“I am a product of my environment growing up poor in rural upstate NY. On my first single, I wanted people to feel my struggles and past traumas translated into my motivation for more. I touch on my friend passing, my best friend getting locked up, and my other best friend getting shot 7 times, as well as my ability to persevere despite it all. On the technical side, the song shows my lyrical abilities. I’m really spitting on a boom bap instrumental produced by one of the pioneers of the sound – that alone felt crazy.”
While in college, Jake studied finance, ran his own small equity fund and met his current manager. Together, they constructed a plan to build Jake’s fanbase and began touring small shows in various markets, opening for notable established acts, including G-Unit, Dave East and Moneybagg Yo. Eventually organically selling out NYC’s legendary venue, SOB’s on his own. Jake’s talent has garnered the attention and respect of acclaimed producer Statik Selektah and even the iconic Notorious B.I.G.’s producer, Buckwild.
From public housing to portfolios, Jake has an unthinkable story to tell, which he hopes inspires others to take the reins and make a way for themselves in their own lives.