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Check Out Justin “STR33T” Scott Jr.’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin “STR33T” Scott Jr.

Hi Justin, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland. I moved to Los Angeles when I went to high school and here is where my artistry really developed. I have been in artistic programs/spaces my entire life. However, moving to Los Angeles and seeing so many different types of people doing so many different things, it really showed me that I could explore music and make it my own. Especially, going to high school at Hamilton High in West LA and being surrounded by so many creatives was so influential for me and that stage of my development. Taking music through all of these changes and different periods in my life, it has become my way to learn myself, communicate my feelings with others, and to get glimpses into who I could become.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
To me, one of the biggest lessons that I have learned throughout this artistic journey has been that in order to make the meaning art and music that I want to make, I can’t be emotionally unavailable. I have to constantly be vulnerable with myself so that my art can be honest and infused with the deep feelings. These feelings come out through words and lyrics but I really cherish those parts of music that are understood and felt without language. It’s the funk and umph in the chords, tones of my voice, and varying velocities of each note that allow that vulnerability and feeling to shine. I’m grateful for this journey to greater self-exploration and vulnerability, even if it can be really difficult at times to hear how I really feel.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am music artist, producer, and songwriter. I make unapologetically Black art with the intention of making people feel at home. I like to think that people that listen to my music know parts of me that some people may never understand otherwise. With all of my art, I also place a huge emphasis on community. I love hosting collaborative spaces for other creatives through my platform, VELVET AV3. Here, post-COVID, we will host VELVET Sessions where local acts come together to create, space where I get to cook for people that I love, and a slew of other events centering our voices that are variant and beautiful. EVERYONE GO STREAM MY NEWEST SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO, SPEEDING! It is in the YouTube link.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love that Los Angeles provides opportunity and unintentional networking. I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland and I moved to Los Angeles during my sophomore year of high school, and one of the most shocking things about moving here was that people in Los Angeles can honestly do whatever they want and make a living from it. In Baltimore, the life of a musician or producer or artist seemed a lot more distant and different. Art there is a lot more communal and local, but in Los Angeles even the localized art is just one step away from the mainstream. I also love LA’s Black spaces like Leimert Park and the Crenshaw District. They make me feel like home.

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Photography credit: Justin Ward and Aniya Wolfe

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