HHD: You definitely worked hard to gain your spot on the radio. Why did you want to become a radio personality?
KJ: I think I always wanted to be a radio personality. Growing up I was always in my room dancing to the radio. I found comfort in that. I’m an only child. So, I had to find things to keep me occupied. The radio was one of those things that always kept me company. Growing up during the early part of hip hop, it was right for me. I’ve always kind of been a communicator, a talker. I used to get in trouble in school for talking. After doing a whole bunch of odd jobs and things just to kind of pay the bills I wanted to do something that was gonna make me happy. I didn’t wanna spend 20, 30, 40 years working at sometiung I didn’t enjoy.
HHD: I know that you see that it is a struggle for women o gain notoriety as far as rapping. Does that same struggle take place on your side of the game too?
KJ: Absolutely, because radio and the entertainment industry period, trying to hold that same role as your male counterparts is a struggle everyday. It is a male dominated field. You have to fight your way. You have to be strong. In the entertainment industry there is no HR you can go to if you have a problem. You have to deal with those problems and overcome it or you just succumb to it and end up finding something else to do, you know getting out of the game. You have to be real adamant about wanting to pursue the career. I always kind of had somewhat of a tough exterior. I don’t know why, it’s just the way I am. Luckily I am that way, because being in radio there’s always someone there ready to take your spot.
HHD: Why do yo think the female rapper is struggling to break through right now?
KJ: I think because they’re trying to be something that they’re not. Probably in the last five to ten years any female that has attempted to come out and rap has failed. Number one reason is they tried to be what they thought the record company or media wanted them to be. The females that succeeded in being rappers play by their own rules.
HHD: You are a huge part in helping local artists or independent artists get radio play. What would you say is the biggest mistake you see artists make when they’re trying to promote their music?
KJ: Probably not studying their craft.
HHD: I’m sure there are many people out there who think that your job is a glamorous job. Can you briefly tell us what it’s really like to hold down your job?
KJ: People have no clue. It’s a struggle everyday. Constantly being away from family, sacrificing family for career. Being on call. I can’t turn on and off my career. It’s a 24 hour 365 thing. I don’t punch a clock.
HHD: What led you to want to become a part of Eminent Modeling & Promotions?
KJ: I can’t tell you when I felt it. I think just getting to know Ebony it was more about seeing her have a goal, sacrificing herself and her family for that goal. That’s probably what drove me. I just saw another female that cared enough about her company as I cared about my career and have the same passion.
HHD: What would you say Eminent Modeling & Promotions stands for? What sets it apart from other modeling companies?
KJ: Eminent, the name itself is very powerful. Eminent does mean prestigious. It does mean the cream of the crop. We select our team and we select our models that can hold those characteristics. An Eminent model understands her power.
HHD: Who are your favorite rappers and why?
KJ: Tupac for me was every man. He was a father figure. He was a lover. He was somebody that could show you a better way. Very passionate as a person. You could feel it even if you didn’t think it was right. He’s one of a kind, there will be no other. My second favorite rapper is Rick Ross. The reason why I say Rick Ross, not necessarily because his flow is just the best. But I believe that this man took a character, he took a persona. I don’t know if any of his character is his. But he has taken the model look, the model sound, the swagger that people 25 and younger believe that a rapper is supposed to be and he’s made money off of it. I love his music. I think he has a nice sound. He’s a marketing genius. You don’t know that he’s lived any of that. He makes you believe that he did and he probably will take it to his grave that he did. Probably Lil Kim as far as females are concerned. Mainly because she says whatever she wants to say however she wants to say it without apologies. I can respect that.
HHD: What is your definition of a hip hop diva?
KJ: Well, me of course. First of all, to me hip hop is more than music. It’s a lifestyle, it’s the way we live. I don’t know what my life would be like without hip hop. I don’t know how I would move. I don’t know how I would raise my kids. I don’t know how I would be a wife. I don’t know how I would do all that without hip hop. So for me being a hip hop diva, being hip hop is probably the most important part of what I believe a hip hop diva is. Now diva on the other hand is someone that wants to perfect everything that she does. She doesn’t let anything stray her from her goals. When she gets knocked down she gets back up. She don’t let nobody tell her she can’t. She’s going to stand strong and firm and keep her eye on the prize.
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