New England based independent hip-hop artist J’You recently visited WERS and conducted an interview for live music week. Formally known as Ju$tice, J’You changed his name due to trademakering issues. “ I was originally going by Justice but since there were so many people already using that name I figured I should change it”. For a while he spelled Justice replacing the “S” with a dollar sign, but felt this was untrue to his nature. “I spelled my name with a dollar sign but I’m the poorest rapper in the game” the MC joked.

A fan of the golden age of hip-hop J’You credits legendary MC Tupac Shukur as his inspiration. Tupac shares the same birth date as the independent artist’s mother, June 16th. The MC continued on with the topic saying, “This to me was enough to know what my calling was”. J’You gave an anecdote about his mother. “Growing up in my house was a knitted fly swatter that said, “Life’s a bitch”, while everyone else had anecdotal door mats that said things like,” Home is where the heart is.” J’You learned an important lesson from the message on the fly swatter, it instilled in him an attitude that nothing is free in life and that you must be willing to work hard to accomplish your goals.

Along with J’You in the studio was his long time collaborator Spitz Beats who produced the majority of the records on J’You’s upcoming project Classic Reaction. The only track that was not produce by Spitz Beats is the first song of the album. The Self-titled track Classic Reaction was produced by major New England producer/MC Statik Selektah. Other local artists that are featured on the mix tape are REKS, Mic Stylez, Big Pooh and Joe Scudda. J’You also blessed the interview by premiering a new song entitled She Don’t Sing for Me. He ended his first WERS interview with a freestyle that highlighted his lyrical ability.

By Mike J

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