LOUDD Magazine invites you all to get in on the ride with “J-Long the Promoter”, “J-Long the “Cool Running DJ”,”J-Long the Hip Hop Artist, “J-Long the Event Entrepreneur, or how about just “J.LONG the Entertainer. He makes himself hard to ignore, by demanding attention at all cost. His extreme image is very entertaining, and he uses a character-type persona to set himself apart, that gained him some visibility by appearing on the “The Bill Cunningham Show on The CW. The 11/17 release of his new mix-tape drop “Its Time To Ride, Vol 1” is powered by the well known mix-tape guru of the south “250 Plus Productions. It’s time to ride, so sit back because J-Long is in full throttle
LOUDD: You do many different things in this realm of entertainment. Clue us in on what inspired you to decide that this is what you are made to do?
J-LONG: I started getting involved in the music world about 13 years ago, and I just fell in love with it. First it was promotions in high school. I used to throw all of the parties, and then through college I continued to do the same thing. Did some artist management, which transition me into hosting, and from there I became an artist.
LOUDD: Let’s talk about the hosting persona of J.LONG the Entertainer. Everyone knows that you are the host with the most hype. Did hosting parties plant the seed for becoming a Hip Hop Artist?
J-LONG: Well, I have always been an entertainer, that’s what I do entertain. I don’t care if it’s one or one million people in the crowd; you are going to get a show at all cost. When I was younger around 14 my home boys and I used to freestyle all the time. Not thinking that we were rappers, but we would ride around for hours just having fun free styling. From there it kept growing and it helped me with my DJing and how to control the mic. Eventually I decided to do music and make records. I had a partner that used to tell me all the time “Stop talking about it and be about it”. I made my first record with Southern Hip Hop Artist “Strizzo” from Tampa, the song was called “Bunny Bounce” he was ready to push it, but I was just caught up in the streets at the time, and didn’t take as serious as I should have. Now, I’m all about it, all the way for sure.
LOUDD: You are, and you show that you are very ambitious. Most likely it’s in your bloodline, your father Rodney J Long also has great zeal. But, you are such a busy person. You have so much going on. How do you balance all of the grind, and just everyday life, so you won’t trip over yourself?
J-LONG: I make my life and my grind one. My life is a grind, and my grind is my life. It’s the question of how bad do you want it? What is your life? Your life is what you make it. I always set my standards high, so I can always have something to do that is great. I believe that the harder the grind the better the return. Some people return goals are different. For example; you can vacation at the Motel 6 or you can vacation at the Four Seasons, both designations are vacations, and you have to grind to get to ether one. My return goal is the Four Seasons, and I make sure that my life reflects that grind. I feel the world is mine, and I need to go and get it. No trips over here #LOUDD.
LOUDD: Ok…and in that order. You always express how much you love you city, S/O to the 352. You talk about putting on for your city, putting your city on the map, and opening doors up for your city. How much of that love that you have for your city is reciprocated back?
J-LONG: Any blessing comes with burdens. I feel the good vibes on some projects, and on others I don’t feel the love. Gainesville suffers from a lack of success in the music industry, so support is almost null and void, or it’s at a minimum, and because Gainesville hasn’t had much success, it’s hard for others to support others and their dreams, when they can’t see theirs is happening.
LOUDD: You’re not the only one who feels that way or who has experienced that feeling. There have been others that have felt great about starting to live out their visions of their dreams and then just shut down after feeling that negativity. Why is it so hard to achieve success in the music industry for Gainesville?
J-LONG: Because nobody really knows if they’re going to make it or how to make it. There’s no example. Nobody knows how to make it in the music industry here, because no one has made it. “#Big Bud” was the closet to success here as a recording artist, and as managers it was “Big-Amp Parker” and C Wakeley DA RecordBreaker, and we have to question if we will ever have that type of unity and support come back alive here again. There is a lack of motivation, drive, and knowledge here also. That’s why there is no unity here; no one knows how to unify the effective way.
