be listened to again and again.

HipHopCanada: Talk to me about the feminism double standard and how it’s impacted you.

Jae Ari: With feminism I find the whole premise is to vilify the opposite sex. They’ll never admit that though. Any type of movement that requires you to bring someone down to pull yourself up is not credible or genuine. You’re indirectly implying you need “us” to even exist as a movement. I just think it’s outdated and although in theory it’s commendable, in practice it’s a hot mess. It has not impacted me on personal level because my vetting game is A1. But as this relates to your second question I remember a female who was the whole “strong independent” type complaining about how all the good men are gone. So let’s get this straight… you claim that you do not need a man but in the same sentiment you’re inquiring and lamenting on how all the good ones are gone? It’s just pure foolishness.

HipHopCanada: In your opinion, what’s the difference between misandry and feminism? I feel like a lot of females are preaching feminism right now when in actuality it’s misandry.

Jae Ari: Misandry is women who hate men. Feminism is an ideology of equality for genders. But I feel “equality” isn’t even a real thing. In my opinion, it’s practically sold to us as hope. But in reality it’s just not possible. You know the saying “in a perfect world”? Well yeah, of course… but we’re not in a perfect world. I feel the same. Generally speaking most of these movements of today to me remind me of the dynamics of high school. You gotta pick sides. There’s no objectivity in anything and all these people in these movements are full of jealously and hate; fueled and driven by emotions. Losers. At least they are true to themselves, though, I guess. But I avoid ’em all like the plague.

HipHopCanada: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Jae Ari: No. I just don’t align with the ideology. What we see in the world today though is that not all women are feminist and not all feminist are women. Men calling themselves feminist is weird to me but we’re living in times now where you can identify as practically anything so there’s that. Bottom line: women have certain inherit attributes, just because they’re women. And men have their own, too. And each should to be celebrated in their own right, respectfully.

HipHopCanada: How did the collaboration with Hpnotic718 come about? And what was your work process like for this one?

Jae Ari: I’ve been sitting on this beat for a minute. Hpnotic got the juice so it’s really about getting my mind right to write something down on his smooth beats. This beat has been stashed for maybe a year. Truth be told… I hoard a lot of music but I’m also calculated with releases so the work process depends on the demand or the changing times.

Twitter: @itsanewjae

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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