We had the good fortune of connecting with James Wade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve made it a point to make my life my ministry, music called me to it. Music became the soundtrack to my purpose and mission. The mission was to show others these mountains could be moved, it was a vehicle to inform, be insightful, enlightened and engaging. No matter my journey in life, music always was around, songwriting always called me to it. Wanting to be a positive reflection and addition to hip hop culture, was important to me. Music is a way to be abstract and still competitive, it can bring out the most intense emotions in you at random times, it takes thick skin. I’ve always enjoyed just being a fan of the creative community and been thankful to have been able to appeal to so many different regions, demographics, in different eras – it’s been humbling. It chose me…
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a musician / song writer who creates themed albums what layered meaning, that blends genres/subgenres such as 90s era hip hop, conscious hip hop, trapsoul, battlerap, R&B, gospel, alternative, dub step with soul sampling. The balance of unique word play, schemes and punchlines and mass appeal song writing creates a lane in which anyone can find something they enjoy from me. I’m extremely humbled to have the ability to create bulk, quality work while continuously improving and never sounding dated or without energy. It took years to find my sound, to be comfortable with success and what came with it and still understanding the road was never ending. There have been years where I need to decompress and step away from the scene to re-center myself, then there were moments where I needed to be dive into the scene and play different roles and those experiences kept me inspired / moving. I’ve learned to just continue to put one foot in front of the other, remain consistent, make sure all content is quality and that you work (promote / market) something you believe in non stop until you feel like you’ve exhausted its potential. I want the world to know my brand exists to show that quality and substance in music is still a priority. My brand exists to add positive value to the culture and the world by leading by example and bringing a fresh approach to music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bet. I’m taking them to Black Wall Street and one of the malls like South Dekalb. I’m Vegan so I gotta take ’em out to Tassili’s – fire food out in the A. Stone Mountain Park would be dope to take people to, Little 5 Points, slide out that way. Gotta take ’em to my old studio recording spot out on Peach Tree. One of the 100,000 Waffle Houses on every corner. That other side of me would have to take them to Magic City, Strokers – and the Sky Lounge would be dope.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to that my pops for always believing in my gift and supporting me. I want to thank the supporters, the people who have kept me inspired and motivated to share my gift with the world. I want to thank my Grandgrandmother Me Me (rest her soul) and My Aunt Jean (R.I.P.) for always being encouraging and speaking life into me. I want to thank Th3rd S3T Ent. and the Lights On movement, thankful to anyone who I have met, learned from, experienced, I’m grateful for it all. Lights On
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