Last week, we talked about Rockstar Jt and his tendency to always keep it real. In this installment, Jt talks about his music, his sudden jump in popularity, and becoming a Rapzilla Freshman.

The rapper started to create a buzz with his 2016 track “Moving Weight.” Unfortunately, this spark was extinguished with the death of his grandmother.

“I was really discouraged and down in the dumps. She was like my mama,” he shared. “Then I dropped an EP in October 2016 that didn’t do well. I came back in February 2017 but people weren’t really feeling it, so I stepped back to find myself.”

He continued, “I was scared to do that. People want you to ‘Jesus this and Jesus that’. I don’t want to or have to, I want to talk about the struggle. I see the world through a Biblical worldview already. I’m not going to purposely lead people astray.”

His next track was “Whippin’ That Work,” a track that he says was risky because the term means “cooking crack.” The song features Surf Gvng and ultimately became his biggest track.

“I chilled for the summer and came back working on music that would come out on ‘The Streets Signed Me.”

Jt says the song helped him to find the artist he had been trying to be. He was now having fun and dropped “Getcha Weight Up.”

“I’m finally being who God wanted me to be and that is a trapper. They dope dealing but I’m hope dealing.”

He continued, “I’m a trap artist, how can you do trap music if you’ve never been around the trap? If you say ‘Yahhh’ and have 808’s, that doesn’t make you a trap artist. You have to talk about what’s happening there.”

With that being said, Rockstar Jt may make trap, but he finds himself well in a beat’s pocket. He has heavy bars when he needs and can get more laid back when it calls for it.

“I usually can’t get with a lot of the ugly guys [use your imagination to who he’s referencing], but I respect their music. Even though they can’t rap for real for real, I respect it,” he explained. “But for me man, when you hear my music, I’mma rap. I got something to say.”

Jt credits Lecrae with having the courage to really branch out with a diverse message that sometimes touches people the wrong way.

“Lecrae is starting it,” he says. “I haven’t been the type of artist who disassociates from the world. I’d like to see collaborations with more secular artists because I can see the glory of God through that.”

On “Getcha Weight Up,” Jt featured two secular artists, CBM Muley and Cet Dollar, in addition to CHH artist Big Yae.

“A lot of people come up with these rules in Christian rap, where you can’t do this, say this, or say that, but man I want people to have fun,” said Jt. “A lot of people make a false image of what Christianity is and they think it’s all about looking a certain way. I know a lot of these artists where behind the scenes they will appear to be a certain way online but in person, it’s a different thing. There needs to be more authenticity. I don’t care what people think, I want to be the best me I can be. People need to see my flaws, I want you to see my ups, my downs. I say stuff online that I will say in person. Stop with these fake made up rules.”

He continued, “A lot of artists struggle with sin. We need to stop trying to cover stuff up and feel like we need to be perfect in order to be used by God. We are going to fall, the Bible promises we’re going to fall. Just because we have a platform doesn’t mean we need to be, even though old school cats did this, they took breaks from what the Lord called them to do, and you should follow that conviction. Don’t make that a priority that you have to be perfect. We are dealing with a lot of stuff that nobody will ever know because of the way we portray ourselves online. That’s not the real you man. God is real, so be real.”

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Rockstar Jt was happy to see his authenticity and talent get recognized in 2017 when he was named a Rapzilla.com Freshman. Not someone who needs validation from anyone but God and the streets, it was nice to be recognized as part of the future.

“I thought I was going to make the 2017 list, but looking back, I barely did anything. It was definitely a goal. My homie Montell Fish called me and I thought he said I made the list and I started screaming. But then I was like ‘Dag, he’s talking about himself’,” he said with a laugh.

As for the future, Jt has a single called “Subway” dropping on September 28th. The song is intense and a little controversial but for good reason.

“The new song ‘Subway’ reflects on some of my homies who sell drugs,” he said. “I put myself in their mind for a minute. I expressed the arrogance and pride that comes along with selling drugs in the hood. It’ll be controversial because of some words I decided to use but I had to use that language because I can’t fake like they say anything else but those words.”

For now, look for Rockstar Jt to continue to be one of the leaders of the next generation. Admittedly, the path isn’t cookie cutter, but neither is anyone or anything else, so he’ll just ride it out the only way he knows how – authentically.

Check out part one with Rockstar Jt from last week.