Whereas most artists find comfort in replicating similar styles, Jysa BP is not afraid to start his own movement – a movement that is based on lyrical realism, uplifting undertones and an overall absence of profanity.
Hailing from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, young and relentlessly driven father of two, Jysa BP is an extraordinary talent who is best known for his melodic harmonies and hard hitting Hip-Hop bars.
Coupling winning Minnesota’s own 2016 “Battle of the MC’s” and over 1.5 million viral impressions and streams, Jysa BP is quickly proving as to why he is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Jysa BP in the midst of his recent hectic schedule to hear all about his life and his new album
BY THE TEN TEAM
Explain your name and how it came to fruition.
The name “Jysa” came about by me playing around with the letters of my name. I purposely chose the “y” for 2 reasons: It’s the second letter in my last name, (which is a Laotian last name) and It makes me feel like I’m staying true to my heritage. Also, the “BP” is where I’m from in Minnesota- Brooklyn Park. For me, it’s all about staying true and real!
How would you describe your style of music?
My style of music is a mixture of melody, and an “in your face” rap flow! As far as my content goes, like me, it’s RAW, REAL, and every ounce of my soul: The good, the bad, and everything in between!
Who is the featured artist in your DREAM collaboration?
Without a doubt, my dream collab would be with J Cole.
When did you know that you wanted to become a musician?
Since I was 13… In the beginning I used to write rhymes and poetry to vent and get stuff off my chest, but as I got older and more positive feedback from my friends came in, I decided to professionally pursue music after high school.
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
“I said it won’t be long (no)
‘fore we out here baby,
Gotta’ get you up out here baby.” – J Cole “It Won’t Be Long”
This song’s got me through some rough times. It’s my go-to song whenever I need some inspiration.
“As far as my content goes, like me, it’s RAW, REAL, and every ounce of my soul: The good, the bad, and everything in between!”
How would you describe your perfect day?
My idea of the “perfect day” would be: Be in the studio all day, getting 10 songs done, and then going home to my family.
Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
It doesn’t matter whether it’s in front of 5 people or 100; I get nervous before any performance! Once I grip the mic and start rapping though, all the nerves are gone.
How do you balance your music life with other obligations? (Wife, children, job)
TIME MANAGEMENT. Even with greatest time management skills, chasing a dream this big while also being a father, husband and friend, takes a lot of sacrificing of one’s self. In the end, you have to have faith in the process and know that the sacrifices you’re making today are going to pay off tomorrow.
What advice would you give someone just starting off his or her musical career?
Fall in love with the process and the results will come.