10 Jun That Girl J Sass
Just from talking to her you can tell that she is her own person and she knows exactly who she is. She understands what it means trying to balance life from being a single mother, to an artist, and playing a role in her community. You can hear it in her music and from watching her music videos as well as she tells a story. I love it when i am able to showcase women in a positive light on my site. She is a woman in every since of the word. I salute her in what she is doing and what she will accomplish. This is J Sass. -Mz. Fierce
Fierce: Who is J Sass as an artist and a woman?
J Sass: J Sass is your everyday woman. She is a full time mother, a full time artist, worker and actress and I play a big role in my community.
Fierce: How did your upbringing mold you into becoming who you are today?
J Sass: Well when I was growing up I was disappointed since I did not grow up in a loving environment. My mother she is was very mean an stern but as a woman I realized I needed to go through that being what I am doing now but it made me a strong minded woman so I guess it is a gift and a curse.
Fierce: Who were some of your musical influences growing up?
J Sass: Um my music influence were people like Monica, Brandy and SWV. At the age of 3 I knew who I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew I wanted to be an entertainer. I swore I was a singer before I was a rapper. I was a real R&B head. I was with a broom and a mop singing but later on I knew I wanted to be a rapper.
Fierce: Back in the day before Nicki Minaj, we had Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, Queen Pen, Foxy and Lil Kim, they were sexy but kind of rough at the same time but Nicki seems to be the norm. How do you feel as far as the state of the female emcee at this moment in hip hop?
J Sass: Sometime I get a little disappointed. I love what Nicki is doing but she became the new mold. Now I know sex always sold in hip hop but back in the day Queen Latifah and Yo Yo they were sexy but they did not have to express that before you heard them. I feel I need to be out there, I am sexy, I have curves and I can use it but not as much. Me being a big part in my community I have to show them the real brand of a woman. I do not feel Nicki shows that. I like what is going on but when I get on I would love to see more women do a show together. Like I would do a show bring out who I want to perform like Missy Elliot or Lauryn Hill. I thought Nicki would do that but I would never beef with Nicki or diss the women who open the doors up for me.
Fierce: Do you feel any pressure at times to change who you are to be more appealing to the audience?
J Sass: I mean yes absolutely. I just dropped a new video for my single “Love Me Again” and I got so much criticism for the color of my skin; the media always pressured us about our body and I deal with that every day in my regular life. Men are always criticizing but I just pray about it. I always second guess myself when I have to do photo shoots that are sexy so it’s tough but I battle it every day.
Fierce: I know you are due to release “Professionally” your highly anticipated EP, explain the theme behind this EP?
J Sass: I am growing to drop 2 J Sass “Professionally” and J Sass “The Alternate Ego”. I really like to write about pain that’s my story. “The Professional” is more commercial and “The Alter Ego” it’s going to be rawer straight forward hip-hop, more old school. I want to please everybody, I want a well-rounded EP, and it’s going to be 8 songs for each.
Fierce: What is it about J Sass as far as your artistry and you as a person that sets you aside from all the other upcoming artist that makes you stand out?
J Sass: I think what makes me stand out is my creativity. I am real independent and to learn how to balance being a single mother and to balance work and to balance all of this stuff; I do not wait for anybody its hard but I think it is important for me to bring myself. I am authentic I am not trying to be anyone else. I think it is my work ethic that makes me different from all other artist.
Fierce: How would you describe your journey thus far as you are following your dreams?
J Sass: I have being doing this for 8 years now or longer than that since I have been rhyming since I was 12 but I can say it has been long but I am finally feeling the love now. I see it, I believe it, I get so much love now and it is so overwhelming but it is inspiring. I have grown so much as a woman as an artist I am so confident.
Fierce: What would you say to a young girl who has decided to break into the music business because it can be very cut throat at times and also a male dominated business?
J Sass: It’s very male dominated. My advice is to stay at you craft; write make sure you learn your craft, study your craft, read a book, learn what a budget is so when you approach someone you know what you are talking about and trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it. Don’t let anyone change you. Writing is very important as well. Take a journal and write down your daily thoughts. Those are poems, those are songs, follow your dreams and never give up.
Fierce: How important is having creative control in your career?
J Sass: That is so important because people do not want you to have creativity they just want to make money off of you. If they are looking for money all the time they are jerking you but if they believe in you and your craft they will be there for you but you have to look out for that. I like to have control and I am very opinionated, I always try to put something in when shooting a video or doing a song. Whoever wants to work with me has to understand I want my input too.
Fierce: Is there any other projects that J Sass has coming up that the world needs to know about?
J Sass: No right now I did so many features in the past for so many people and I don’t want to be a feature artist. Nothing against them but I am focusing on me right now. I tell them let me get my feet wet and then I got them. I get so many people wanting to work with me and you need to network and after the summer I am back featuring.
Fierce: Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans or supporters?
J Sass: Of course I am getting so much support now I salute all my supporters from day one and even the new supporters. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t keep going. I get so much input now to keep going so thank you.