Article by Christopher Cabrera.
To be a successful musical artist in the rap industry, you have to start at a young age. That’s why Islands High School has a small handful of young artists aspiring to be rappers. These few students work together to catch the public’s eye for their shot to get to the microphone. James “Jay Jay the Truth” Downs, is one of these students. He raps and sings about life and the struggles it has, as well as two of his three brothers, Sean “J Drizzle” Downs and William “Lil Will” Ford. James, however, claims his independence and states that he does not rap “with” his brothers.
I have had conversations with him pertaining to his goals as far as a rap career for him would go. I asked him, “If you got fame and wealth, what would you do with it?” His response was, “Well, I’ve grown up in poverty for the majority of my life, so I would spend the money on bettering the lives of the family that raised me.” James battles to convert audiences that will listen to his thirst for rap that is so intense, that no amount of lyricism could quench it. I know that given the opportunity, James would never disappoint his fans.
His brothers, William “Lil Will” Ford and Sean “J Drizzle” Downs, also claim independence as rappers, while rappers like Keeshan Williams posse up with those around them. Keeshan raps with his little brother Devan, and his brother’s friends. He has a couple of videos on YouTube under the channels “JustynByrd” and “Madagascar1nk”. He also has a mixtape dropping soon entitled “I Care”. You can find the info on his Twitter: @IM_KBDuce. He is strong at freestyle and likes rapping about living life to the fullest.
As a fellow rapper, I understand all off the struggles that these students go through, so I work with them to pull ourselves together as a “Family”. I know we can make it because I know there is power in numbers. James, Sean, and William Will all feature in videos on my YouTube channel and on my Twitter @Manuel_4362. I have a mixtape dropping in July; you can like the page on: Facebook “Manuel” for all of the information.