ARTIST NAME: Upstate Ja
SONG TITLE: 40 n my Shorty
Upstate Ja is a true talent. The music he has already created has led those who are familiar with him to believe that he is a star in the making.
When asked about his chances in the rap game, Ja’s response is and always will be, put simply, “This is my destiny.” Something clicked for Ja. Suddenly, Ja found a clear path to spread his message and story.
A student of all types of music, Ja has been studying the art of hip hop through rappers like Rakim, Andre 3000, and 50 Cent.
Ja explains, “I would describe my music as real, raw, and simply truthful. My purpose is to share my story. I am not here to be another player in the rap game; I have a story to tell. I know others have suffered hardships similar to mine and I truly believe that everyone can relate to my music.”
Ja’s music will one day act as an escape for his fans from the stressors of everyday life.
Growing up in one of the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Albany, New York, Ja watched his father walk out of his life. While his mom did her best, her cocaine addiction that spurred from being a victim of domestic abuse, hindered her parenting abilities.
Thus, Ja found himself a problem child, traveling from foster home to foster home until he found himself selling drugs to provide for his siblings.
After a few stints in jail, Ja has been out of trouble for 12 years with three children and a full-time job.
Ja explains, “I am finally able to live a responsible and productive life. Prior to now, I have held my emotions and message inside.” A reflective thinker, Ja has stayed away from social media, remained very reserved, and kept a low profile.
Remember the name Upstate Ja because soon his story will influence the lives of many people.
Tell us your names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
Jameen T. pointer (Upstate Ja) born in the U.S.A. My childhood experiences were pretty rough being raised in a poverty-stricken community where all the world’s negativity, violence, and distractions greet you every day as you open your door – Very easy for one to fall victim, too, when in such environments.
State your academic qualification.
I possess a general high school diploma with some courses in a community college in the field of business administration.
Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.
Thus far my music career has been quite a journey. It’s opened me up to a whole new world of possibilities I never thought would be possible.
I learned so much about life, love, the power of believing and being true to yourself.
During my career I’ve connected with many great people from producers such as Arty Skye of Skye Lab Music Group, to opening up for Tony Yayo; an artist out of 50 Cent’s G-Unit camp down to various open mic events.
The name Upstate Ja simply comes from my birthplace in Upstate N.Y. connected with the first to letters of my first name.
I have always been a fan of music for as long as I can remember. Unlike anything else music is everything; it teaches, it plays on your emotions, it can build you up, take you down and I love it.
My skills as an artist are songwriting and creative writing. I am improving with every new idea and session as I lay my vocals. There is always room for improvement to be better and every day my skills are being sharpened.
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.
The genre of my music falls under hip hop/rap. Like all my ideas behind my music, they come from inside my memory/experience either I personally went through or witnessed at some point in time.
Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.
To run a record label first you must have an undeniable passion for music of all genres. I believe you must be dedicated and committed. You should be honest in every part of the business dealings, having the best intentions of believing in your label as well as the artist you sign to it.
I believe you should promote both just as equally because they are a reflection of each other.
Lastly, let nothing derail you from the goal which regards being a solid honest businessman with great artists that create life-changing music that will last into eternity.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
My music is currently being promoted on all social media sites @ Upstate Ja.
An indie radio station out of Atlanta Georgia 106.3.
I’m also being promoted through a blog on Yvonne Wilcox Pen Name Network News – the creator of LHMPR Radio.
The single also appears on all digital music sites for sale. Reverberation, SoundCloud, and YouTube.
Explain the story behind the song.
The story behind the song is based on Bonnie and Clyde’s theme.
Staged in the communities of a ghetto the streets; the hood where a man and woman embarked on a journey of robbing different drug dealers like Bonnie and Clyde did banks.
List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
106.3 Atlanta’s indie artist uncut radio station.
Yvonne Wilcox Pen Name Network News Blog.
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director.
Upstate Ja consists of only 1 member – Upstate JA. The producer behind the song would be credited to N.Y. Bangers.
The creator behind the lyric video is credited to Arty Skye of Skye Lab Music Group.
Elaborate on the song and music video.
A guy and woman in a relationship that involves robbing the street as hustlers – It speaks about how loyal and trustworthy women can be at times more than men. In this song, her loyalty leads her to her own death.
Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.
I’ve been actively laying the actual groundwork in the music business for four years now starting in 2015.
Prior I have been a dedicated student observing taking in all the artists, all the songs; all that come with music from every angle all my life before deciding it was time to make an entrance.
I learned there are a lot of talents out there and the competition is real, it’s not an easy craft and it is an even tougher business. Either way, I know through my efforts, hard work, and persistence I’m setting myself up for future success…
My future goal is to be able to live wholesome, educate, and entertain.
Indeed I plan to give back by investing in not only my community but communities around the world just trying to make a difference.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
I’m unique due to the fact that I feel my music is just raw, real and it’s my truth.
Reflecting back when I was lost in the street with the people I was dealing with and living the life of damnation which most never make it out of. I dug deep inside myself and said I’m better than this I want a better life so I stepped out and decided to embark on a journey everyone thinks is impossible. Four years later I’m still here grinding and it feels good.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
My weakness would be my overthinking at times doubting my music; second-guessing. My strengths would be my ability to always suppress those thoughts and keep writing, keep recording, and just working.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
Position of Power- 50 Cent
Ambitionz Az A Ridah- 2PAC
The Convo- DMX
Quiet storm – Mobb Deep
40 n my Shorty- Upstate Ja
Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
I think the ‘Do It Yourself’ concept can be very beneficial for the artist. Overall it displays independence.
I think it’s an opportunity for the artists to show how bad they want success and it builds characters which at the end of the day I think makes them better artists.
Your names on everything, you are pretty much self-made to sum it up which is wonderful and you could be comfortable with that and do well for yourself.
At the same time, I feel a major label is the next level where everyone would like to be at some point in their career.
It is like others see your worth by believing in your art and willing to partner, invest and assist you in being the best artist and best brand you can be.
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
Aside from my passion and dedication to pursuing music; I’m also a dedicated father of three children. I’m also in pursuit of their happiness their wholeness. In pursuit of a bright future for them giving them the building blocks, they need to be successful early on in their lives, finding their passion, investing, and never giving up.
List your various works.
This song would be my first official release with a lyric video and digital distribution. Although there are other recorded songs available for listening on all my social media sites: Reverberation, SoundCloud, and YouTube @ Upstate Ja.
State the official date of release.
The official release date was 5/10/2019.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Coming from Upstate N.Y., I wanted to take that to make it known where I’m from without question and I joined it with the first two letters of my first name to create Upstate Ja.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
40 n my Shorty – 40 is short-termed for a 40 caliber handgun. Shorty is in reference to a female in this case. The two merged and became catchy upon repeating it so that’s what I went with.