What does all of this have in common? It's all been accomplished by an artist the HipHopInformant can only describe as raw talent and one of those artists with a certain swagger and style that's hard to forget.
Also featured on the HipHopInformant Mixtape '08 (HAVENT GOT YOUR COPY GET ONE NOW!!!)...Let me introduce you to....Jihad.
HipHopInformant: How long have you been involved with Hip-Hop?
Jihad: I’ve been involved with hip hop, pretty much all of my life. I started rapping when I was around 12 years old, but, I guess you could say I was officially in the game around 2002.
HipHopInformant: How did you get involved with Hip-Hop?
Jihad: I have a lot of older family members, from my brothers to my older cousins, and they were all into hip hop/rap music. So, growing up I was exposed to all kinds of hip hop, from N.W.A., Public Enemy and Rakim on to Too Short, Big Daddy Kane and so on.
HipHopInformant: Does your music have a message?
Jihad: Yeh, I always try to make sure that my music has substance to it. That being said, I try to incorporate a lot of aspects of my life into my music. Usually you’ll hear a lot of social commentary or talk about political issues in my songs, but, I also lace my life experience and beliefs into my music as well.
HipHopInformant: Are there any artists that influence you and your music?
Jihad: I’m a student of Hip Hop, so, I’m constantly studying and trying to improve my craft. I listen to as much music as I can, and I try to gain or learn something from every artist I listen to. I think that’s the best way for me to stay relevant and make music that the masses want to hear. Artists like 2pac, Biggie, Kurupt & any of the top rappers, have really influenced my rapping and given me a standard to keep up with as far as lyricism and artistry.
HipHopInformant: Where are you from and does that influence the stuff you rap about?
HipHopInformant: Are there any artists that you'd like to work with in the future?
HipHopInformant: How did the name Jihad come around?
Jihad: The name Jihad had been on my mind for a long time. Originally, I planned to eventually use it as the name to one of my albums, back when Ii first started rapping. But, as time went by I realized that it actually described me as an artist and embodied everything that my music is about. So, I chose to call myself Jihad.
HipHopInformant: What's the most enjoyable thing about performing in front of a crowd?
HipHopInformant: Finally what does the future hold for Jihad?
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