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JFliz - Interview - File Under Hip Hop - SG
JFliz hails from Massachusetts just north of Boston. He’s been releasing music since 2012. After taking a hiatus he has been continuously releasing music... JFliz – Interview
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JFliz hails from Massachusetts just north of Boston. He’s been releasing music since 2012. After taking a hiatus he has been continuously releasing music since 2020. Fliz is about to release his new album Devil at The Pulpit produced by Tali Rodgrieuz on May 4, 2021. We caught up with him to find out more.

How did you start out emceeing?

I started writing songs and performing in elementary school. I was rhyming in middle and high school but started getting serious back in 2010 and dropped my debut album, All From Nothing, in 2012. 

Last year you got back into writing and releasing music after taking a hiatus from music. What gave you the urge to get back to writing/producing/recording again?

Yeah so my first son was born in March of 2018 and I really just wanted to focus on being a Dad. Over the course of the 2 years I took off I missed music a ton and finally realized it’s truly a part of me. Without me making music, I’m not the best version of myself and in March of 2020, I decided it was time to get back to it. 

You came back with the release ‘Grown’ which you produced and recorded. Tell us about that album?

I’m incredibly proud of that album and how well it was received. Beats, rhymes, recording, production was all me for the first time. The album as a whole is very cohesive with mature topics, hence the title Grown. BLM, mental health, broken relationships, and family are all big focus points of the album. Anyone who hasn’t heard the album should definitely check it out. 

J Fliz Devil at the Pulpit album cover

On May 4, 2021, you’ll be releasing a new album titled ‘Devil at the Pulpit’. Explain the concept behind the release and the cover artwork.

Well for starters, it has nothing to do with religion. The concept/message within the album is people are often fighting with inner demons. Living with negative thoughts, addiction, depression, self-loathing, and looking for change/salvation. The Devil on the cover is the inner demon within me looking for salvation.

For those who have heard Grown and/or the song Depression I personally have struggled with my own demons in the past. I’d like to give a shout-out to The Noisy Brain who are doing a lot to help people battling mental health issues. Check them out! 

This album is the next chapter and where I fight back and find my salvation. I was fortunate enough to link up with Tali Rodriguez who put together an incredible array of beats for the album. Big thank you to my dude, Chris Favazza, who did the artwork for this album as well as Grown

You’ve already released a few tracks from the album, tell us about the recent single called ‘Grind’ featuring Mayhem of EMS, produced by Tali Rodriguez. 

This is a dope joint and was pumped to have the EMS homies Mayhem and DJ Decepta contribute. The joint is exactly what the name implies and how we Grind with this music thing. Keeping focused, ducking bad vibes, and continuing to do our thing. Beats bonkers, verses are on point, Decepta slays the cuts…it’s just a dope hard-hitting classic hip hop song. 

JFliz Grind Cover featuring Mayhem and DJ Decepta audio

Who else features and produces on ‘Devil at the Pulpit’?

Production is entirely Tali Rodriguez of Unstable Components & Knuckle Dragguz. Big shout out to the whole squad. I got mad love for them dudes and they’re one of the dopest crews out right now. Aside from Mayhem, I’ve got Aztech from Hybrid Thoughts on a joint. The only other track is Out The Gates ft Tali Rodriguez, G Fam Black & P-Ro. That joint is wild for sure. 

Where can people go and cop the release when it’s out?

Devil At The Pulpit drops May 4th on all streaming platforms including Bandcamp. So wherever people stream/buys music from, it’ll be there. 

Boston has a quite buzzing scene with a lot of artists doing their thing! What’s the current scene like at the moment?

Honestly, after being away from the scene for so long, I didn’t know what to expect when I came back. I think it’s stronger than ever and I’m glad to be a part of it. Boston will always have its cliques like anywhere else but I’ve seen a lot of support from team to team and cats willing to work with each other which is dope. 

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What’s next for JFliz?

I don’t like to give too much away or get ahead of myself but I’ve got a lot of music coming out this year and already got projects booking into 2022. Local, national to international collaborations and project’s happening. It’s crazy busy to balance it especially while working and raising a family but I wouldn’t have it any other way at this point. 

JFliz thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. Is there anything that you would like to add?

Yo thank you for having me. Just want to say thank you to everyone who’s been supporting and showing me love since I came back. I always have and always will make music for myself but to know others are enjoying it, becoming inspired by it or finding comfort in it, is an incredible feeling. Devil At The Pulpit drops May 4th on all platforms. A lot more music on deck so keep rocking with me! 

Interview by Jai Boo

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