Artist Interview – Wiseboy Jeremy
Wiseboy Jeremy is a New Jersey based up-and-coming rapper. Having dropped his debut album earlier this year, Traklife talked with Jeremy about the creation of the album, what he has planned next, and more!
Introduce yourself to our readers.
I’m Jerimiah and I’m an artist from Willingboro, NJ.
Who are some of the people/artists that inspired you to pursue music?
I was inspired to pursue music initially by my father because he used to rap when he was my age. With that being said I’m inspired daily by the company and creatives I keep around me. Seeing them get up everyday to better their craft I have no choice but to do the same. Even dealing with these fences myself. I want to be in a better spot than I was yesterday and that requires a lot of thought, work and perseverance.
You've said in other interviews that you'll always be a New Jersey based artist. Why do you want to stay in NJ instead of relocating to, say, New York or California?
New Jersey is my home. I’ve spent most of my life here and it’s always going to be a part of me. I think that’s the problem with a lot of artists coming up. Their mindset is “I can’t make it because I’m not from New York or Atlanta or LA” and that’s wrong. There’s opportunity everywhere and it’s all about what you do with it and how you play your cards. One of my favorite artists right now, 070 Shake, is from North Bergen, NJ and she got signed to Kanye. I was born here and I want to keep it behind me wherever I go.
Why did you decide to name your album 'Still Chldrn'?
I was being complacent with a lot of things in my life and it always traced back to putting my worry into things I shouldn’t have. That would be my biggest vice. I started to look into things that I used to love to try and escape this. As children, we go after what we want because the world is so big and we don’t know anything about it. Everything is new, fresh and fun. Not a care in the world. I wanted to bring that element to my raps on this project because I just wanted to rap. Approach every beat as a world that I know nothing about, and all I can do is paint my perspective over it. I believe deep down that we’re all still children at heart.
What song came first on the album and how did it influence the rest of the project?
The first song that I created for the project was “Jade”. It was back in January of this year and being honest I really wasn’t happy with the music I was making. That’s why this one is so special because I took a break from writing to refresh and this was the product. I kind of lost myself in the cadences of the beat. Production wise it definitely set the tone for this project. I was kind of like, “cool, I just wanna keep rapping”.
Your latest single, 'Live 2 See', dropped at the end of August. What was your process like for creating this single?
Live 2 See was definitely on the more seamless side. I had a show in Brooklyn back in early July and afterwards me and Kirti (producer of “Live 2 See”) got in contact. I wanna say he sent me about five or six beats and I sent this one back in about two days. We’ve been working and exchanging files since that point and we’re currently sitting on a project.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a lot right now and it’s definitely a lot to balance. My project is number one for me right now. A lot of visuals are in the works for the album and Kirti and I are still working on the music side of things. Aside from that I’m in a collective called 8TH WORLD and we’ve been moving a lot since September started.
In what ways does your music reflect who you are as a person?
Vulnerability for sure. My music is a direct reflection of how I approach hardships and obstacles in my everyday life. How I cope with my past, my family, my love life, etc. I’m honest before anything and I look at the world as something that isn’t here to help me figure things out. You can definitely hear a lot of changes in perspective in my music over years.
If someone is just discovering you, what do you hope they take away from your music?
I want them to be able to relate to someone who’s still trying to figure it out. We’re all alike in that sense. A couple years ago I wanted people to hear my music and leave with a positive message, that’s completely changed. My life isn’t perfect and I’m not afraid to put that in my music. I wasn’t raised in the streets but I’ve seen street shit from people who have been. My family life is far from perfect. I’m flawed and I’m still learning life. I want people to understand that and maybe relate to it.