Jacques Watkins, also known as Jay Watts, is a business major attending Kean University with a lot more than just Business and advertising in mind. This young artist was previously signed to “Lock and Load” records back in 2006 before their unfortunate collapse in 2007. This was the the same label as one of hip-hop’s most well-established rappers, Asher Roth, whom is now currently signed to the notorious label of Universal records. Furthermore, Watkins and Asher Roth had also collaborated on a remix to “Holla At Me Baby” by Paul Wall, which was featured on a compilation mixtape called “Believe the Hype II” that launched soon after their collaboration. In the course of his beginning steps toward achieving his dreams and goals, Watkins was still just a “yougin”. He was just 13 when he was presented with such a great opportunity that could evidently change his life.
Jay Watts found his passion for rapping and brought his talents to life all at the age of 10,with help from his cousin who saw potential in him from the very start and might as well be held responsible for enabling this lyrical emcee. According to Watkins, his cousin was the person who taught him the basics and the art behind rapping over a beat. Once he learned how to count bars and stay in tune with the rhythm of music, he took his talent into his own hands.
A few years later, when Watkins was 13, he was presented with an offer to join the “Lock and Load” label by Matt McGirt in 2007 at a studio in Philly during the months prior to the label’s closing and before all of his musical aspirations suddenly took a backseat. Was his dream coming to an abrupt halt? No way. Not if Jay Watts could help it.
With sounds similar to popular hip-hop artists like Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Drake, Jay Watts claims that he is more interested in making “club bangers” and various upbeat songs along with the help of his producer, Miles Williams. On the contrary to most hip-hop artists today, Mr. Watkins is looking to break into the mainstream world of Hip-Hop, despite producing two mixtapes which include “Talk of the East” produced in 2009, and his most recent mixtape “King” which was produced in late June of 2012, which isavailable to download Here from DatPiff.com.
As of lately, Jay Watts has his hands full in attempt to complete his highly anticipated upcoming mixtape called “Dopest Alive” which features collaborations with hip-hop superstars including Vaio and Cassidy. Watkins has also worked with many other well-known artists like Diggy Simmons, Maino, Juelz Santana and Cory Guns.
Although Jay Watts still remains as an unsigned “free agent”, he is featured on the internet’s most popular joint venture music video website, VEVO which is operated by Sony Music Entertainment. Jay Watts is also featured with an artist profile page and 2 videos including a remix to Drake’s “Underground Kings” which was featured on his latest album “Take Care”, along with an additional Jay Watts original called “Millionaire’s Club”.
Although his first attempt to break into the industry wasn’t widely noticed, Jay Watts is definitely leaving his footprint. With inspirations like Jay-Z, Biggy, Rakim, and Tupac, Jay hopes to succeed with his big break by connecting with his fans and listeners by using unique production delivery and original sounds opposed to typical Hip Hop songs today. If you want to more of Jay Watts or to keep up with his road to riches, you can find him on VEVO, Dopestalive.com, and he is also featured on the MTV website, MTV.com/artists/Jay-Watts so be sure to check him out!