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Interview With Sexy Psycho J Irja @j_irja

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1.How Long Have You Been In The Rap Industry ?
Started singing 27 years ago, started rapping 13 years ago. Recorded my first track 11 years ago.
 
2.Who Are Your Major Influences In Your Music?
Eminem & Tech N9ne
 
3.What Is Your Biggest Single ? –  Or What Single Do You Have Out Now?
The single that gained the most traction far for me is my song Goin Ghost, I dropped it while I was living in Chicago. Im currently pushing NUMB3RS off my last mixtape “Blessed With The Curse: RELOADED” available on DatPiff free download or Spotify for streaming.
 
4.Who Do You Have On Your Album?
My next Album “The Sexy Psycho EP vol 1” is dropping Early 2019 and has Multiple Platinum artists including Paul Wall, Bizarre of D12 & Bubba Sparxx. Also heavy hitters Caskey of Cash Money, Gorilla Zoe, Strange Music: JL B Hood & Stevie Stone & King ISO/King KASH
 
5.How Did You Get Into The Rap Industry ?
I started freestyling in Detroit and with the way people reacted to me I knew I had to start taking it seriously. I knew it was meant for me the first time I got on the mic. I went through so much BS when I first started, and still do. I had people try to snatch my mic on stage, I literally had to fight them off while I was rapping. It was crazy. I got jumped by 5 girls at one of my earlier concerts. I’m a fighter though, they weren’t ready – lol. I worked hard af to pay my dues and put in the work necessary, now people are really starting to take notice.
 
6.Where Were You Born ?  – Where Do You Live Now ? 
Born way up North Ontario Canada. Moved around a lot & ended up going to school in Wisco. Spent much of my adult years in Chicago before moving to Atlanta for a Radio show and then to Dallas area where I currently live. I travel all over still though and am in Chicago every month.
 
7.Who Would You Like To Work With That You Haven’t Already ?
My Goal is to work with Tech N9ne and Eminem. I opened up for Tech N9ne which was an amazing experience but I’d really love to get on a track with him.
 
8. Who Do You Have On Your Albums Right Now ?
My last mixtape has Katie Got Bandz and Band Man Kevo both of Chicago on it. These next projects are gonna be crazy though, just did a track with the Legendary Twista.
 
9.Who Is Your Favorite Rapper You Like Right Now ?
Tech N9ne
10.Who Do You Think Is The Hottest Producer Out ?  –  What Would You Say To That Producer On Why They Should Work With You ?
A lot of hot Producer right now, but Kato is one of my favorites. Pretty excited to say I’ve got him on my upcoming album which was definitely a goal of mine. 
Producers should work with me because I take my craft seriously and put not only my entire heart and soul into the track but push them as hard as I can.
 
12.How Did You Come Up With Your Album Title ?
“Blessed With The Curse: RELOADED” that my current single NUMB3RS is on is the second project of the “Blessed With The Curse” trilogy. Redemption is coming next. This title describes me because I go so hard at everything I do that a lot of time my strengths can also be my biggest weaknesses.
 
The album coming out next is “The Sexy Psycho EP vol 1” describes me, my name, who I am “The Sexy Psycho”
 
13.What Is Your Favorite Song On Your Album ?
Its so hard for me to judge my own music. I like all my tracks for different reasons otherwise I wouldn’t have put them on the project.
 
14.Which Song On Your Album Means The Most Too You ?
Legacy off this current project is super deep, it is the most emotional for me. I literally cried when I wrote it. It’s available for free download on DatPiff.
 
15.Who Are You Signed With ?
I am Currently Independent and growing my brand “Sexy Psycho” and my own label “Female Empowerment Movement Militia aka FEM Militia”
My manager is Kinfolk the Lead for DFW Strange Music Street Team
16.When Is Your Album Release Date ?
TBA
 
17.What Cities Do You Plan On Touring ?
We are currently in talks with a couple major artists to go on tour with them so I can’t discuss many details until all the paperwork is in order.
 
18.What Female Rapper Or Artist Do You Think Is The Sexiest ?
I have so much respect for Nicki Minaj. She has Stood the Test Of Time and is a Beautiful Strong Woman.
 
19.What Would You Like To See From The Music Industry Over The Next Year ?
More focus back on Quality and lyrics. Im not into the Pill Pop Rap thats buzzing lately honestly. I miss the industry from years ago when respect was key, dues had to be paid, and people rapped about what they lived. Im trying to bring that back.
 
20.What Is Your Second Single Going To Be ?
The Next Single I push has a DOPE video to go along with it. My LARS Collab called “Ain’t Safe” is a banger!
 
