Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
A couple of years ago I stopped looking to websites for new music. Funny. I’d began looking to those same websites because I’d retired my radio listener jersey. That worked for a while, but we all know how that turned out as music websites and blogs eventually rolled over and became the new, “improved” radio stations.
These days I look to Pandora Radio and Soundcloud.com for all my new shit. Seriously. You can find the rawest, hungriest rap cats creeping the alleys and back streets of Soundcloud, and in most instances, they’re scores better than your favorite MC, whoever he or she may be.
The latest jewel I’ve found is Jake Eff, a young wildcat representing the state of Arizona. I’ve even featured him as a musicsl guest on an episode of my podcast previously. He’s a clean cut straight shooter who doesn’t hesitate to tell you what he’s thinking or how he feels. We slowed Jake’s grind down just long enough for a brief chat with the west coast spitter.
TGDC: State your name, gangsta.
JE: What’s good! Jake Eff is what I go by.
TGDC: What part of the world do you represent?
JE: I’m definitely all about my state Arizona! Tucson and Phoenix reppin, but I’m all about the West Coast and I represent ANY part of the world if I can make an impact elsewhere.
TGDC: How long have you been actively rapping?
JE: I started rapping when I was 8 years old. I was recording acapella tracks on tape recorders with my brothers. When I was about 11 I got a studio plug and started making actual music, then getting into high school was when I decided I was ready to take the challenge of turning this into my actual career. I’m 20 now and I’m doing music full time.
TGDC: How’s the buzz coming along?
JE: It’s great man…definitely everything I’ve been trying for! Not anywhere near where I want to be, but it’s crazy getting love from all over and knowing that I’m actually making some type of noise after trying so many different sounds. I finally feel like I “found my sound” as cliche as that shit sounds, haha.