Today we’d like to introduce you to Jiros Vickson.
Jiros, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in music started young. Since I could remember, I was jamming to all types of music. My parents kept oldies playing in the house and me and my brother would keep tabs on the Newer music. So it was always around. It was just apart of life. There was a lot of R&B vibes in the beginning so naturally, I wanted to be a singer. But then as I got older, I got more into rap, listening to BIG, PAC, Nas, outkast, etc. if it wasn’t too underground, to where someone needed to put me on, I got my hands on it. I even had a Warren G cassette tape I found in a box full of random tapes. I played that shit out. But even then, I was just a fan. Till I heard 50 cents in the club, then started to get into his music, I decided I wanted to rap. Ever since then, I fell into spirits of writing raps and poetry but being focused on basketball, I never took it serious till I found those dreams cut short… but that’s a whole other story. After that chase, I started diving into music classes at community college and then eventually transferred to a Cal State and kept the music interest going. But was always conflicted by the college grind and the music grind.
With all influences pointing to not chasing music, it was always hard for me to make that leap. But then after college, I tried to be a normal citizen but that didn’t last long. Every second there was always an energy pulling me to the music. Not too long after graduating, my baby girl was born. And then is when I hit the switch from conflicted to this is the way… it’s only been about a year n a half of being all in with the music and I found my self finding some success. With a single + Visual (Long Live) and an EP (T.R.I.P Tape), Standing for Truth Run Its Path, Which was recently dropped on April 6th. Till this point, I’ve taking a lot of bruises and growing pains and I’m pretty sure there’s more to come. But thru all of it, I plan on staying the course and letting it be known to my daughter and others coming up that it’s all possible even if the world is telling you it’s not. At the moment, I’m working on some more music with the goal of being undeniable. Nothing but hard work and dedication.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. As a kid, I was lost. Shit even as a twenty something I was lost. Low self-esteem and confidence. Both parents were there but weren’t at the same time. And that only led to more and more troubled thoughts and depression. It took me years to get to the point of being me to the world. I feel my journey has always been a fight with my self. Deleting old habits while trying to find new ones that will help me level up. One of my favorite Nip quotes is “I rather be at war with the world than with my self” forgive me if I miss quote but with that being said I had to go to war with my self just to get to the point of growth to where I could rival the world. But thru all this, I’ve lost friends people tried to play me shut me out, turn others against me. Throw stones and hide their hand. But thru all of it, I will prevail.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an artist, a musician, I’m an entertainer, a creator. I am a business. What I’m most proud of is that I spread genuine Love, Self Love, Growth as a person and as a people. I want to see everyone win even thou that’s not going to happen, but whoever I can bring up with me, I will.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory is staying up late with my cousins playing multiplayer games like Mario part of halo or fusion frenzy.
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