Medina - ON DECK
Jesse Medina was born
in San Jose, California and is your modern day renaissance man . His sporadic
upbringing saw him move from place to place, raised by various family members,
taking on board what both the surroundings and environments had on offer.
From his hanging out with skaters, stoners, hippies, and punk rockers Jesse
collated an abundance of experiences, which would double up as the ultimate
thought board for an aspiring MC.
Acknowledging the vast
array of lifestyles he has been a part of during his lifetime, Jesse gives
these credit for his wider perspective on life and his ability to break the
norm when it comes to his mic skills. With an upbringing such as this nothing
is generic about Jesse Medina. His adoration of acts spanning multiple genres
and eras has given him a solid introduction to what artistry entails.
Boasting a multidirectional
approach to music , Jesse shies away from predictability. Able to plan and
conceptualize as well as work spontaneously he is about going against the
grain. The ability to imagine beyond the generic expectations of a Hip-Hop
track is what puts Jesse Medina in a higher realm. With sounds from a myriad
of musicians and entertainers including Jim Morrison, De La Soul, Nirvana,
Dr. Dre and Metallica coursing through his veins, the music Jesse has added
his own personal stamp to is uniquely diverse, in a rather understated way.
The residual mark on Northern
California, left by the sixties movement, is acknowledged and embraced by
Jesse. The diverse subculture which the Bay Area is synonymous
for has given him a creative backbone which translates beyond the confines
of music. A recognition of visual art is duly noted which undeniably influences
his own personal style and attire as well as the imagery attached to his cache
His debut single, Riddims
from the impending album, Meet Jesse Medina, saw a collaboration with Black
Hippy and TDE member, Ab-Soul. The album, which is due for release in early
December through One Wise Studios, features production from Jake One, Nottz
and fellow Bay Area brethren, Dan the Automator.
For this album I
got to work with people I really respect, Jesse explains. This
project is about real down to earth, quality Hip-Hop and as cliched as it
may sound, I think there is something on their to suit all tastes and there
is plenty more where that came from.
A composite of the colorful
surroundings he rose up through fused with his innate understanding of creating
timeless music, Jesse Medina is truly rocking the necessary armor to be one
to watch in 2013.
When did you first become
interested in music?
I first became Interested In music In general at about
5 or 6 years old. My moms used to wake us up with music playing while
she cleaned the house. Mostly 70s and 80s shit though. I guess you can
say it was subconsciously imbedded in my brain lol!
Who has influenced your sound and style?
My influences range a from a myriad of different types
of music, Classic rock, Hip Hop, Rap, punk, metal, Blues etc. I get bored
easy so I'm constantly searching for inspiration anywhere I can find it,
probably where most M.C.s wouldn't. As far as Hip-hop goes--- early Nas,
Pharoe Monche, Mobb Deep, Freestyle Fellowship, early Souls of Mischief,
Company flow, Dre Dre, Brotha Lynch, Volume10, just to name a few.
Who do you listen to?today? Shiiit, all kinda shit.
Like I said I listen to all types of shit so It can range from The Deftones
to Ab-Soul, on down to The doors, Nas, Organized confusion, The Pharcyde,
Primus, The Growlers, Refused, Oukast, New Edition, Old school Metallica,
Freestyle fellowship, Trashtalk, Ty Segall, Brotha Lynch Hung, The Animals,
Eminem, Radiohead, J-electronica, The Black keys, 13thfloorelavators,
Sublime, Das Racist, Leaders Of The New School, Curtis Mayfield, Radiohead,
UGK, Bad Brains, Obi Trice, Old school Souls of mischief, Pink Floyd,
The Kinks, A Tribe Called Quest, King Khan, Show biz & AG, The Strokes,
Antwon, El-P, Jimmy Hendrix, Cream, Pac Div, Dr. Dre, Cage, The Standells,
The Clipse, Volume 10, man I can go on for ever with this shit.
So you got this new album "Meet Jesse Medina" on One Wise
Studios. What all went into this album? Who's all getting down on it?
A lot went down on this album a lot of unexpected
collabos with producers as well as MCs thanks to God. I was fortunate
to have the opportunity to work with the amazing Ab Soul for one, Nottz,
Jake One, Dan the Automator, Scoe of DPG, and some up and coming artist
like Antwon, Anya Kavitka, & some up and coming producers like Arkitect,
Barrybones, Stylemessia & DJ DStyles of the world famouse Scratch
How did you hook up with producer Nottz?
It's actually a trip how I linked up with Nottz. I first
met Nottz at a Snoop Dogg listening party at Interscope back In 09 that
I actually snuck into with some friends. I spotted dude just chopping
It up with random cats and I walked over to him and gave him a burnt cd
of some music I had at the time, & In exchange he gave me his card
that said Nottz In bold black letters that covered the whole card which
I still have. Years later on some whole separate shit I was doing some
ghost writing out In LA and through one of my partners at Interscope ended
up actually connecting with him and getting beats. I never anticipated
getting a verse from him. It's a trip how life is.
How did you hook up with Black Hippy and Ab-Soul for your joint"Riddims"?
I'm a big fan of Ab-Soul and share some of the same Ideals
on emceeing as Ab, being I'm an underdog on some wordsmith shit. I linked
up with him through a friend of mine and my consultant Brandon Lamela
over at Aftermath but, actually I believe I linked up with dude through
the laws of attraction, you know what they say, "like attracts like".
How did you link up with One Wise Studios? What is One Wise Studios
I linked up with One Wise about a year ago. The owner of
the label has actually been a close friend of mine since I was younger.
On top of that he's an awesome businessman and is all about putting out
quality shit. So it was a go from the gate.
Are you happy with the current state of Hip-Hop? I'd have to say I
am happy with the current state of Hip-hop. I mean
there's so much to choose from plus, real Hip-hop Is back again. I'm honestly
at a point in my life where I just want enjoy music without bios like
when I was a kid, but that's just me.
What would you like to see happen for hip-hop in 2013?
I would like to see more creative shit in 2013. I want
to see cats push the envelope some more. I'm not really Interested In
the same old "my chain bling" & "my whips the shit"
"I got the baddest bitch" raps. Even though I might be rocking
a chain wit a bad bitch smashing in one.
Who would you like to work with that you haven't yet?
I'd have to say I would want to work wit Pharrell or Dr.
Besides music, is there anything else that you'd like to get involved
What's next for you
Following this album up with a tour and completing my next