It really is bigger than Hip-Hop for Jacksonville, Florida’s aspiring emcee, songwriter and recording artist, Jasonplusone, who is out all of the hats that he wears a child of God, father and educator, first.
The Florida Memorial University graduate’s aim is to combine his passion for educating today’s youth with his love for music and Hip-Hop culture, to create a sonic explosion that reaches far beyond the inner-city high school classroom that he teaches in every day. This desire was evident in his release of the Ghost of Trayvon Martin, in memory of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old African-American teen, who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch vigilante in Jasonplusone’s home state of Florida. As an African-American man, with a young son, the emcee was especially affected by the murder and has been vocal in his call for justice.
Jasonplusone’s ultimate goal is to use music and education to build a network of academies that would allow minority and inner-city youths to discover and hone their artistic skills, utilizing primary academics, while correlating it to Hip-Hop culture. He also envisions entering the political realm to advocate on behalf of said youths to effect change for generations to come. Jasonplusone’s passion and dedication to educating future generations stems from his upbringing in Jacksonville, Florida, having been educated at an HBCU, where he received a Bachelor’s in Education and the social ills and inequities that he has been exposed to growing up and as a math teacher at a inner city high school. Fittingly, the words he lives by is, “Do the math, add it up. Everything happens for a reason.” Which is not only pertinent to his profession, but to life.
As an emcee, Jasonplusone mixes raw, witty and thought provoking rhymes over beats from some of Southeast Florida’s dopest producers and beat makers. He is inspired by a wide range of Hip-Hop emcee’s and artists and counts Stalley, Big KRIT, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Paten Locke and Stillwater as some of his favorite artists. He is also a proud member of The Black Chain Gang (BCG) collective of artists which includes, Alias, Jay Kai and Mr. Al Pete, just to name a few. He recently released the critically acclaimed single “Dazed & Perks” with producer, Absalom from his debut project Intellectual Bliss Mixtape (November 2012). He is currently working on his sophomore project First Coast Flights as well as BCG collaborative efforts, The Same Old Different Mixtape and Born Better. Jasonplusone has graced the stages of some of Jacksonville’s premier venues like Poppy Love Smoke and Lomax Lodge and made his first appearance at the Savannah Urban Arts Festival in Savannah, Georgia in April of 2012.