PM : Do you think that music involves putting your heart and soul into it? Or is it more like letting your mind flow freely to witness the surprising results of your actions?
Jus O : Personally I believe it is the perfect marriage of both speaking from your heart and freely letting your mind wander. I approach my music from a place of letting my mind speak what my heart and soul feels.
PM : What in your personal life has influenced you to choose music ?
Jus O : For me it was the passing of my father. Started from poetry and eventually translated to full raps in my head about how I was feeling. From then on I felt like the only way I could truly express myself was through music.
PM : Do you strive to be unique in your creative endeavors? Please explain.
Jus O : I wouldn't say strive. I'm always myself and that's what makes me unique. I stand out by not doing too much to gain attention necessarily, you feel me? My strong suit has always been just doing exactly what I wanted to do. I approach myself as an artist the same way. When you start to think of gimmicks and stuff I think you start to take away from yourself because you're so focused on maintaining an image to have to work to uphold. When your image is being yourself it's pretty easy to maintain.
PM : What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?
Jus O : I listen to the artists that I believe are great in making music to the capacity that I wish to create it. I watch battle raps, I watch sports, I pick a part my raps to see where I may have left a bar behind or where I feel like I could've made adjustments. I always want to get better, the fear of falling off and remaining stagnant is my biggest motivation. But in a way it's also my biggest flaw because I have to live in order to make the music that I'm living in real time.
PM : Were you ever discouraged? If so, how did it it affect your creativity?
Jus O : Funny, I was hella discouraged this year even before COVID-19 hit. It hindered my ability to focus on creation because it was like I didn't know what exactly was holding me in that place of uncertainty.
PM : If you had to start over, would you choose a different path in your career?
Jus O : No. I would only change how I approached my plan to balance both of my music career and my career as an accountant.
PM : If you could become a character from one of your songs , which one would you choose? Why?
Jus O : All of them. I already am in some way or another. Fun fact: I wish I could always be who I was when I wrote "Everything Gon' Be Alright" feat. Mars Parker. I had a different hunger back then but you know experience has a way of changing things...but that's another story.
PM : In thinking about the things that you have created, is there something that you hated but the public may have loved - and perhaps purchased? How do you explain this?
Jus O : Nothing that I hated about the actual music. I hate that I didn't follow through with certain aspects surrounding the moments of the music. I touch on all that in my new music though.
PM : What is your favorite color? Does this color describe you as a person?
Jus O : Black. Because I am black. But seriously I do think it describes who I am. I'm solid. What you see is what you get.
PM : 2018 you released “Jus Uniquely Sharing Observations “ J.U.S.O you dropping a 7 track album that was well put together, can you give us a time frame on your next project?
Jus O : Thank you that's much appreciated because we racked our brains sequencing that project and the fact that it's still reaching new fans is amazing! As far as new music I won't give a date but I can say it is worth waiting for the date. However, yes, it will be coming in the first qtr of 2021.
PM : Has anyone ever told you that “ Been Love, Still Love” reminds them of “ Let The Beat Build” by Lil Wayne lol?
Jus O : LOL no but that's a take that I never would've thought I'd hear. That's dope though because that's probably one of my favorite Wayne tracks of all time.
PM : What is the best advice that you have been told rather musically or in your personal life?
Jus O : My mom's favorite advice to tell anyone: Family isn't what you're born into, it's what you make it. Definitely would have to be the best advice I have carried with me my entire life.