Jenocia X Discusses Her New Album And More With RoxxxTV
Written By: Sid Jones
Jenocia X has been one of the most iconic figures in the underground. To me, she stood out from many other MCs. Now, we get to hear her story. From being on the road, to her first steps in becoming a Rockstar.
When I met Jenocia at the Alla Xul Elu release party in Dayton, Ohio I was truly blessed. The energy she has on the stage carries on throughout the night. From hanging out and talking with her fans, to having a few drinks and mingling at the merch booths.
This woman has contributed so much to the scene. Working tirelessly on music and tours. Meeting her was a goal of mine. I can honestly say, this was on of the most heartfelt and in depth interviews I have ever had the privilege of conducting. Jenocia has evolved over the years and her upcoming album holds a lot of promise. For the future of Jenocia X and the underground in its entirety.
So, with all that said. Ladies and gentleman, please allow me to present to you the RoxxxTV exclusive. With one of the most talented and incredible women in the industry today. Jenocia X!
S: Throughout your career, you’ve met a lot of people. What’s one of the most inspiring stories you have to share with us?
X: One of my absolute favorite memories I’ve gained from my career was going on the Gore’s Truly tour with Razakel and the Slice Girls, Justinsayne N8V, A-Game the Raptile, Majik Duce, Hard Jawz, Jimmy Tersteeg and Jamie Wells.
We traveled all over the country, and one of the most magical moments for me was when we were standing on top of a mountain at sunset, overlooking the city of Phoenix.
This was one of the locations for our tour music video for the song, “The Morgue.” I remember closing my eyes, feeling the breeze and just looking out as far as I could see. I remember realizing in that moment that my music (along with Raz, of course) brought me to that beautiful place, and to all of the incredible places we saw.
It gave me an incredible sense of self-worth that I really needed, and reignited the vigor to achieve my dreams, no matter how many people told me in the past that it wasn’t realistic, and would never happen. As corny as it might sound, that moment was a true moment of inner peace and tranquility for me.
S: When the Last Beat Stops is, quite possibly my favorite song of yours. It stood out from the work prior. Will we be hearing more music like this?
X: Thank you! I actually made that song as a contest entry, so the beat style won’t be the same, as I won’t be working with that producer again, but you can expect more of this style of rapping and lyricism.
S: When we talked, you mentioned a new album you’re getting ready to release. What can we expect from it?
X: More than anything, development and diversity are my main drives of this project. I aim to showcase my growth by offering a wide array of lyricism and aggressiveness in my own unique style. There’s even some singing!
S: How many songs are we going to get off of this album? Which one is your favorite?
X: There are 10 songs planned for this project, with my favorites being, “Step Ya Game Up” featuring Sleep Lyrical and “Hardest Pill to Swallow” featuring Marco Parks.
S: What was the hardest part of making this album? What songs were the most difficult to do?
X: The song, “Hardest Pill to Swallow” and, “Light of Mine” were easily the most emotionally trying songs to create. “Hardest Pill to Swallow” addresses my struggles with bipolar disorder and clinical depression.
Self-actualization alone is difficult for everyone, but it’s nerve-wracking to know that people are going to hear about my deepest mental tribulations, though I know it will bring me a sense of healing that I maybe spoke about something that others can relate to. “Light of Mine” is easily the most difficult by a landslide.
It’s about watching my grandma’s mind slip further and further away from me as her dementia intensifies; essentially watching someone who raised me become another person entirely.
My grandma has always been a huge part of my life, and losing her mentally before actually losing her physically has been extremely hard for me. My goal is to not only use my release of these words as therapy, but also to reach out to those who may be experiencing something similar and offer some possible comfort.
S: If you could collab with any artist, who would it be with? Who would you have produce the song?
X: Regardless of if we’re talking about mainstream or underground artists, my choices are Royce, Em, Tonedeff, King Gordy, Dieabolik the Monster and Bootleg of the Dayton Family. As far as production, I’ve always loved Saint Sinna’s production work (shameless plug), but I’d love to work with Godsynth. The man does crispy work.
