Bronx indie rapper Cameron Jay has spent the past few years making a name for himself across the Big Apple. While most kids were playing with video games and watching cartoons, Cameron was perfecting his wordplay; spending most of his time as a 12-year-old with his head buried in his notebook scribbling lyrics with a No. 2 pencil.
What inspired you to start rapping at the age of 12? Most kids were just started to lose interest in toys around that age. What motivated you to pick up the pen?
When I started at 12, T.L.C came out with “Scrubs”. Me and my cousin wanted to respond to the girls that were running around talking crazy to us so we started writing a response. From that moment I found a love for writing and never stopped.
The Bronx has produced some of Hip Hop’s greatest voices. How did your city inspire your style and sound?
The Bronx has a lot of talent that has made it and I feel like there’s a standard that has been set.
What was the creative process like making “”Money, Sex, Drugs, and Liquor””?
When I was doing “”Money, Sex, Drugs and Liquor”, I was on the party scene hard. I was apart of a party promoting team so a lot of that title and music came from that time of my life and other activities that o was part taking in around New York.
When you circled back with Money, Sex, Drugs, and Liquor 2, what was the difference in the creative process and the content delivered versus on the original?
The difference with part two is I was working with different producers where in part one it was just one producer. Also from doing shows and being out, I met a couple artists that I reached out to and got them on records where as the first one was all me with no features.
How would you define your live performance?
My performance I would say it’s engagingly smooth. I like to talk with the crowd and get a vibe from them. I have certain songs that turn it up; at one point, I was throwing money off the stage and doing wild shit.
New York City has a booming indie music scene with artists looking to be discovered with every turn. Whats makes you different from the other emcees emerging from the Big Apple right now? What makes you stand out from the masses?
The difference between me and everybody else is I do my own thing. I really stay away from getting the trendy beats that sounds like everything else. I do my style and make sure I get my message across to make sure people understand what I’m saying.
If a listener wanted to get a glimpse into your music before they dive in, what three songs would you recommend they check out and why?
I got so many that three is hard but I’ll give you one off every project. From MSDL would be East Coast West Coast. On MSDL 2, it would be “New York” featuring Big Assas and Dre Manning and from MSDL 3 it would be “”FWU”” featuring Tru Vocalz. Some other songs to listen to would be “On Everything Niggas be Lyin” and “December Son Gold Chain”. I think if you listen to these five songs you will see the versatility of songs I can make.
What can listeners expect from your brand in 2020?
In 2020, you will see more visual content. I want to put a project together with other artists I’ve built relationships with and get them on records that I think they would be dope on. Also, I might do a couple of events through out the year and establishing more relationships with bigger brands.