Of all the up and coming rappers I've heard in the past few years, Jaee Bryant is one of my favorites. The South Carolina spitter is a jack of all trades, including making beats, writing dope punchlines, lacing tracks with a smooth, buttery flow, and storytelling.
Since his upcoming album "Evil Lurks" is dropping August 31st, Jaee and I took a moment to chop it up about Evil Lurks, his first rap, his thoughts on the game today, and his overall ambitions for his music. This is the result.
(Jaee recently released a new track called "Reasonable Doubt" which you can listen to on Spotify.)
How would you describe yourself and your music to new listeners?
I describe myself as a creator that loves to create brother. My music is more “lo-fi jazz” with hip hop mixed in because the production is organic but the lyrics are beyond this world.
Where did the title "Evil Lurks" come from?
Evil Lurks comes from just the negativity around you and your surroundings. Just putting everything in the past and trying to create a brighter future for yourself.
Now that you're a few projects in, what does Evil Lurks offer that your other albums don't?
It's more personal but everyone can feed from it. This project is really different because my lyricism and production is A1 to the point I’m ready to release different types of music because I was exploring with sounds on this project.
Who did you work with on this album?
I work with Knowledge (Knx), I worked with a producer named Mantaa (my alter ego), and Who on The Track. I had a track with 9th Wonder but it wasn’t cleared. Sounds Surplus on the live instruments.
Do you have a favorite track or moment from creating Evil Lurks?
My favorite is "$20" because it reflects on me only having $20 to my name for a long period until payday, but it’s so many things to do with $20 if you put your mind into it. My favorite moments making this album is just experimenting with different sounds. I started this project December 2017 and finished it in July 2018, so I have over 25 tracks. I just decided to put 7 on Evil Lurks because the rest of the songs will be on my debut project coming out February 2019.
When did you start rapping and what do you want to accomplish through music?
I started rapping since 2005, so I was around 8 years old just listening to southern rappers like T.I., Young Jeezy , Ludacris and other artists like Kanye West, Jay Z and Lupe Fiasco.
Do you remember the first song you recorded?
It’s a song called “Rap on My Mind” in 2011 (lol) it’s still on my personal Facebook page.
Favorite project(s) of the year (rap or otherwise)?
J Cole - KOD
Pusha T - Daytona
Happysad - Kidder
Who would you like to collaborate with most?
Keem The Cipher, Kaytranada, Big KRIT, Mndsgn and B Cool Aid.
What can we expect from Jaee Bryant for the rest of 2018 and 2019?
I will be doing my Radio show with WAXX FM out of Brooklyn NY called “Never Say Ruin Radio,” and it’s going to be full of instrumentals from talented producers and musicians all over. My debut project is coming February. It will be longer than 15 minutes too (lol), I think the songs I got together is 1 hour.
Shout out to Jaee Bryant for taking the time to do this interview! Check out Evil Lurks August 31st and look for his debut project in February 2019.
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