Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Bryson Tiller, and August Alsina are just a few of the mainstream R&B artist that has successfully crossed over. As we live in an era where all traditional styles of music are now fusing together, it has been hard to classify or compartmentalize the genres of this new wave of artists. As the contemporary sounds received heavy backlash, the measure of downloads, streamings, and album sales did not affect the progress of music evolution.
Bleu Magazine: How does it feel to feel to have your debut single generate so much attention this early?
Jahkoy: It’s great, awesome, and the energy is very high! I got a lot of adrenaline out after finally get my project out after 2 years. I am excited to see what comes out of it over the next few months or so after people really get a chance to absorb Foreign Water.
Bleu Magazine: What was it like working with SchoolboyQ and how did the collaboration take place?
Jahkoy: I worked on the record with Rico Love and the studio vibes were awesome. We recorded the record in Los Angeles at Westlake Studios, the song was originally just me on both verses. I thought it would be really cool to have hip hop twist with a rap verse and at the time we thought ScHoolboy Q would be perfect. We sent the record out to the TDE camp and we heard back that ScHoolboy loved the record. Eventually, we got his verse and it was the perfect fit.
Bleu Magazine: What’s the inspiration behind your EP Foreign, and what was the process like creating it?
Jahkoy: Inspiration behind the Foreign Water EP was me being asked multiple times where are you from and me having to explain that I am coming from Toronto and with all the rising stars coming from the city the one thing that everyone has to say is “there must be something in the water” and it was very interesting to me because I had never heard that term. It was really interesting to me once I started touring the states to see how people really felt about Toronto. The process was amazing. I was glad that I was able to tell my perspective on the whole experience of being in California and where all the things that I have encountered. The process was just going about it day by day and not really thinking about it but telling my story.
Bleu Magazine: Name three artists who have influenced you musically the most and why?
Jahkoy: Kanye West, Pharrell, and Andre 3000. All these artists are relatively in the same world of creatives and have the same type of impact on me as an artist. I love how they think outside the box and don’t lock themselves into a specific genre or a specific style. They are just creatives and the way they portray themselves as artists have been a big impact on the way I look at music and the way that I feel about music. I pull a ton of influence from them and I don’t want to give myself 4 walls to be blocked by when I am creating. I am in my own world and in my own space and I shoot for the stars. I don’t want to block creative for any opinions. I am writing my diary and I am sharing my first part of my story on the Foreign Water.
Bleu Magazine:What do you want the world to know about you as an artist?
Jahkoy: I want the world to know that I was one of the creatives that stood out and was able to not be afraid to do something that is not the norm, not what everybody feels like should be going on. I want to do something know that is fresh and exciting and I might even want to do a little plot twist and change the way people look and feel about music.