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Art & Life with Bj Blunt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bj Blunt.

Bj, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Born in East LA and raised in the Maravilla Housing Projects was one of my biggest blessings. The 7th child of nine, I had a lot of positive influence in my life. My mother and older siblings were great role models. Teaching me a work ethic and introducing me to sports which kept me out of trouble. There I was taught compassion, strength, self-love and love for others. The unity in our community was everything. The culture was rich and authentic. I first started writing in elementary but it was in Jr high school when I became passionate about my poetry.

The moment I heard hip hop I fell in love. Everything about it! The beat, the lyrics, different styles and the messages. The composition always intrigued me. At the time I didn’t know that this interest would be becoming of me. I definitely didn’t grow up thinking I’m gonna be a rap artist. There was a lot I saw at a young age that wasn’t what most people call “normal” it had become the trigger to my writings. I ran away at 15 and went straight to work in downtown LA. I was a parking attendant on Spring St. There I saw and experienced pretty surreal experiences. Heavy drug use, overdoses, murder, homelessness and the mentally ill. I would write what I saw in my poetry. When I was 19 my brother Oscar 14 passed away from AIDS. I felt completely lost. His death affected me greatly. I found my only release was in writing. In my early 20’s I met a softball buddy Lisa Ledesma aka the mistress from KDAY.

Aside from softball, we had the love of music in common. She invited me over to her house one day. She had her turntables and a drum machine. She suggested I write to a track. I remember the first instrumental she put on was Craig Mack “flavor in yo ear”. After the feeling, it gave me I knew I wanted to make music a career. She produced an original beat for me. I wrote to it and we recorded it. This was the day I began pursuing a music career. It came natural and enhanced my love of writing. Throughout the years I networked with many producers and record labels in Cali. I began to showcasing my music performing live over instrumentals.

Once in the studio, I began to play with my style and produce my own tracks. Within ten years, I recorded three albums in total. All on independent record labels. Two albums were released globally. In 2004 and 2006 on all streaming platforms. After in-differences with record labels, I decided to go solo and purchase my own equipment. Ever since then I’ve been putting out music as the creativity flows. I’ve had the pleasure to perform throughout Southern California for the last 20 years. From fundraisers, schools, night clubs to comedy shows. Today, I can truly say that everything I have experienced in life from a child to now has been my inspiration as an artist and the driving force in my music and message.

Please tell us about your art.
I love creating motivational hip hop that sparks and inspires a positive mindset regardless of daily challenges. Consciously writing about self-awareness, acceptance, spirituality as well as global issues. My music is a spiritual journey of shared messages and visions. I hope that others can be encouraged to find the passion inside themselves when listening to my music. I look to provoke thoughts that lead to the heart with optimism, truth, feeling and action. My artistry is my truth. It is the child in me still wanting to see change and growth in the world for the betterment of all mankind spiritually, mentally and physically.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I could only hope artist would use their voice/music as a platform to help others. Honestly, it is their choice. Not every artist wants that responsibility or has it in them to take on such responsibility. There are many artist creating music solely for profit. We can not hold someone responsible who has no interest or creative will to do so.  Speaking for myself, Yes it is my responsibility. I am messenger of consciousness. My music embodies positivity, adversities, resilience, experiences and encouragement for the masses. I reach out to others in hopes that they can hear, feel and see their victory within these shared messages and  experiences.

Issues that concern me have affected and influenced my music greatly. As a messenger, my music is created to bring awareness to the people and to provoke the mind of the masses into thinking at a higher consciousness.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
To listen to my music or find out more about me you can visit my website at www.bjblunt.comAlso on all streaming platforms. Spottily, iTunes, Sound Cloud, YouTube.

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