AJ Jones Wants to Leave a Legacy of Knowledge and Authentic Lyricism

Tell us a little bit about how you got into music.

Music has always been a really big part of my life even though I never really made much of it growing up but listening to it was something that heavily influenced my life and kept me happy. I have always been drawn to hip-hop because of my admiration for authentic lyricism and the ability to make people feel what the artist feels. I used to play the drums growing up as well and occasionally write lyrics, but I never did any recording or releasing of songs. It was always just one of those things that I thought wasn’t realistic to turn into a career. But as soon as we were all quarantined because of COVID, I had all this time on my hands.

A few of my friends that had heard music I recreationally made in the past really pushed me to take this shit seriously, so I did. At the time, I was living in the sticks of Vermont where there isn’t shit going on. So, one of my friends sent me a microphone, I built a booth in my closet, downloaded audacity, and started planning my future. Because at that point, I had nothing to lose. It was bound to happen eventually but it really all started because of me losing my job to COVID.

I’m getting older, I have no degree, a criminal record, and not many legal options to make the kind of money I want to make. I want to live a life where I am making passive income each month and I think music can do that for me if I play my cards right. 

What do you believe you will bring to the game that’s missing or needed?

I think that the hip hop industry hasn’t been heading in the best direction for the last few years. A lot of the shit coming out nowadays doesn’t have much substance or any kind of well thought out lyricism. Hip hop has been becoming more about hype than about having a track with a real message that people can feel and relate to. But I think recently, real lyricism is starting to make a comeback and I want to play a big part in making that happen. I believe what I have to offer is different than most. I have a different mindset and outlook on life than most artists. I try to be as authentic as I can and tell my story in a way that other people can significantly resonate with.

What do you hope people gain from listening to your work?

When people listen to my music, I want them to feel exactly what I’m feeling in my life and be able to relate to it on a personal level. I want all of my fans to feel like they gained a piece of knowledge after listening to one of my tracks. Nipsey Hussle has always been a huge influence of mine, and my goal is to leave a legacy behind with knowledge and understanding of life in a way that people can really feel and comprehend like he did. I believe my music stands out because of my authenticity as a person and even as a skateboarder. I have a different background than most and I feel like there aren’t many people sharing the same story that I am. 

Talk a bit about skateboarding, is it just a hobby or do you plan to become sponsored and see where it takes you?

Skateboarding is something that has essentially molded my life into what it currently is now. I have won a few contests and traveled all over the world doing it but have never professionally worked in the industry. The majority of my childhood and teenage years were spent at the skatepark. Growing up, if I wasn’t sleeping or in school, chances are you would find me there.

Skateboarding has always been one of the most important staples of my life because of its ability to humble you and test your physical ability. When you are on your board it clears your mind of any stress, and in that moment nothing else in the world matters. When you land a trick that you have been trying for hours it is hands down the most rewarding feeling in this entire world. I can’t describe it!

Growing up, I was part of a group of friends that all had extraordinary potential to have a career in skateboarding. At the time, there was no social media and skateboarding was still frowned upon by the masses. One of the only public forms of social media was YouTube. We made many YouTube videos for fun, but none of us really saw it as something that could maybe one day make us money. We were young and talented but had no “in” with the industry and didn’t try hard enough to have one.

In my later teenage years, a lot of my friends fell into hard drugs and quit skateboarding, so the videos stopped and the desire to improve became more insignificant. I have always wanted some kind of career in the skate industry regardless of what that may look like. My goal at this point is to one day collectively land deals with skateboard companies by having music be my outlet to make that happen. Because at this point, I am almost 26 years old and my body has taken a toll over all the years.

The idea of me skating as a professional is long gone but I really hope that I can one day incorporate skateboarding into my brand as an artist. But regardless, it will always be a part of my life0!

“You didn’t quit skateboarding because you got old, you got old because you quit skateboarding”. – Jay Adams

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