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Rising Stars: Meet Jazlyn Gold

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazlyn Gold.

Hi Jazlyn, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I got started with music as a young children, playing both the trumpeter and the violin. As I got older, my mom began to step into the hip hop music industry which peaked my curiosity. I would listen to the artist she worked with the play beat tapes by her producers, such as Jay Clove. Since, by then, I was already writing books and poetry I decided to try my skills rapping. I fell in love and in high school grouped with a few of friends to begin dropping music. We never dropped anything, but we did make songs and those experiences stay with me throughout college. At 21, I decided it was time to take music more seriously and I spent the next two years working out ‘Who’ I was going to be. I developed my voice, wrote song after song until I found my style, I developed my persona and finally came up with my name ‘Jazlyn Gold’. I decided to use my voice as a means to tell my story, that one day somebody will hear me and know they’re not alone in their situation or be inspired. I’ve dropped music every year since then getting stronger and stronger in my creative process since time moves on.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
One of my biggest struggles was becoming confident in how I sounded. It’s weird hearing your own voice recorded and it took me a while to like it. It’s also weird when you’re in hip-hop but grew up listening to musician’s 80’s music. My biggest hurdle was turning the switch off that makes you care what others think. I like what I make, somebody else out there will too.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I make hip hop music, sometimes I rap, sometimes I sing. I specialize in creating melodic stories for my listeners to follow that still hold up the lyricism. I’m probably most known for more adlib ‘Gold’. If you listen to my music, you’ll immediately know what I’m talking about. I’m proud of just hitting the start button and running full force. It’s hard to dive into something, but when you’re committed, you just do it. I think what sets me apart is that I’m me. I have a unique story to tell and have a unique way of putting that nobody else would. Even if somebody copied my style, they still could tell my story or represent what I represent. This is what I lived and how I felt, nobody else will ever feel that but I know a lot of people will know the feeling. Kind of like, yeah I didn’t pass that test, but I did past this so I can understand. I recently dropped a tape the last day of February called, ‘For the Love of’, for all those who hate in the season in love.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up, it’s like I had two personalities really. I could be really talkative and creative. I loved to play outside, floor all, basketball, baseball, tag, whatever we were doing for the day. On the other hand, I loved to stay in my room and read a good book. My dad tells me I would stay in my room for hours and just read. I’d bring a book home and take it back to the library in two days, then start the next one. Not just any books, novels. I also did a lot of puzzles growing up, my dad would glue them to a board and we’d keep them. Real late at night though, you could always catch me in the basement listening to music and playing the game. I’d listen to Temptations, Isle Brothers, El DeBarge, Chris Brown, Gucci, OJ the Juiceman, real old Nicki, Trey Songz, Omarion, anything really even rocks. My hobbies and music taste just grew from there into high school. In high school I painted, designed clothes, and rapped. I still do all of those things now but my focus is rap.

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Jazlyn Dixon Domingo Cortez Maalik Jones Clinton Oatis

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