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Meet JustPierre

Today we’d like to introduce you to JustPierre.

Thanks for sharing your story with us JustPierre. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began my music career, in 2009, as a secular artist; producing music for Vixen Ent, YG, Snoop Dogg, The Rej3ctz, and more.

While my music was quickly gaining notoriety, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to life. There was still a void in my heart that accomplishing my childhood dream could not fill. It wasn’t until I surrendered my heart to Jesus Christ that I began to experience true fulfillment.

I’d soon come to the realization that it wasn’t just a dream that I was chasing, but I was also seeking validation, affirmation and acceptance. And the problem with seeking validation from a broken society is that the bar is always raising and what is deemed ‘acceptable’ is as constant as the waves of the sea.

But Jesus’ love is consistent and unconditional. His love brings rest to the weary soul burdened by our need for recognition. This is now the message that I spread through my music as a Christian Rap artist.

Has it been a smooth road?
My biggest struggle is that my music is too “Christian” for Hip-Hop and too “Hip-Hop” for Christians.

When submitting my music to blog sites, the typical feedback is that my songs are good, but “just doesn’t quite fit our channel.” And concerning the Pentecostal church, the only forms of artistic expression that are acceptable and considered “godly” are singing, poetry (spoken word), mime and praise dance, and occasional step dancing (as seen by African-American fraternities).

Quite often, I jokingly refer to myself as Mumble from Happy Feet. I’ve been gifted with a talent that everyone shuns. So dispelling stigmas and preconceived notions concerning Christian Rap has been my most difficult task, but knowing that God, Himself, has given me this specific assignment, keeps me hopeful that someday Christianity and Hip-Hop can coexist.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a Christian artist, my music is most known for inspiring hope. Quite often, I receive messages from listeners that my music encourages them to get through everyday, especially the Christian, who’s desire is to live for God in a world whose mission seems to be to eliminate His very existence.

I believe what sets my music apart from others is that it’s solution-based. The music industry is filled with talented artists who, I believe, do a phenomenal job of pointing out the problems within our society. So while we excel in relatability, I believe we fail in response to the heart’s cry of our communities. We are clouds with no rain.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The music industry is difficult to predict. I mean, one hit song has the potential to change the trajectory of music for years to come. But I believe the key to longevity in this business is learning to embrace change while remaining true to your core competencies.

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Aeson Rose. Edward Cunningham. Ren’a Matthews.

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