In all of my interviews I usually don’t give my opinion too much. But this interview really strikes me. First it’s local to me and second. Why the fuck aren’t these guys and I mean all 65–100 members of these BOOM BAP HEADS and the talent they got pounding in yours and his and her BOSE stereo system. Get the word out and make it a thing for the SONS OF BOOM BAP.
So where did you grow up Jesse?
I grew up in a small town outside of Kitchener called Breslau.
Breslau was established in 1850 when Joseph Erb built a dam, a sawmill and a grist mill. The village was named after…en.m.wikipedia.org
I went to the public school there and then went to Preston High School.
Yo peeps go check out the history on this city. I love the story line to this one.
What artists inspired you to pursue your dreams when you were younger?
My biggest inspirations were my cousin Dan Taylor (2 Cent) and my boys Knowit and Kage. My cousin lived in the Malvern area of Scarborough so I was first introduced to hip hop when I would go visit him. Then in grade 10 Knowit, Kage and I formed a rap group called the SWAT Team. lol. Industry wise I would say Maestro Fresh Wes was the first artist I really looked to and thought “Hey, maybe I can do this!”
Do you have an all time favourite break dancer?
There are so many incredible BREAK DANCERS and B-BOYS. I watched a battle the other day between Junior and Neguin that was mind blowin. I really enjoy watching POPPERS and LOCKERS as well and LesTwins out of France are amazing.
Can you remember the first song you wrote Jesse?
Thankfully no. Haha. I’ve come a long way over the past 30 years.
Who are the top 3 vet members who started up Sons Of Boom Bap?
The original 4 are Cable, Fraction, Illtone and myself. We are original members of a crew from the late 90's called Beatdown Productions and S.O.B. actually began as the Sons of Beatdown.
What female artist would you love to do a collaboration with?
There are alot but I would love to work with Rah Digga. Was always a big fan of her style.
What male artist would you love to do a collaboration with?
Easy. Pharoahe Monche to me is the GOAT.
When did you tell yourself, this is it I am gonna follow my dreams and nothing will stop me?
I’d like to say Ive never doubted my path but I’ve been on and off with this dream over the past 15 years. Ive had a number of set backs that held me back temporarily but at the end of the day writing, recording and performing music is my passion and I will continue to create until they rip the mic out of my cold, dead hands.
Can you tell us about your brand new Album?
The Past is the Future is a 43 track double mixtape comprised of musical contributions from the majority of our members. It is old school boombap at its finest.
"Remember that feeling? The one when a new hip-hop jam drops and you just can't get enough. Every time you hear it, your…thesonsofboombap.bandcamp.com
How many members worldwide are you at in your community?
Currently 65 but we grow every day
What are some upcoming projects you have going on?
We have a volume 2 of the mixtape, a secret album project that I cant discuss, I have 3 solo projects, as do a number of our members; Substance, Mighty Rhino, Soulsik, Cable, etc.
What’s a hot spot in your city to go and see a hot live show?
Unfortunately there arent many left. The best place in the city is the London Music hall but it focuses more on larger artists.
Where do you want to be in the future within your brand?
Global. We want to be the go to spot for boombap world wide with music, merch, festivals, etc. Preserving the culture and providing the fans with exciting, fresh boombap all the time!
Any shout outs?
All the sons and sisters of boombap in particular Cable and Klubba Lang who help me steer the ship. My friends and family who have put up with this crazy dream of mine. My best homie “Know it” who has had my back from day 1. Most importantly my wife Jessica for supporting me and my childish ambitions and my 2 kids for being awesome.
What’s your favourite quote?
You must be the change you wish to see in the world- Ghandi