We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaylin Wade and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jaylin, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue an artistic career because I could not really see myself doing anything else. Once I truly found my love for making music, I knew there was nothing I wanted to do more. The feeling of making a great song, enjoying it with your friends, then having to create something even better. It’s impossible to describe effectively the rush I get when I push myself and make better music than I thought I was capable of. I felt as if I continued to make music only as a hobby, I’d be doing myself a huge disservice. The rest was history.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The thing about my music that I am most excited about is how abstract it is. Many of the things I say in my songs can be interpreted differently by the listener and make them see different sides of my mind. Even though as of today I am not exactly where I’d like to be, I still have made notable progress in my career. The hardest part was trying not to be so self conscious about what others may think. Once I showed that I make music for my own therapy, more support came naturally. I want the world to know that as long as you create simply for your love of the art, fans and supporters will come. At the end of the day, everything I do is to push Hip-Hop forward as a genre.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being from Chicago, there are honestly too many places for me to name. As far as food goes there’s pizza places like Pizza Capri, Giordanos, and Italian Fiesta. Burgers from Schoops and Top Notch. Countless good mexican restaurants. Sandwiches from Fontanos. Soul food from MaCarthur’s. Everyone knows I can’t forgot Harold’s. Sometimes nothing beats just adventuring through downtown and checking out all the things you can see and stores you can hit. My favorite place of all might have to be Galloping Ghost arcade up North, it’s almost too easy to spend all day there.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout Creative Mansion, the collective of various talented artists I’m blessed to be a part of. I would not have developed as an artist the way I have had it not been for them pushing me whenever we work together.

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Image Credits
@blaircharleston @luke_is_trill @elserockone

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