When It Comes To Learning The Craft Of Hip-Hop, It Takes A “Higher Learning”, And Dayton’s Eman Jones Is Willing To Show You That This Hip-Hop Is Something That Takes More Than Grabbing A Mic And Calling Yourself A Rapper. We Had The Opportunity To Sit Down With Eman, And Get Are Study Guides And Notebooks Out As He Shows Us His Version Of Higher Learning…
1. So the name “Eman Jones”, how did you come up with that name, and is there any
meaning behind it?
My Real name is Emanuel, but my cousin Denishia always called me “Eman” for short. When I got involved deeper in the rap I decided to add my last name Jones to it, give it a more polished finish.
2. What inspired you to become a hip-hop artist?
I always loved the arts from paintings, writings, music, etc. The arts are a big part of my life period and I always wrote short stories, but when I heard Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation album I then knew I wanted to make music.
3. Have you incorporated other genres such as pop or rock in your music for example?
Yea I have incorporated different genres in my music, from having a hint of pop in my song “Play This On The Radio” to having a rock feel to my song “American Money” which is releasing very soon, so make sure you all check that one out.
4. What separates you from other artists? What is it that you know about yourself as an artist
that makes you different?
These days majority of the artist all sound the same and talk about non-sense, music has been so meaningless for some years now. So what differentiates me is I’m bringing a message with my music, it’s positive, I don’t curse, degrade women, discuss violence, etc. The list could go on, but I’m taking a positive approach to bring music that people can feel and relate to.
5. Who are some of your influences?
Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Michael Jackson, Rakim, Jay Z, The Beatles, Janice Joplin, Roger And Zapp, Method Man, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, etc.
6. What are some of your current accomplishments?
I have a song with the legendary Terry “Zapp” Troutman, Been to NYC Atl and other states to perform, Interviews on radio shows, been in contact with different labels, etc. There has been alot of accomplishments and I’m thankful, but at the same time I’m continuing to work and make more happen.
7. What are you hoping to achieve outside of your music?
8. What else do you hope transpires from your music?
That it changes people’s lives, and encourage the youth to be themselves and they don’t have to follow the trends to be accepted.
9. When you think of “Vintage Media Group”, what comes to mind?
I’ve known the people at Vintage For A While so my first thought is family, and my second thought is a company that cares about the independent artist. They have worked hard to build their company up to what it is now, to give the independent artist a platform.
10. The Visual “Eman Jones – That’s Love Feat. Terry “Zapp” Troutman Is Straight
Fire. How did that song and visual come about?
Me and my prod. were trying to figure out what the next single was going to be, and we pitched each other ideas and he build the instrumentation, I build the lyrics and it just felt so right. HD2 had also made this piano version of the song as a pre-lude, and when I first heard that piece I was blown away. At the time I was already working with Troutman on another record, but we had put that one on hold to record “That’s Love” and I’m glad that we re arranged our plans. Visual wise I linked up with BangoutFilms in Cincinnati, OH. Had an idea to make a story instead of a traditional music video and it came together really well. So Shout Out HD2, Terry “Zapp” Troutman, and BangoutFilms For Making This Happen.
11. What can we expect from “Eman Jones” this year? Or in other words, coming up soon?
New Singles, New Videos, New Vlogs, etc. Alot is going to happen so just keep your eyes open.
12. Where can your fans & supporters find you online? Via Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
Twitter: @emanjones2010 Instagram: @emanjones_hl Facebook: Eman Jones.. My website will be up 2015, so when that is available to view everybody can go to one place.
13. Any Last Remarks?
Just Be On The Lookout For My team as well “Higher Learning” we have Kiama whose single “Smile” Is doing so well, I really believe she is the next to blow for our city and youth. Also Phree Single “Wordplay” has just released and Awful Truth Single “Live From Dakona” Is Up Next So Just be on the lookout. Shout out to Martin-Media Company, DC, Youngin, Ar Hitman, HD2, Wall st KB, Ant Jones the whole jones x society, Boat, Emily, Kreative Designs, etc. And I want to thank Vintage Media for making this interview possible.