You guys without a doubt have been on a rapid rise over the last year, but how did this music journey start?
A1: It all started random tbh, we came from different walks of life, we were all doing our own thing, living normal lives until the opportunity came across where we could make music. As soon as we were given that opportunity we took it and yeah, here we are today.
Jay Leks: My family grew up in church and was always a part of the church choir or band. Even at school my siblings would always be singing the national anthem for assembly and stuff. There’s a lot of really good singers in my family. Unfortunately I missed that gift lol but I definately didn’t shy away from rapping freestyles when I was with the boys as a yungin growing up in Granville. Rapping was always bigger than life to me growing up.
Growing up together, what artists did you guys bump that influenced this pursuit in music?
A1: Well for myself I was listening to Tupac and biggie , American artists were definitely a bigger influence back then, because in a way we could relate to the struggle that they went through and eventually overcame.
Jay Leks: Definately an old school head. Tupac and 50 Cent were my fav and then all the other dons Ice Cube, Biggie n all that.
You’ve described 21 District as a community. How does coming together help you all individually grow?
Jay Leks: We feed off eachother’s energy and I think that’s really important. Groups don’t always work out in the end but once the right formula is found, teamwork is unstoppable. Unity always wins.
A1: Being able to come together definitely gives us motivation and confidence to chase our dreams. In a way it’s an extra battery that we use when we feel like we’re running out, we take it upon ourselves to not only do the music for ourselves but for the area that we proudly represent.
You’ve also talked about how music would make you feel motivated. What do you want to make people feel with your artistry?
A1: I just want them to feel the love we have for music and the confidence we have in using our talents and not wasting it. So many of us are blinded by what other people say and we are too scared to take that leap of faith to try and achieve our goals or live our dreams. I hope someone out there listens to our music and thinks that if we can go and live our dreams, so can they.
Jay Leks: Personally, my music to me is everything. It helps messages get out and helps important stories that need to be told. Also having a core fan base who relate pushes me more. It’s hectic.