Urban Shake staffer, Alexis Garrett, sits down with BMI Urban Showcase winner, Skipper Jones, to discuss the rapper’s recent win, upcoming releases, and future aspirations.
Alexis: You were named the winner of the BMI showcase this year. Congratulations on that. What did that accomplishment mean to you?
Skipper Jones: Thank you so much. It is the start of something new. It just meant that it was a small accomplishment and we are working on more. Not that I’m taking it lightly or anything but I have more that I want to accomplish.
Alexis: Where you born and raised in Atlanta?
Skipper Jones: Yes, south side.
Alexis: When did you first you had a talent as a lyricist?
Skipper Jones: It developed over time. When I was a young kid used to sing then I branched out and did rap because my peers did that when we were about 8 years old. When I was 14 or 15 I really got serious about it though.
Skipper Jones: Therapy is actually an old song, but yeah, I get that all the time. They tell me I look like him all the time too. But I think my style of music is different. He’s more of a storyteller and I’m more laid back. I’m more traditional with music. I want to have a familiar sound but I am different.
Alexis: Is he one of your inspirations?
Skipper Jones: Yeah, most definitely. J. Cole, Jay Z, Nas, the 90’s rappers from up north like Jersey, Philly, and New York.
Alexis: What are some obstacles you have had to overcome to get to the place you are now in your career?
Skipper Jones: The major obstacle was getting my weight down. People don’t realize how hard it is getting your levels right on the show. It’s a lot of work to produce a show to please your audience. It’s all about weight and getting your routine.
Alexis: What goal have you accomplished so far that you are most proud of?
Skipper Jones: I have stayed consistent and I’m seeing a lot of rewards because of it. Consistency is the most important to me. BMI has opened a lot of door and I am proud of that accomplishment.
Alexis: You worked with Ryan Leslie on your song “Good Girl” how was that experience with him?
Skipper Jones: I just put a hook on the song. Ryan Leslie is one of my biggest inspirations as well. When I have writers block I look up his YouTube videos.
Alexis: What other artists do you really wish to work with?
Skipper Jones: It’s so many. As far as hip hop, J.Cole, Dom Kennedy, any up and coming artist. If I got an album or a mixtape, I want to do it with hungry artist. As far as R&B I want to work Musiq, Ryan Leslie and Bridget Kelly.
Alexis: Do you have a mixtape coming out? What can your listeners expect from you?
Skipper Jones: We have one dropping and we are working on some new music. There isn’t a name yet but when it does drop, they can expect just me on a personal level. What I’ve seen, lived, and been through. They can be able to relate to everyday living to clubbing. They can evolve with my music.