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Jay Verze is an aspiring rapper with exceptional talent hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. At age 16, he is not the average youngster looking to be known; instead he is mature young man with a vision, repetitive work ethic, and a plan to exceed in the music industry. He has already begun he is journey with his debut music project titled "21117 (TwoElevenSeventeen). After reading an intriguing bio of Verze, we requested an interview with him which he granted. So here’s an exclusive interview with the future phenom Jay Verze. 

IAMTHEINFLUENC: At what moment did you first fall in love with hip-hop?

Jay Verze: I think it really was when I was younger and I seen Lil Romeo perform at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert. He was a young dude rappin, I felt like I could do the same thing . . . That's also the time when I had just started a band I used to be in with a few friends, I was the rapper of the group.

IAMTHEINFLUENC: When would you say you wrote your first rhyme and what was it about?
Jay Verze: I was young back then man Haha it was a summer day, I was Kickin back in the crib . . . I looked outside my window and just started writing about what the best summer day would be, I basically brung the story to life with my lyrics hahaha, It was probably whack, but it was relevant at the time.

IAMTHEINFLUENC: What are some of the things that influenced you to want to start rapping?
Jay Verze: Just life and music general you know? Like I never really was the most popular dude in school, so people didn't really pay attention to what I had to say... Music was the only way to get my message across. Plus I always just had a love for music, when I was like 10, That's when I made the decision that that's what I wanted to make a career of.                                                                                    
 IAMTHEINFLUENC:What is the biggest obstacle or struggle you've had to endure on your journey to becoming a successful artist?
Jay Verze: I think it was being shy around people and performing in front of people. I used to really get nervous In front of people and I would be really stiff Haha. It's actually a video on YouTube with footage from my first real performance at this party, i was barely moving around haha it was just hard for me, it took a lot of shows to get me comfortable on stage.

IAMTHEINFLUENC: Who are your favorite artist and why? And who are some artist you would love to work with?
JayVerze: Currently I'm deff listening to artist like Kendrick Lamar, wiz, A$ap Rocky All the way to people like Miguel, Justin Bieber and even Diggy... Music is music, I like good music. I'd work with each 1 of them because I honestly feel as though I could "collaborate" with them. When i say collaborate, I mean really sit and come up with a great record together, using both of our talents.

IAMTHEINFLUENC: Who are some of your role models growing up?
Jay Verze:  I grew up listening to the temptations, Michael Jackson, and a lot of older artist. David Ruffin deff was one of my role models, Michael Jackson too... Musical legends that I looked up to. Another role model is definitely my parents, they both taught me a lot and they made me the young man I am before your eyes. They taught me to take nothing for granted and they showed me what the meaning of hardwork really is . . .

 IAMTHEINFLUENC:What is the most memorable or life altering experience in your life, that you will never forget and helped you become the person you are today?
 Jay Verze: When I lost my Grandmother, uncle and cousin within a 2-3 year span, it really shocked me. It’s still hard to believe that they’re gone to this day . . . They were really close to me, so to see them go really just showed me that you only have one life to live, so I just took that and told myself that I needed to do something with my life. Music was all that I had left.

IAMTHEINFLUENC: Where do you see your self in 10 years?
 Jay Verze:  Ahhh 10 years? Hmmm, I still see myself working hard trying to provide for the possible family I may have then haha, you never know . . . But nah 10 years, I really see myself as being established in this music industry, but still trying to find ways to make my brand more widely known than just music. I want my legacy to live forever, I want people to be able to look back at my life and say “that fool Jay Verze really did make a impact in this game” . . . I want to just be comfortable with my career in 10 years, not to the fact where I don’t have to do anything, but I want to be satisfied in knowing that I gave it my all, and the results are what I have been dreaming about since I was a kid.

IAMTHEINFLUENC: What are some things that make you confident enough to say I will be successful in this endeavor as an artist?
Jay Verze: God puts certain people in your life for a reason. Just seeing as how these past 2 years have been for me, it lets me know that I’m doing something right . . . It’s a crazy story how I met some of the people who I do business with now, but I wouldn’t change any of that for anything. We all are in this business together building from the ground up . . . Like I remember performing at open mics in front of literally nobody, to opening up for Cam’Ron in New York in front of hundreds of people . . . it lets me know that I’m on the right path to success.
For more info on Jay Verze visit www.jayverze.com

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