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JasonX is a musical bridge, or more like a Stargate. His music and style span great distances and time frames with relative ease

We met in a park in Brooklyn, New York on a relatively afternoon. Once we met in the parking lot, we walked to a quiet grove that seemed to be a least 15 degrees cooler than everywhere else in Brooklyn. I was surprised to see how youthful and fit he was. He looked between 15 and 20 years younger than expected. He attributed his youthful appearance and spirit to a program in The Nation called “How To Eat To Live. He wore no jewelry except for a modest watch. His style was definitely HipHop Culture with cool sensibility. He opted for a simple pair of jeans and a black tee shirt with the image of Tupac and Biggie shooting dice together, a pair of crispy Stan Smith Adidas. I asked him about the shirt: “The design is from a friend of mine, Brother Steven. You can find him on 125 th street in Harlem.” I noticed he was very security-minded. I felt like I was on Star Trek and was run up on by an Alien probe. He didn’t just look at me, he looked into me. I felt a little uncomfortable due to our remote surroundings. His smile was that of someone who already knew the punchline to a joke I was telling, yet being polite enough not to give it up. 

what’s up with the reclusiveness?
After my first C.D. On LSN Record Label, I had some moderate heat. We seemed to be on the rise. I was a Lieutenant in the FOI, assisting Min. Hafeez, Min Khalid And Min. Conrad. We were opening up for HipHop Royalty. We were performing for our people in venues, large and small. Things seemed to really come together. This was the early 1990s and crack cocaine was rampant in our community. The C.D. Black In Time, had a decidedly anti-drug, anti degenerate, anti materialistic message so the Industry, looking to put our people back to sleep, came out against it. They had a couple of hack writers call it “preachy”, anti-white, and anti-homosexual. They knew it was a lie, yet, based on their coming agenda of pushing that lifestyle on our people to fill their Prison Industrial Complex, it had to be told. I was indeed hurt, because my People have always known my work in the Community, knowing my base is love. Nevertheless, I had to move on.

Did your relationship with your label survive?
No way! The word to get rid of me, came from the very top of their food-chain. I was told I was mentioned in a meeting Geffin had. Not long after, an article came out in the New York Times asking: “Was HipHop Music too Homophobic?”mentioning me, along with The Audio Two by name; They had a jam out entitled “Whatcha Lookin’ At?”

In hindsight, do you have any regrets about how you handled the backlash?
No Sir! Nowadays, you have the historical record of what went on in our Culture to vindicate me. Most people don’t care, yet I still stand with a clear conscious because I warned them. I learned to measure my movements and my words ever since.

You mentioned that you opened up for some HipHop Royalty. Do you mind sharing some names?
We’ve shared the stage with Gang Starr, Big Daddy Kane, The X Clan, the Jungle Brothers, Doug E. Fresh and the get Fresh Crew, The Zulu Nation, Just Ice, Lakim Shabazz, The Fat Boys, The Skinny Boys, Ice Cube and the Lench Mob, Public Enemy and more. That’s just off the top of the dome.

You mentioned some real, what I call, Knowledge rappers there.
Yes. You’ve got to understand that there was a real Movement happening at that time. I’d like to take the time to acknowledge The 5%Nation at this point. The Lessons were and are the essence of what you may love about that era in HipHop and what you may love about my music in general.

We moved on to talk about music Production. So, I understand that you Produce your own music. Was that always the case?
So, I understand that you Produce your own music. Was that always the case? JX: No. My first C.D. “Black In Time” was a shared project. I shared the Production with Pugee Bell, The S1W’s from P.E., Mr. C (Christopher Muhammad) The Great D.J Premier Blessed us with one also. We recorded at the infamous Quad Studios where Pac was shot. We were recording at the same time the great Freedom  Williams was doing his thing. We would check on each other’s work during the process. I really learned a great deal from that time. Now, I strive to have a unique sound associated with my music. The music I produce today, is designed to counteract the subliminal messages that are imbedded. Some of my beats and arrangements are specifically geared toward medicinal use. If you listen to enough of my music, your tastes will be altered. I really strive to make my beats and rhymes fit a mood and Spirit.

You used to be called The Controversial M.C.J.X. Does that still apply?
That’s not for me to say. I am Political. I’m Pro-Black. I fight ignorance and oppression. I’m not alone in that regard so, I may not be so controversial as I once was. I have been studying the way sound effects the brain and memory. One of the most interesting discoveries deals with Alzheimer’s patients and their relationship to music. I now call music an inter-dimensional portal. You can use music to trigger DNA in very specific ways. I’m tapping into that science each time I produce a new song. I want to bring us to a time when we were in our Natural State.


I understand you produce and collaborate with many International Artists.
Yes Sir! I don’t place borders on myself. The lines on the map are artificial. Technology has brought the world closer to me and I take full advantage of it. I do work with Marco Spada and The Tribe in Italy. Franc Toh in Abidjan The Ivory Coast, Neg Lyrical and his lab in Paris, France. Ma Africa Lion Dione and On Stage Entertainment in Senegal and the list is growing. We did a great fundraiser for a children’s home in Benin, West Africa. We raised money with talented Artists from all over the globe. That’s real HipHop Activism!

Where do you go from here? Do you intend to build here in the United States?
I’ve been working diligently to build a body of music I can leave as my love letter to HipHop. I would like to enjoy some commercial success here to get back at the forces who tried to destroy me. It would be a sort of revenge. Power concedes nothing without a demand. I would like to put a show together and tour for about a year then go back to doing what I do. When I say tour, I mean really elaborate HipHop Culture on display. Dancers, Beat-boxers, D.J.s, Graffiti Artists, Fashion, lights, cameras, Action! I would love to let the world know how multidimensional the HipHop Family is! Here in America, the same forces that came against me keep HipHop Culture in a flat, one dimensional bag that distorts it’s real beauty. So much so, you have Black Intellectuals shying away from us. They only come around when there’s money to be exchanged. That has to change. We are not step-children. We ARE the family. So, I’m selling my music Ala-carté now. You can buy whatever you like. Make your own album or purchase it all! My website is about to expand with some merchandise to help support the music as well.

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