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Jayforce of WRFG-FM (89.3)'s "Beatz & Lyrics" show waxes nostalgic about Jax


The biggest thing that drew me to Jax, more than anybody in Atlanta, is his genuineness. In Atlanta, there's a lot of plasticness going on with a lot of people. People I know who came up and forgot where they came from, but Jax was a guy who was not afraid to say, "Hey man, I work at UPS... ."

It's ironic that the music industry is collapsing. It's getting back to people talking about real subject matter and real things that are going on in everyday people's lives.... He could possibly have been a household name from being himself.

Jax wasn't the type of person who was trying to make money off hip-hop, he was more so trying to get his heart out there because he enjoyed doing it. Much like a boxer who is good at boxing, they love the sport and want to keep boxing. But Jax was very good at what he did. He wasn't just like a rapper, he was an MC.

I would say his showmanship, seeing he and Binkis perform onstage, they are as good a show as say Busta Rhymes – the energy, the props. You could take that back to Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel. It's not uncommon to see Jax come out onstage with props and things of that nature. Now, of course, they are not dressed up like Michael Jackson with some tight leather outfits, but they actually had really good routines and not just a bunch of guys walking around on stage.

One of his albums is called Black Capitalism. Jax said himself that at the time he put out that album Black Capitalism, that was one of the brokest times in his life and it made him reflect on how money moves things. But he said he was not going to be consumed by it because he was not going to compromise his passion for a couple of dollars; like, you see a lot of artists get discouraged and the next thing you know, you see them putting out a booty-shake album when in their heart they know that's not them.

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