Staten Island rapper, Jared Xavier is in the process of working on his next mixtape 'Now Or Never' due to drop 30th September. His latest single “Weather the Storm” produced by Luke White, has smooth beats which are accompanied by an anthem that transcends a strong meaning to encourage others to overcome every impediment, an objective that he strongly stands by as means of inspiring others through his music.
We chat to Jared about his upcoming mixtape, Now Or Never, the current hip-hop scene in New York, and how he upholds resilience to every obstacle he faces. Ayla Dhyani writes.
You just released your new single “Weather the Storm,” noted to be a testament to overcoming every obstacle. Tell us what major personal obstacles you have faced and how you have upheld your resilience.
I go through a lot of obstacles when it comes to the music. Sometimes I lose confidence, I feel like I'm coming up with the wrong ideas and it might not work. But I believe that this is my destiny, so I have to just keep telling myself to keep going.
What are your thoughts on the current hip-hop scene in New York?
As far as the mainstream music goes, I feel like it is quite ‘dry’ because they're not representing the culture of New York rap. But as far as the underground scene goes, there is a lot of creativity and they have the ability to change the rap culture worldwide.
Who are your influences?
(Laughs) I’ll keep this short. I would have to say, Gangstarr, Kanye West, Nas, and most definitely Ghostface because he’s from Staten Island.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
Most definitely Common because he stands for what I stand for, and that is to inspire the people. He does it more directly than any other artist that I’ve heard.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on my mixtape “Now or Never” and I feel like it’s going to be a very good project because I’ve put a lot of emotion into it.
You’ve been acknowledged for making your own path in music. What direction do you see yourself going?
To be honest, I don’t really know because I go through different situations in life and music is how I express myself.
What stimulates your soul?
I would say music that has soul in it. Whether it is from jazz, funk, or just regular R&B because I feel like that’s my escape from reality.
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