Bio: Jarrett Lee Johnson (born February 27, 1994), known artistically as The Jaguar, is an African-American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born in Albemarle, North Carolina, and raised in small town Norwood, North Carolina, The Jaguar is an “up-and-coming” artist who currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Top 5 Influences: Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Drake The rise of the Young Money Cash Money Records empire occurred during my high school years, so I enjoyed listening to Lil Wayne and his zany lyrics and delivery of them, Drake and his talents, and specifically fascinated with Nicki Minaj because she was sexy, she had crazy lyrics as well, and I liked her sound. A lot of people may laugh or roll their eyes at my musical influences, but they are the ones I grew up on, and I’ve been a faithful fan since. Hip-Hop wasn’t even allowed in my house being that I come from a traditional Southern Baptist household, so I listen to their music out of rebellion, and too, I was in high school, I was at the age of trying to find music that defined who I was (or should say, who I thought I was).This may come as a shock to some, but I wasn’t a huge Hip-Hop head growing up. I’m currently learning the pioneers such as Public Enemy, Eminem, Tupac, B.I.G., and Nas, and their influences. Too, I’m learning and currently being influenced by artists today, such as, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, or Chance The Rapper, for instance. Lastly, I HAVE to give credit to the Phil Jackson of Hip-Hop, Drew Morrisey, and his company, How To Rap. I love his videos. Drew’s advice really helps me perfect my craft, so big shout-out to Drew!!!
New Projects: The Periodic Table II is currently underway. I don’t have a date yet, but I’m challenging myself to release my second mixtape this year. Plus, I have two features in the workings, too. We’ll see…
What helped you get into music? In high school, my friends and I would have freestyle sessions or battle rap each other, and I just loved the energy I felt or the feedback received if I would say a witty punchline. I would perform raps for my family and peers in college, and a lot of them would be impressed. I had to stop letting fear get in the way of my dream, and I believe that if God has given me the talent to write and rap, then I want to use it to inspire others.
One Thing I’ll Tell My Fans: If they knocking your hustle, and they hating your grind, U Sain Bolt on they ass…and leave em behind
My biggest goals for 2017: I’m hungry to release The Periodic Table II this year, one song in particular that I’m really excited about. That’s the biggest goal I have, but also, to keep writing, to keep networking (other artists, a few non-profit organizations, etc.), and ultimately, to inspire small town kids with big dreams that it’s possible to make a change, no matter where you’re from…