Jigg: "I'm Not a Rapper, I'm an Artist"
Once you get a taste of that A-1 quality rap, then there's no going back. No mid-level trash. Nothing but high-grade tracks.
It's be a little over a year since Miami rapper Jigg released the second installment of his on going HighGrade series with DJ Folk, a project followed by the DJ Drama and DJ Canon hosted Spittaducation.
In that year, Jigg be able to continue to build a brand by being successful at marketing his music through the top blogs such as 2DopeBoyz and Rap Radar and landing singles on the radio, a feat many local artists find difficult.
As Jigg preps the release of HighGrade 3, Crossfade caught up with Jigg to talk about what the last year has been like for him, his relationship with DJ Folk and his thoughts on our "Miami's Top Ten Rappers on the Come-Up" list.
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Crossfade: What's the last year been like for you since the release of HighGrade 2 while gearing up for HighGrade 3?
Jigg: The year's been real great for the brand. I've been exposed to a new fanbase since the release of HighGrade 2 which had the single "So Hot," which was my first single that got the most airplay on 99 Jamz and other stations across the country and got a lot of love from DJs in the club in state and out of state. So that really put a lot of eyes on me and my brand and let more people know what I'm doing.
What would you say is the biggest different between HighGrade 2 and 3?
This one is way more personal. I talk about a lot of subjects and topics that I've never touched on in my previous bodies of work. This is a great body of work. This is a great body of work, but I would say that when somebody takes a listen to HighGrade 3, they're really going to get to know me on a personal level. So I think that with this one they're really going to see my approach as an artist and they're really going to understand me and not just be entertained, but they're really going to get to know me.
Describe your relationship with DJ Folk because you guys have worked close together on your past projects.
That's the homie. I've been messing with him for a while now. I met him through a mutual friend of mine. He reached out, and he sent me some tracks. He was just impressed by my work ethic, my music, and things like that. He always had an ear. He played a big part in discovering Big K.R.I.T. before the world paid attention. He just felt I had what it takes to get to the masses. I guess he has a thing for being a part of new projects before they get to the masses.
How did you feel about the "Miami's Top Ten Rappers on the Come-Up" list?
I didn't agree with the list. I just feel like the list should've been called "Lee Castro's Top Ten" instead of "Miami's Top Ten" because Miami is way more diverse than that. And it didn't acknowledge, even though I see where it came from, it was made in good intent, but it was a lot of people that was left out such as street rappers that come from certain demographic.
Nothing against everybody else on that list, they probably have worked hard, have a solid fanbase. But I just feel like, in my personal opinion, it wasn't balanced, and you doing the list, you not too knowledgeable about the other demographics of rap music, being that I was the only one of the top ten named the "wild card." So I don't think you're too familiar with a certain demographic of Miami artists. I just feel like since it was named "Miami's Top Ten," it needed to be well-rounded, and that list, in my personal opinion, was not well-rounded at all and it didn't have an array of different types of artists from Miami doing they thing significantly.
But if I didn't include somebody why do you automatically assume that I may not be familiar with them?
Because the name of the list is called "Miami's Top Ten." So when you name something "Miami's Top Ten," it has to be a balance, and it was no balance. That's just my opinion. Obviously, if you made the list, you're not going to agree with my opinion because you felt comfortable with that list, so you not going to see where I'm coming from. That list basically needs to be called "Lee Castro's Top Ten." It's a disservice to Miami artists calling that "Miami's Top Ten," in my opinion.
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