There is an experiment that was done with monkeys and a banana tree (no pun intended), this is serious. They put monkeys under the tree, and when one monkey climbed the tree to get the banana, they would drop cold water on the remaining monkeys on the ground, right before the one monkey would get the banana. So every time when one monkey would try to climb a get the banana, the others would pull him down and beat him up, in fear of the water. The scientists stop spraying water, and the monkeys still wouldn’t go up there, not even try. Eventually none of the monkeys would ever climb the tree, no matter what was up there, because of fear. This is how it is here unfortunately. Someone has to get up that tree, and it takes all of us for someone to get up there. So in order for something to happen for us around here, we need unity across the board. There is no reason for us not to have 4 or 5 artists around here making $3000 to $4000 a show.
I just want something good to happen here for us that will give all of us an opportunity to come through the door. We have so many great individuals here still climbing the tree no matter what. I believe that we can open doors for many, even the ones who stop climbing.
J-LONG: (He laughs) I got a call about being on the network. They ask what I did, they were interested, and they wanted me to express how I was manager and not a pimp, because the show was about me being accused of being a pimp. I am not a pimp. I have never been a pimp. I have never paid for any. I am an entertainment manager. The take was about one of my top dancers’ cousin complaining about how she wanted to dance too, but she couldn’t because she was always watching my top dancers’ child. The cousin accused me of being her pimp. Pimping ain’t easy, that’s why I don’t do it…lol
It was very entertaining and funny. Bill Cunningham really enjoyed me, and he told I was one of the best guests he has ever had on the show. The executive producer told me I was the next Jamie Foxx. It opened up some doors for a different area of my entertainment career.
LOUDD: I watched the show and I must say that it was funny as hell. My co-workers heard me laughing in my office. That “Pop it for the Profit” slogan had me going, and the split gesture was hilarious. You were very entertaining. Was that a power move?
J-LONG: Checkmate. I went into that with every intention to boost my stats.
LOUDD: Let’s talk about this new mix-tape that is dropping on 11/17/2015, give Loudd some details.
J-LONG: The name of the mix-tape is “I Mean Business, Its Time to Ride Vol 1”; the hosting muscle power of this masterpiece is 250PlusPro productions. I have five producers on this joint Skelly G Supa-Producer, #J Beats,Supaman Ivery, #Ill Music, and TroyOnDaTrack. I have some great feature work with Mike Swift, Steelo IB,James Leon Lee #ThaMr, #Dru, #Keymo,B.i.g J The Frothy Main, and #Big Bud. The power behind the music,Big-Amp Parker , #Twelve30 Management, Burning 50,TEAM BIGGA RANKIN,Cool RunningdJ’s, #Heavey Boi ENT,Mz On Point Promo. The graphics for the mix-tape is done by the one and only Steve Jean-Jacques aka #Furie, he is the best. The releasing of the mix-tape will be at the return of Made Mondaays 11/17 @ 12am @ The Venue of Gainesville. The whole experience is epic.
LOUDD: Ok..Ok… sounds like you poppin it for the profit…lol. The Return of M.A.D.E. Mondays Wow! All that greatness in one spot, a networking paradise, we need that.
J-LONG: M.A.D.E. Mondays is a platform for building networks. That’s why I sat down with Steve Jean-Jacques aka Furie, and we discussed how beneficial it would be for the collective to have the releasing of my mix-tape at the re-opening of M.A.D.E Mondays. This is the beginning of the new feel that is in the air here in the 352. We have all grown from our experiences and failures. We all should be able to put it all together and get down to business this go round.
J-LONG: A tour in 5 states, FL, MS, GA. AL, and LA. A T.V show is in the works. I am opening doors for my city.
LOUDD: Any words for your city?
J-LONG: Keep God first, and everything else will fall in place. Keep chasing your dreams. Never settle for less than what you want. God Bless.
J-Long the Entertainer
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