21.If You Could Compare Yourself To An Already Established Artist, Who Would That Be And Why? 
 
My fans compare me to a female mix between Tech & Em because I do chop on a lot of my songs and if you watch my videos they’re crazy and out there kind of like the Early Em days. Honestly I’m honored and humbled that they have compared me to such amazing artists. I personally feel I’m paving my own lane and have heavy influences from them, and that I still have a lot of work to do.
 
22.What Do You Think Your Listeners Will Get Out Of Your Music ? 
REAL. Thats all I do. I rap about my True life and a lot of my supporters say I inspire them to keep going in times of tribulations. Thats what I’m all about, hoping my listeners can relate and find motivation and inspiration knowing they are not alone that they can overcome anything they put their mind to.
 
23.What Were You Thinking About When Your Songs Are Developed? Explain Your Process ?
I Literally write about exactly whats going on in my life at that moment. I put a beat on that matches my vibe an the words just flow out. The Second I put on a beat and really start vining, the Hook pops in my head and I flesh it out with each verse form there. Like I said, my music is all about my real life experiences so it’s just putting my life on paper.
 
24.Who Got You Started In The Rap Industry  ?
I literally used to sneak onto my computer and listen to my Eminem CD when I was younger and try to memorize every word. Thats what inspired me to rap. When I started freestyling in Detroit, I just started literally floating around from studio to studio in Chicago, Milwaukee wherever they’d let me spit. Actually the first person to put me on a Real show was in Milwaukee WI at the Rave, it was my Homey Ghost. I’d say he was the first person to really take me seriously and helped me to know it was possible for a crazy little white girl to make it. The rest is History I guess.
 
25.What Made You Want To Get Into The Music Business ? 
I always knew the music industry was for me. My first memory is me singing on stage at my Aunt’s wedding in a Peach dress with my bangs ridiculously poofed out in a crazy 80s style- lol. It was natural for me to pick up a microphone and be on stage. I started writing songs and recording them into my old school TalkGirl cassette recording device and playing the flute in kindergarten. By first grade I could read and write sheet music. I was published for poetry in middle school for a poem about suicide. I won Multiple medals and awards for Flute in Advanced Honors Band in High school. Like I said, Music and Lyrics are really in my blood. 
 
26.How Does Your Family Feel About Your Music And Your Choice Of Career ?
Honestly, my family hates what I do. I never had their support in my career. I’ve always had to have my own back and build my own support system. Only my extended family in Canada really shows me love like I feel family is supposed to so shout out to my cousins and aunties up there.
I’m not mad at anyone though, It is what it is, I’ve always been the Black Sheep so I’ve learned to deal with it and it made me stronger, wiser and more self-sufficient so It’s a blessing and a curse.
 
27.What Is The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Endure In Life ? 
There are things in my life that are so horrific I can’t even stomach to talk about at this point, they were really that bad where the memories haunt me in my Dreams and Reality. 
I’ve been through a lot. My 2 head injuries made and still make it hard for me to function a lot of times, that with my lack of family support made me an easy target for predators I guess. 
I have been homeless on the street with no food, no ID, no money, only the clothes on my back and had to make a way out of nothing. I almost died multiple times in the streets, a couple times at the hands of the very people I thought would protect me. I have a gun to my head more than once. Just a lot. Hopefully one day I’ll really be able to talk about it all. Just not today, I’m not ready. Listen to my music that’s where a lot of my memories and past come out, that’s where I’m most comfortable talking about it.
 
28.What Do You Hope To Accomplish With Your Music ?
I want to touch people and inspire people that have been through struggles like I have. I want to motivate and inspire them to push and do better, to get through whatever adversity they face in life. I want them to see that if a little crazy homeless white girl can grow and accomplish a dream, they can too! I’m working towards a bigger platform so I can reach more people. 
 
29.What’s The Demographic You Are Trying To Reach Out To ?
I think everyone can relate to my music in one way or another, but my music is for people that have been through something, that have struggled and felt pain. That want to hear something REAL. 
 
30.How Do You Usually Come Up With Your Songs ?
All my music is inspired by my real life.
 
31.What Is Your Goal And Height That You Want To Reach With Your Music ?
I want to do International Tours and be able to touch people all over the world with my music. I want a Triple Platinum Album.
 
32.What Influenced  You Outside Of Hip Hop Rap That Have Helped You Form Your Style ?
My Life. I am the Sexy Psycho. I’m hot but I’m crazy af because of all the things I’ve been through. My style is just that: me in the rawest form.
33.How Can People Reach You ?
 
Phone Number (text for bookings SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY) – 872.233.9158
 
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Web Site – www.thesexypsycho.com
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