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Vibes In The City: J.1Da

Vibes in the City is bringing raw talent to the masses; 21-year old emcee from the burbs in Montclair, NJ J.1Da personifies versatility with tracks like “Understand” to “I’m Good”. Not many artists are comfortable with living up to being a role model, but J.1Da does not shy from the responsibility. The tall, slim framed emcee, has toured in Atlanta, Austin, TX, Miami to Boston with Lavish Jay within the past 3 years. Most notably, J.1Da opened up for Hip-Hop God Rakim at The Wellmont Theater last year. I caught up with the True Music Entertainment artist and talked about his sound and his future in Hip-Hop.

AAHH: What’s the meaning behind your name, and the spelling?

J.1DA: Originally it was spelled J Wonda, but somebody had it trademarked. So I changed the spelling to my name and the meaning is J, which is the first letter of my name, Jah-Que, the number 1 was given to me by my uncle that passed away and my friend who died 5 years ago. It means that I’m unique and one of a kind. The “D” stands for destined and the “A” stands for to achieve.

AAHH: In “Understand” you say you “finally found your lane,” what would you describe as your lane?

J.1DA: I would describe my lane as having a different impeccable cadence and flow, and being able to deliver my message in a way that youth would like, and still being able to remain myself.

AAHH: I think “AAD” shows your strong lyrical ability and flow cadence, who would you want to be compared to if we’re talking about lyrics?

J.1DA: Honestly, I wouldn’t compare myself to anyone else but me when talking about lyrics. But if we had to I would say Fabolous, Nas, Intelligent Hoodlum aka Tragedy, DMX, and Biggie Smalls.

AAHH: What do you want listeners to gain from your latest project?

J.1DA: Jack Rose, it’s an album. I want my listeners to gain from Jack Rose a positive message and recognize the storytelling and that you can overcome any obstacle.

AAHH: Your beat selection is mostly upbeat vibes, what goes into finding your sound?

J.1DA: When it comes to finding my sound it depends on how I am feeling in the moment, I also just catch a vibe depending on how the beat sounds, also the beat sometimes tells me what to say.

AAHH: What’s the biggest misconception on being an artist from New Jersey?

J.1DA: The biggest misconception about being an artist from New Jersey is being a gangster rapper who talks about the same thing over and over again, and doesn’t have the knowledge or the attitude to have a successful career.

AAHH: Is the goal to stay independent or eventually get signed?

J.1DA: I haven’t really thought about that yet, and the way the music industry is now I am not to fond of getting a record deal. For right now staying independent is cool for me, and I will cross that bridge when I get there. The ideal label would be Roc Nation, Epic, Atlantic, Good Music, Dreamville Records, and The Family.

AAHH: When’s your next event/performance?

J.1DA: My next event will be at Rutgers University, which is a concert for my album Jack Rose, and I will be in Austin, TX for South by Southwest, the A3C Festival in Atlanta, GA, the Lincoln Park, and Vibes in the City for my single release party.

AAHH: How can people contact you?

Phone: 862-766-8518
Twitter: @J1DA
Facebook: Fan Page J1DA and Jah-Que McCaskill
Snapchat: therealj1da

Danielle Vauters About Author

Danielle Vauters is a Hip-Hop Journalist and Music Performing Rights Enthusiast from Newark, NJ. A lover of Old School and Indie Hip-Hop, Danielle honed her writing skills at The Source Magazine as an intern and later fell in love with being behind the scenes while working at Broadcast Music Inc. and Harry Fox Agency in NYC for over 7 years. Currently, Danielle assists up & coming artists with their brand and music with her company DV Creative Brands. Follow her on Twitter and IG @Danielle.FUTW and visit for more info.