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Introducing Jahn Rome ~ Rapper & Songwriter
Jahn (pronounced John) Rome is the hip-hop artist with a distinct style of rapping and whose music lyrically deals with relationships, love, love lost, and the social ills we face in society today. He is particularly interested in making music that connects with his fans on an emotional level that empowers them.
Since graduating from Drexel University in May of 2016, Jahn has been on a mission to write great songs and build his fan base with that mission of empowering his fans musically.
Jahn also has been doing live performances such as opening act for EDM DJ and producer, Steve Aoki. He enjoys the connection he is able to make with fans and with those who have never seen him before.
It is refreshing to see an artist who wants people to come away with a positive message, even if the subject matter is negative, rather than many of the negative messages and images in popular music today.
A recent survey of people who were asked if they thought Hip-Hop music is a negative influence on our society believe that it is. 63 % of those surveyed believe that rappers and their music, in particular, are on a negative trip about material possessions and wealth.
Ironically, however, Forbes magazine recently reported that Hip Hop music has now become the most listened to and popular mainstream music in America. And so with that, Jahn Rome feels he can use his music as a bully pulpit to drive home positive messages through painful and negative circumstances.
Jahn says in the following Q&A in this article, "If my music can make someone feel anything, whether fun or serious, I know I'll have been successful. And of course, more than music I do feel an intense drive to have a positive impact on the world."
I had the chance to catch up with Jahn recently to find out more about this rising star in the Rap game and his music.
My struggle with purpose and meaning has always come down to this question: what is the best thing I can do in order to feel at peace when I'm lying on my death bed? The answer is to follow my passion, rebel against the status quo, and encourage others to live their best, kindest, vulnerable, most understanding lives. Even if it can be really difficult for us to do sometimes."— Jahn Rome
Q&A with Jahn Rome
Q) When did you discover you have this gift to write songs and rap?
A) I started writing lyrics when I was 15, but I actually had a really hard time. On top of the usual difficulties that most beginners deal with (coming up with clever lyrics, learning how to project your voice, etc.), I didn't understand how to rap on beat. It's not that I had no rhythm - I had a good sense of it when i danced and nodded my head. But for some reason I just couldn't connect the dots. It was really discouraging, but I worked hard to force myself to understand it. If I have to point out a "gift," I think I realized it when I performed on stage for the first time. Everything changed. It's like I became a different person. It's the best high I've ever felt.
Q) Who are some of your music inspirations while you were growing up, and now?
A) I was super into lyrical, technical underground rap. The Rhymesayers label out of Minneapolis was almost like my one-stop-shop for inspiration. Artists like Atmosphere, Brother Ali and Aesop Rock were big for me. Besides those, I definitely loved bigger artists like Eminem and Biggie. But I weirdly had a hard time getting into a lot of the hip-hop music from before my time. Besides Biggie, Tupac and some Nas, I had a hard time getting into Wu Tang for some reason. Another huge inspiration for my fascination with fast, yet intricate flows comes from Tech N9ne. Besides that, I loved alternative music and singer/songwriters, especially people like Mat Kearney or Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park) that incorporated rap into other genres of music.Now, I'm inspired by so many people with all different kinds of music. Most of all though, I'm super inspired by people like Kendrick, J. Cole, Chance, as well as smaller guys like Milo, Taylor Bennett, Kevin Abstract or Kweku Collins.
Q) If you could collaborate on a rap song with any artist on the scene today, who would that artist be and why?
A) Taylor Bennett, Kweku Collins and gnash are some artists coming up that I REALLY love. I would absolutely love to work with them, or at least just hang with them as artists. They're all finding ways of incorporating meaning, skill and melodies into their music in different ways that feel pretty fresh and unique. I also feel like they are artists that are down with the similar messages that I have.
Q) I heard Arsenio Hall say many years ago when Rap music was still a relatively new genre of music, that rappers will one day have the greatest opportunity to reach young people with social messages. That seems to be part of why you rap. Do you have a social mission with your music?
A) I definitely do, but not in a way that necessarily always transcends the music. The vehicle for the message is just as important as the message itself. I'm not here to tell people what to do or say. I'm here to shed light, encourage skepticism and most of all, learn. I want to learn from and connect with people. If my music can make someone feel anything, whether fun or serious, I know I'll have been successful. And of course, more than music I do feel an intense drive to have a positive impact on the world. My struggle with purpose and meaning has always come down to this question: what is the best thing I can do in order to feel at peace when I'm lying on my death bed? The answer is to follow my passion, rebel against the status quo, and encourage others to live their best, kindest, vulnerable, most understanding lives. Even if it can be really difficult for us to do sometimes.
Q) What would you like for young people to come away with Jahn Rome's music?
A) To reiterate a bit of my last answer: I want people to feel brave enough to be vulnerable, but also brave enough to challenge what they think they know about the world. There are so many things in this world that are out of my comfort zone, including with my music. I hope hearing about that struggle can help anxious young people feel like there are other like them, trying to navigate through an often uncomfortable world.
Q) When Eminem first hit the scene, many people wanted to hate his music because he was a white male in an art form started by blacks. But his talent was undeniable and he obviously went on to great success. Have you experienced any resistance to your music because you are a white male, or do you see people just looking at your talent through colorblind lenses?
A) I can't say that I've encountered resistance per say. The only resistance might be from other white people and/or people online. However, usually this "resistance" comes in the form of surprise that I'm better than they thought or that I didn't look like I rapped. However, I also hesitate to use the term color-blind. It's not that people don't see my color/race/ethnicity, but instead that we are growing into a culture that is accepting of many different backgrounds, recognizing differences while also embracing them. However, that's not to say that I don't recognize some important caveats to being a white person in hip-hop music and culture. I've loved the saying that goes "white people are guests in the house of hip-hop." I am not here to take over any conversations, and I am not even here to be the best, if I'm speaking honestly. I want to use the skills I've learned through hip-hop to make a positive impact on the world. As corny as that might sound, it's true. While I do want to have a successful career (both monetarily and socially), I must always give gratitude and homage to those who started hip-hop, and understand their reasons for doing so. The culture has evolved so, so much, but understanding where it came from is an important step in participating in a culture that was started outside of my demographic.
Q) You have written a lot of songs for summer of 2017. Is there a CD coming soon that your fans can anticipate?
A) No CD yet :) I am working on an EP that will hopefully follow soon after these singles though. Think of this summer as a preview of what's to come.
Q) Do you even need to do a CD today. Seems like most music is being streamed over the internet today?
A) Definitely not. While CD's might still be relevant at a certain level, I see absolutely no need to sell hard copies anymore.
Q) What would you like to see accomplished by the end of 2017 with your music. What are your short term goals with your music?
A) Right now I am focused on building a fanbase of people that feel a connection to my music and mission. An interesting thing about my music is that I know that there is an audience for it - I just have to go out and bring them all together. Then we'll really start to have fun :)
Q) I always end my Q&A's with, if you had a chance to speak to grade school music students who have discovered a gift for music, what advice would you give them about pursuing there dream?
A) Practice, practice, practice. Find passion in the process of working hard on your craft. Nurture your gift and always know that the best chance you have of finding success in your passion is by being your authentic self. Learn to be patient, but never wait around. And this might be the hardest part, but be your best advocate. Be your number one fan until you have millions of them.
Thank you Jahn. You are an awesome artist with a great social agenda and I know we will be hearing more about you in a big way very soon.
A Few of Jahn Rome's Music Videos
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Jahn's Interview on Back 2 Back Free Listening Streaming on Soundcloud
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