LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—JoJax is raising the bar of the hip hop game, rapping about social issues rarely touched upon by other artists. It’s what truly sets him apart from the other hip hop artists—both mainstream and underground.
“I’ve seen the other side of nothing. I’ve been to nothing. When I moved to California, I was sleeping in my car, and I didn’t have no place to stay. I’ve seen so many different levels of life,” explained JoJax. “What would you do if your husband or wife had cancer? You don’t hear anyone rap about stuff like that. I look around me and I just see the things that’s going on. These issues need to be addressed—school shootings, bullying.”
Recently, JoJax released a new mixed tape titled Stick To The Script. Although the album touches on social issues, this talented rapper also has a few party songs, love songs, etc. to give his latest project variety. “I have a song called Triple XL. It’s a song for the ladies,” explained JoJax. “I’m not going to go into the details because it’s sexually explicit, you know, but I think the title of the track says it all.” In a recent interview, JoJax explained how he came up with the mixed tape’s title.
“When I was younger or would go through things in life, I felt like people were always trying to knock me off of my path of success.
People always say ‘stay focused,’” explained JoJax. “I always say ‘stick to the script’ because once you do that and stick to your goals, nobody can knock you off your path.”
Perhaps, one of the artist’s most profound tracks is Excel, a song about a 7-year-old girl named Alexis Goggins who was shot six times while trying to protect her mother from her ex-boyfriend. The story attracted the attention of the national media. “This was an amazing story. President Obama evened recognized Alexis at the White House. I saw the story on the news and it inspired me to write a song,” stated JoJax. “Miraculously, the little girl survived.”
Jo Jax is currently in the studio working on his latest album. The title is still a work in progress, but the artist promises that the album will be unlike any of his previous songs.
“I’m still in the studio working on songs. It’s going to be crazy. I can’t wait to see how the fans respond to it,” stated JoJax. “It’s probably going to come out at the end of the summer. It’s going to be bananas.” Prior to moving to Los Angeles, JoJax grew up in a small town called Waterloo, Iowa. He first started performing at a young age at his mother’s church.
“Being a minority in Iowa was kind of hard. It was hard for opportunities to come along. A lot of kids shoot, kill each other. There, you’re either going to swim or drown,” stated JoJax. “I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Yo, I didn’t even know there were black people in Iowa.’ What is not so funny is that some of the black people don’t have any hope.”
For a period of time, JoJax also became “lost.” His father used and abused drugs and was in and out of his life. It wasn’t long before JoJax began a journey on the same path until he had a life decision to make.
“I was at a fork in the road where I was headed toward self-destruction,” explained JoJax. “What happened was I had to make a choice in my life. Either I’m going to stay there and get caught up in prison or dead, or I can go out and live my dream and be in the music and do something that was in my heart.”
With little money in his pocket, that’s when JoJax made the move to Los Angeles for a fresh, new start on life. At 26-years-old, he started attending LA Recording School where he learned how to become an engineer in the recording industry.
“I ended up looking for an internship and got one at The Boom Boom Room studio,” stated JoJax. “They reached out to me. I went there for an interview. I just worked hard, paid my dues. All the artists that would come in, I’d watch how they did things. I was just learning big time, and it changed my life. If I had stayed in Iowa, I would have been shot dead or I would have been in prison.”