HHD: You have always loved music. What is it about music, hip hop music, in particular, that you love so much?
JO: I LOVE THE WAY IT ALL FEELS AS IF IT WAS BORN THAT WAY.. HIP HOP MUSIC CAN SEEM EFFORTLESS IF DONE WELL. IT CAN CHANGE YOUR MOOD, IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE NOST InFLUENTIAL GENRES OF MUSIC.
HHD: Early in your music career you had setbacks in trying to turn your musical dreams into a reality. What did you learn from those setbacks?
JO: WELL, I MUST SAY THAT I LEARN A VERY VALUABLE LESSON IN TRUST. TRUST AND BUSINESS ARE NOT LOYAL FRIENDS.
HHD: It’s no secret that it’s a lot more difficult to gain success and notoriety as a female rapper than a male rapper. Why do you think this is so and do you think it played a role in your early setbacks?
JO: MALE DOMINATION PLAYS A GREAT PART IN IT AS WELL OUR DEPENDANCE ON THINKING WE NEED MEN TO GET THINGS DONE FOR US.
HHD: Your image is influenced by former first lady Jacqueline Onassis. What female artists have influenced you as an emcee?
JO: SO MANY, QUEEN LATIFAH FOR HER STRENGTH AND LEADERSHIP, LIL KIM FOR HER ABILITY TO ENDURE THRU ALOT OF HER PERSONAL SET BACKS, AND EVE WITH HER ABILITY TO BRAND HER SELF AND THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.
HHD: You began writing poetry in junior high school and now you have a full-fledged novel — “Grown & Gangsta”. Is writing something you always wanted to do or is it something that you recently took an interest in?
JO: I’VE ALWAYS LOVED TO WRITE, DRAW, SING, DANCE.. BOOKS HAVE BEEN AN AGRESSIVE WAY FOR ME TO LEARN THE BUSINESS AS WELL AS BRANCH OUT AND TRY SOMETHING NEW.
HHD: Talk to us about “Grown & Gangsta”. What is it about and what can we expect from you as a writer?
JO: GROWN AND GANGSTA IS A NOVEL THAT I DECIDED TO WRITE AS A CHALLENGE. ITS ABOUT 6 FRIENDS THAT SURVIVE CHILDHOOD AND FIGHT TO SURVIVE ADULTHOOD. ITS FULL OF TWISTS AND EMOTIONS AND I THINK IT IS A REALLY GOOD READ.
HHD: What inspired or motivated you to write this novel?
JO: C-MURDER HAS A PUBLISHING COMPANY AND ALSO A BOOK AND WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE KOOL FOR ARTISTS TO WORK TOGETHER.
HHD: Do you see yourself writing more books in the future? If so, what are some stories you would like to tell?
JO: YES I AM FINISHING “RELENTLESS” WHICH IS A BOOK I DECIDED TO DO TO INFORM UP AND COMING WOMEN ON THE INS AND OUTS OF THIS BUSINESS AS WELL AS SHED LIGHT ON MY TRUE STORY.
HHD: Right now you are promoting “Grown & Gangsta”. What’s next for Jacki-O? What other projects do you have in the works?
JO: BOOKS, MORE MIXTAPES, MORE ALBUMS!
HHD: What is your definition of a hip hop diva?
JO: A HIP HOP DIVA IS A WOMAN THAT CAN ENDURE THRU HARDSHIPS, TURN A DEAF EAR TO HATERS AND LOOK GOOD WITH OUT TRYING.
Check out Jacki- O at www.myspace.com/jackiomusic