A Young Lord On A Journey: Juice Exclusive Q&A


Check out the interview with Juice exclusively on Rude Boy Lifestyle Magazine.

RBL: What is the meaning of your name? How did you get it and what is the significance?
Juice: The meaning of my name “Juice” to me is being that guy that can do whatever whenever no matter the circumstance. I got my stage name back when I was in high school. I had the juice haircut from the movie and it was pretty dope; that’s what they called me that. My name is also significant because it defines me. I think I’m that guy and my talent can back it up.

Can you tell us about the music scene in your area? How is it like? How are the other artists?
The music scene in Fayetteville, NC is on the come up. There’s a couple of locals putting it on for the city and Carolina is starting to get known for the music. I love it.

How did your friends and family first think about your career?
My boys were with it from the start. We all knew what we wanted to do so we said forget anybody hating, we got to build an empire; look at us now. I think my family didn’t take me seriously till they saw with their own eyes what kind of impact I have on people with my music. After that they were onboard.

What are some of your favorite brands out right now?
My favorite brands are Rudeboy, of course, Levi, Nike, and Fly Society.

Who are your top five favorite musicians right now?
My top favorite artists right now are: Drake, he’s someone that inspires; Dizzy Wright, another dope underground artist; Fetty Wop, I rock with him heavy; Kendrick Lamar, also a very talented artists; and lastly I would probably say Future. I plan on recording a track with all of these artists, it’s one of my main goals.

What keeps you going in this tough music economy? How has it changed you overall?
What keeps me going is just being hungry and never giving up even when all the odds are against you. I wouldn’t say I changed, I would say it just made me wiser with decisions I had to make. There’s the rapping side and then there’s the business side. You’ve got to be good at both to survive. It’s just tuning me up.

What are some of your focuses outside of music? Do you have family or other businesses around?
My main focus is the music. I want it so bad that it’s the only thing I try and focus on.

What separates you from the next artist in the business?
What separates me from other artists? My delivery, my voice, my energy; I’m raw, I’m new, and I’ve got a different sound that everybody likes. I put my all into my songs. I write my own lyrics and I just put on for my people and let my music do the talking.

What advice can you give to the other small artists that are just starting out?
Any advice I can give to other small artists? Practice heavily because you never know when you’re going to be put on the spot. So always freestyle to yourself or with your homies. Be consistent and never give up because dreams do come true.

Are there thoughts of signing to a major label or distributor yet?
I would sign but only if the deal was right for me and if I have creative control of my records. Then I’m sure we could get something going.

What do you think the future of music industry will look like?
Real Hip Hop is on the come up. The future industry will be nothing but lyricist; real music you can put on to get you out of the mood or music that any normal person can relate to in their everyday life.

Where can we find you and connect with you? Can you tell us your social media links etc?
You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Soundcloud. Be sure to follow a young lord on his journey. The whole squad’s ready to take off. Jump on before it’s too late. #BWDL

Instagram: @jugomane
Twitter: @Juiceministries
Facebook: @Dyquan Johnson
YouTube: @Dyquan74

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