S: You’ve worked with a lot of artists from different labels and affiliation. What’s a story you have from being on the road with them?
X: The last stop of the Gore’s Truly Tour was in Spokane, Washington, and it was my birthday. I don’t remember much (anyone that knows me knows I love a good shot or twenty) but I know that I was there, surrounded by my friends, as they celebrated both our last tour stop and my birthday with me, and that meant a lot to me. You could definitely feel the love and positivity in the air.
S: What’s one of your favorite places to perform at? Do you have a favorite state or venue?
X: My favorites are Carl’s Tavern in New Haven, Indiana and Kamikaze’s in Ogden, Utah. I also really loved Gallup, New Mexico (Juggernaut Music) and performing at Justinsayne’s home stop in Cave Junction, OR. Also gotta show mad love to the Trabue Tavern in Columbus, OH.
S: A lot of people find the road and the tour lifestyle glamorous. What’s one of the worst experiences you had on tour?
X: I’ve always thought it was funny that people actually believe that underground artists are out here with a giant, gold-encrusted tour bus or some crazy shit. People don’t realize how difficult it actually is, and you’re either made for it or you’re not.
I got extremely lucky with the Gore’s Truly tour because I literally had no bad experiences and was treated extremely well. The only thing I could even think of was just my lower back hurting from sitting in the same position in the tour van, but that can’t be avoided.
I’ve got the back of an 80 year old woman, so there’s not much to be done about that one.
S: You have a lot to offer as an iconic MC. What’s your advice for artists who are trying to make it in this scene?
X: If you really want this, be prepared to sacrifice your time, health, money, relationships, friendships, family events, anniversaries, etc. Know that some people you thought were your friends will switch up on you for no reason, and learn to accept that.
Be prepared to drive hours for a show to sometimes only perform for a couple people, but don’t let yourself feel defeated, and appreciate every damn one of those listeners. If this is truly what you have passion for and you’re dope, it WILL get better, crowds WILL grow, opportunities WILL come and you WILL be heard.
Be patient with yourself. Show respect to those who paved the way for you, and be kind to everyone you’re fortunate enough to meet because of your craft. Have a trustworthy, uplifting team around you, and show them love as much as you possibly can. Avoid those who flourish in drama and negativity and continue bettering yourself everyday. Remember, the energy you give out, not only in this scene but in every aspect of life, is the same that you’ll receive.
S: I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to music, in general. What are some of yours?
X: Releasing sloppy, half-baked projects. Artists not taking the time or investment to make their projects sound and look professional. Predictable rhyme schemes. Artists who try to rap in double time just to be impressive, but you can’t understand them and their lyrics sound muddy. Spamming music, especially without even asking the person if they’re interested in hearing it, probably annoys me more than anything. I’m very unlikely to check out the artist’s material if they promote this way.
S: Before we part ways, there’s one more question I gotta ask. What made you decide to become a solo artist?
X: It wasn’t even intentional, to be quite honest. I was living in southern Ohio and my roommate at the time asked me if I’d like to try and write a verse for her song. Writing has always been a love of mine, and I’d been writing poetry since about age 9. I wrote the verse and I went to record it.
As soon as I recorded it, I felt like, for the first time in my life, I knew what I was put on this earth to do. It ignited a fire in my soul that I was afraid I’d never find. I never looked back and jumped head-first down into the abyss (Dope D.O.D. reference, anyone?).
I then met Lo Key, Mumm Ra, and, a little later on, I was introduced to my fiance Saint Sinna, DurtE and Zero. Durt invited me to perform at the first annual UPStival, (which was actually my very first solo performance) and they welcomed me into their family.
Having the Mission: Infect Generals as my musical guides was initially extremely intimidating, but it literally forced me to hone my craft faster than most, and that first UPStival solidified even further than this is what I’m meant to do. Music has quite literally changed my life and given me every single thing I have and love, and I can’t imagine ever going back to a “normal” life.
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