Where are you from?
Niagara Falls, New York
What is your Actual Name?
How Old Are You?
How long have you been in or around Music?
Been into music at a young age around 8 or 9 starting writing raps around 23
What makes you different from other artists?
I’m different from most artists on a authentic background view. I talk only about what I know not what I heard or saw in the movies. I speak from true experiences and events myself and the ones around me go and went thru. I feel like that’s a big separation from hip hop entertainment and real rap
What is your Stage Name?
Jamal Gasol aka Mr 31
Who or what influences your music?
I look up to a lot of artists like 50 cent, French Montana, DBlock, 2pac, BIG, JayZ and Eminem. Seeing cats go from the block to the big screen who really went thru some shit in life to get where they are today as some of the biggest artists of all time. For me to go thru hard times and struggle like these people gave me hunger to wanna succeed.
Where do you see yourself with your music going?
I see myself excelling in music as a standout artist. I’m aiming for longevity not no fly by night shit. I want to build a reputation as that man who represented the culture to the fullest every time I’m on that mic
What is your Dream Collab?
My #1 dream collaboration would definitely have to be a track wit Max B! Free Biggavel. I wrote him a letter out in Bergen county but they sent it back I guess he was moved by the time it for there. But a few other artists I would definitely want on my artist bucket list would be Styles P, Method Man, Ludacris, Westside Gunn and Spesh
Any new music on the way?
Tons of music! I been working with Benny, Lil Eto, Nino Brown, Che Noir. Linked up with VDon, amoflague Monk, EyeDee, DrayYard, QuisStar, Intifada Beats, Kil, and of course my bro MarcDub
Best Song you have made so far?
That’s a tough question…..I would have to say I have 2
lol I really fuck wit my GoodSense freestyle. I felt like that song went from just words to real life. That w
hole song was how I was feeling at the time yet alone living and experiencing every line. I caught my case about a week later after I released that song. It was like I put my gut intuition on the beat. I love Survival too s/o flukang and my boy Butta. I had the song in the stash for 2 years constantly editing and rewriting that track I knew it had to be special and couldn’t release it no other way
Do you have a crew?
I currently have no crew. Piff Music Empire was a crew I started up myself back in the day wit some boys from my way. Let’s jus say that was a trial and error situation. I still fuck wit some of them boys tho. I feel like people don’t put in the same energy as me so I roll solo cause I can’t rely on nobody more than myself
What was it that made you think “I can do this”?
The feedback from other cities and being different made me feel like this is me. I saw the advantages of social media and thinking outside the box.
Have you done any shows and if you have Where and How many?
I’ve opened up for Hell Rell, Fred The Godson in NYC, Lil Durk when he came to Buffalo, Montana of 300 in the Falls, I was suppose to open up for D Block in Canada but go caught up in customs smh I did a few other shows locally too me go and went thru. I feel like that’s a big separation from hip hop entertainment and real rap
What is your plan for the New Year?
For the new year I plan to release a new project every month. If things go well with my case and I’m home to release the music, I got projects in the cut with Intifada Beats over in Switzerland, “No Joy Without Pain 2” on the way, me and Quis Star got something for ya this year, me Vdon and Lil Eto got an EP coming, and my homie EyeDee out in Cali got a tape in the works. More visuals more features this year will be better this go around.
What drugs do you do if any?
I smoked hella weed. They got me in outpatient due to my kids being home during the raid so I aint smoke in 2 months since I got in this program. I was arrested on 3rd. Degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, 4th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon, 4th degree criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child. The case is still pending and no sentence to anything yet.
How has this changed you?
It made me not take things for granted. I been playing with this gift I have in music a lot trine balance the 2 and the only bad came from that was the charges. But when I bailed out my mind was do what needs to be done. Im all in
Now we wanted to know what is his views on the current “mumble” rap scene and the rap game overall
Smokepurpp or Lil Pump
I don’t really fuck with either one musically but I respect Lil Pump grind
Travis Scott or Quavo?
Quavo…..he’s a hit maker for sure
J-Cole or Kendrick Lamar
That’s hard……Ima have to go with J Cole
Lil Yachty or Lil Uzi Vert
Uzi Catchy. That tape wit Gucci made me fuck wit him. Fuck lil yachty he makes hip hop look bad
Stream Jamal Gasol’s lastest tape Black Friday below.