Kamilah Exclusive Interview with Flint Music Artist Jada Ali

June 17, 2023

Senior Writer: Kamilah Foster

Flint Rap Artist/ Label Owner
1. What was it about music that drew you to it?
Absolutely everything. I can truly relate to music I have a special feeling in my soul. It feels so natural to me. The production of music with the beats etc. is what draws my attention.

2. Is there any pressure for you to represent the city of Flint in the industry?
Yes, there is pressure. I don’t recall if there were any other female artist from Flint, so I must step up and represent. I have been doing this for so long that I feel it’s my responsibility to hold down the city.

3. How important is it to have mentorship in the industry?
It’s imperative! I became a sponge, and I learned all the lessons from others’ success and mistakes so I can be further in the industry. I continue to be a student for life.

4. What was it about your musical influences that shaped your style?
Delivery and creativity are what I took the time to perfect. My strong point is to continue to be myself.

5. What prompted you to pursue having your own record label?
I was very interested. I feel this is my natural progression and purpose in my life. I followed my intuition and it felt great. Having time under my mentor John Connor’s helped me to see the path of helping other artists in their endeavors.

6. Who would you like to have a record with dead/ alive and why?
I would love to work with Lola Brooks and GloRilla. Something is truly happening in hip hop, and I want to be a part of the transition with women in the industry. I believe the collaboration would be dope.

7. Speak on Long Time No Speak Documentary?
During the pandemic I had a lot of time to focus, and I thought it would be cool to show people behind the scenes of working on an album and creating visual content.

8. Was hard to love, a reflection album or a statement album?
It was both.

9. How important is it to stay true to your identity, especially being a female in a prominent male industry?
It is very important. We must embrace our differences like taking our next breath. If we stay true to ourselves on purpose, we can be effective in the change that the industry needs.

10.What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
Be yourself! Embrace being different, be more confident in your gifts, talents, and skills.