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Meet Jah the Great Pendergraph

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jah the Great Pendergraph.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My oldest brother used to take me to the Guitar Center when I was 12 and showed me how to make a beat on a Yamaha Motif keyboard. He ended up buying one, and we would make beats for his group of friends. At age 18, my friends in high school started rapping, and I decided to do it too, and the rest was history.

I decided to go to LA recording school to learn audio engineering so I could record myself but eventually dropped out. So with the little bit of knowledge I learned in school and a laptop handy, I began to teach myself how to do it all; rapping, singing, producing, mixing, and mastering.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve never been financially stable because I could never keep myself at one job.i get a job and end up leaving it within a year because I know I’m not supposed to be cooped up in a warehouse slaving for $12.50 an hour. I always knew in my heart I would make a living doing what I love and be able to finally get my parents their dream home. I also have a son and a girlfriend who I live for they have really been the main source of motivation keeping me going.

Please tell us about jahthegreat.
I am a rapper/producer. I know its a typical career for a college dropout, but I have a style that’s diverse enough to grab the attention of multiple audiences. I can rap about the material stuff cuz it always fun to flex in music, but I think my heart lies with soulful and real music — That’s where I get most of my inspiration from.

I feel like I have a story to tell and a message to deliver to the world and it stems from what I’ve seen growing up. I genuinely care about the world and if I can make music that can help someone find a way out of depression or turmoil then I know I have found my purpose in life.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have tried harder to find confidence in myself. It took me a while to be confident in my art because growing up me, and my brothers would clown each other all day everyday, and even though it was funny, there’s a damaging aspect to joking that causes a bit of insecurity if it’s done too often or too harshly.

Also, I would have trusted the process. I wanted to be the rapper with the top-notch music videos and the best recording engineer and the best producer, till I realized that it all comes with time. It’s okay to have music videos that aren’t the best quality and its okay to have a song that isn’t mixed great because at the end of the day people like to see growth and see where you started in comparison to where you finish.

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