We recently had the opportunity to interview up-and-coming North Carolina recording artist CartiiJaay to find out what makes him stand out from the rest. After releasing visuals for his single “Li Carti”, CartiiJaays future looks brighter than ever. Check out what he had to say:
MHD: To kick things off, tell us about CartiiJaay? Where are you from? How long have you been making music? Etc.
CartiiJaay: I’m originally From Detroit, Michigan lived there for roughly 10 years of my life then I ended up in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. I’ve been doing music all my life got influence early as a youngin watching my mom play in the church choir always been around it.
MHD: How did you start making music? Who were some of your early musical influences?
CartiiJaay: Like I said, got influence off of my mother’s surroundings with music, but I never had the money to get in an official studio when I was first up and coming so I had to learn how to mix and master my own music and edit it as well. Wu-Tang plays a factor I like RZA & Ason , I also mess with Nas a lot as early influences. My to date influencer right now is PlayBoi Carti. That particular artist changed the way for my musical experience he showed me anything is possible.
MHD: Recently, we’ve had your track “Li Carti” on repeat. What is your creative process for writing lyrics and beat selection?
CartiiJaay: I was locked up for 5 and a half Months out near Charlotte , NC. People in my city always knew I had talent so when I left for so long I dropped a tape and no one heard from me after I did my time. So when I got out I decided to let people know where my head was at and where I was coming from. That time let me find myself a little more.
MHD: What things/necessities are a must when you’re in the studio?
CartiiJaay: My brothers. I like genuine energy around me.
MHD: Who are some of your favorite artists and/or producers that you would like to work with in the future?
CartiiJaay: Pierre Bourne , lil Uzi and PlayBoi Carti.
MHD: Do you have any specific music goals that you would like to achieve, in let’s say the next 5 years?
CartiiJaay: Next five years I just want to be financially stable and able to take care of my family. I really want to open the gates for all the scared young talented artist and show them they have no reason to hide that talent they got bottled up.
MHD: What is one piece of advice that you’ve received in life that you can pass on? Or a gem that you can leave the readers with.
CartiiJaay: Life is too short to be out here holding grudges. You’re here to get a check and take care of yours, don’t worry about that other sh*t!
MHD: Any upcoming projects that we should be on the lookout for?
CartiiJaay: Coming soon.
MHD: Where can people find you. Any @’s to follow? (Twitter, Soundcloud, etc.)
CartiiJaay: @CartiiJaay on everything BUT Twitter. @CartiiJaay_ on Twitter
MHD: Any shout outs?
CartiiJaay: Shoutout the 252 My lil nigga Flexaa and BIG BUDDI FOR THE 3 !
Thanks to CartiiJaay for taking the time to do this interview. Be sure to be on the lookout for his future projects and make sure to support.