Bred in an area of Virginia with an eclectic mix of sounds from trap to more chill artsy Hip-Hop, Portsmouth raised rapper Jar-El was blessed by Hip-Hop pioneer the late great Guru from Gangstarr who spoke to him as a youth before he began to pursue a career in Hip-Hop.
“I think my biggest inspiration was Guru from Gangstarr and he just kind of told me that I could rap and that I didn’t have to do it the same way that other rappers do it. He told me I could be my self,” Jar-El explained.
Inspired by the late great Guru, from there Jar-El caught the “rap bug” and developed an infectious almost work-a-holic mentality when it came to creating music that he calls art. He also cited Wiz as an inspiration for his D-I-Y attitude when it comes to pursuing your music as a business.
“A lot of people don’t understand my name, but I’m actually named after Superman’s dad, and I want some of my comic book friends to pick up on that, I’m different and I think my music and who I am represents that. I’m in love with making the music and I just love the music. I’m kind of a work-a-holic when it comes to making it,” Jar-El explained.
“My latest single “Coolin” is from my project over the Summer and its my biggest single to date. We are just pushing Chilligraphy to the end of 2018 and now I’m based in the Atlanta area and I’m going to start showing the culture and scene here for the music videos.”
Starting off with choppy organs and a catchy lead, Jar-El’s rhyme patterning immediately catches the beat with a infectious rhythm. This song is a laid back get money track that speaks of living the good life, yet it’s a simple bouncy song that’s sure to inspire listeners to keep things solid in the game.
“Chilligraphy, is a like a concept what I was making wasn’t quite trap but it had a upbeat feel, so my music is kind of the like the art of being cool. Something different that I created and it kind of started off as something different and then I changed it along the way and came up with that,” Jar-El said.
“Me and Cook, we are part of a collective of artists called “S.B.” which stands for Spiritual Brothers, we met about five years ago and we started making music – so you can be on the look out for more from us as a collective too,” he added.