In this episode of the Jaded 80s Baby podcast, I sit down with J-Swift. This legendary hitmaker is known as the mastermind behind some of hip-hop’s most iconic songs, but these days, he’s trying to draw attention for more than his beat-making prowess. Tune in as we talk about his ongoing fight against the U.S. government, what really happened between him and The Pharcyde, getting “greyballed” in the music industry, and much more!
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00:30 – Introduction/Update on current situation
01:32 – Homelessness in Madrid
02:25 – Getting “greyballed” in the music industry
04:53 – Friction with Tommy Boy records and why did the Wascals only released one album
11:15 – Impact of industry issues on family life and his father’s influence on him musically
15:06 – Meeting legends at the BMI awards
19:01 – Are hip-hop icons appreciated more overseas than in the US?
20:15 – Bucwheed teaching him how to write rhymes
23:20 – Story from a college tour with Pete Rock
26:44 – Drugs in society and the recording booth
29:04 – Legal battle to get back into the United States
49:04 – Importance of family
51:30 – Severity of his financial situation
55:55 – How his family pushes him to continue fighting
56:40 – Message to the listeners