Get Familiar: Jasiri X

Get Familiar: Jasiri XJasiri X is a political rapper. There, we said it.

But, it’s not just as simple as that. This Pittsburgh MC represents ideas that are bigger than just words on a beat. The guy first hit our radar when he dropped a track that asked “what if the Tea Party was black?”, a question that draws not only political speculation but conjures up racial and societal quandaries. And, that’s exactly the type of challenge that he’s built his career on — challenging the status quo and provoking efficacy. We caught up with Jasiri and asked him some basic questions.

Name: Jasiri X

Age: Over 21

Hometown: Originally from Chicago, reside in and rep Pittsburgh

Label / Group Affiliations: Wandering Worx Entertainment

Discography: American History X CD/DVD

How did you get started making music?

A friend of mine who was a DJ at the time asked me to write a rhyme the rest is history.

I know at one point I read you saying something about being called “the new Malcolm X” and sort of scoffing at the idea. Can you tell us about that? Did you pick the moniker Jasari X with any of those kind of comparisons in mind?

I thought it was ridiculous for World Star Hip-Hop to call me “the new Malcolm X”. I mean I know they hype their videos but come on, Malcolm X is a great leader who I would NEVER try and compare myself to. My name is Jasiri X. My mother named me Jasiri and since I’m a member of the Nation of Islam my last name is X. I actually tried to go by a rap name but people in Pittsburgh new me as Jasiri X so that’s what everyone called me lol. It’s not a moniker I picked. Yes, me and Malcolm share the same last name, religion, and ideology, but Malcolm is an icon for his work and sacrifice, and I’m not.

You’ve often got some sort of political message in your music and your work, if you had to pick a single message for people to take away from your music what would it be?

Wake up!

If you could do something over again in your life, what would it be? Why?

I honestly wouldn’t do anything over because everything I’ve done good and bad lead me to where I am now which is a really good place.

Tell us about a great music memory that you have.

I still vividly remember the first time I heard “Shook Ones” by Mobb Deep and thinking it was the hardest song I’d ever heard in my life.

What’s next for Jasiri X?

My album Ascension drops this fall on Wandering Worx and our latest season of “This Week With Jasiri X” is coming soon.

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Follow him on Twitter: @Jasiri_X.

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