Get to know: Andre Jakai


How did you come up with your name?
My name is actually my real name, at the time when I started rapping no cool nicknames were really sticking so I chose to run with it cause it went well together.

Where are you from?
Hartford, CT. The city can be very dry at times depending on what type of person you are you have to really create your own fun. It’s very cliquey and standard, its some what like hell for creatives because there’s not much support and belief for the arts. Violence goes on like any other city but if you keep out the mix you won’t be affected much. At the end of the day I wouldn’t trade where I come from, the hardships made me more humble and consistent.

How did you get into music?
My father and my older brother rapped, when I was in 3rd grade I made my first song ever but because my father never made it and wasn’t in my life I chose to hide my talent until my junior year of High School when my close friend “Vee Skeeno” persuaded me to take it more seriously.

What makes you different than other artists?
My flows separate me from other artists, my style, and the way I think in general is different from artists today. I’m really pushing for a state that doesn’t get any thought at all when it comes to Hip-Hop. Music really is my passion, I don’t do it for a check like some and at the end of the day I’m still going to write as a release from outside stress.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on my first album ever called “Smoove World” and I’m hoping to really break through and disrupt the game with this one so I’ve been taking my time on it.

Anything you would like to say?
Yes.. Watch out I’m drippin drippin, watch out I’m drippin!


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