What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is, Jeff Staples. Jeff's style can be characterized as gritty and heartfelt. His New Jersey roots paint a picture of struggle and triumph all while giving audiences good music to vibe to! But enough from us check out Jeff's interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up Jeff. Welcome to The Westleaf. Your sound is dope! When did you start making music?
Jeff Staples: I started writing songs when I was about 12 or 13. I grew up around a lot of artists and honestly just picked up on the trade. My Father played the guitar, sang and tapped. I learned the piano and ultimately fell in love with hip hop.
Westleaf Staff: How did your early life shape your interest in music?
Jeff Staples: Music was there for me through everything. Lost a game of basketball? I probably played some Meek Mill to amp me up for my next game. Feeling Lonely? I definitely had Drake playing through my headphones. Without music I don’t know how I would cope with reality to be honest.
Westleaf Staff: Who is your biggest musical influence?
Jeff Staples: J. Cole. That man just doesn't miss.
Westleaf Staff: What has been the defining moment in your music career?
Jeff Staples: I haven’t had one but this fall will definitely be a game changer for me. Definitely going all out in this 4th Quarter musically and as well as brand wise.
Westleaf Staff: What makes you a unique artist?
Jeff Staples: I don’t just mumble on dope beats. I rap about real life problems. Also growing in the hood opened my eyes up to things bigger than me. I make music for people who are trying to have a good time and people who desire change.
Westleaf Staff: What does art mean to you?
Jeff Staples: Art is feelings in a physical space. It’s an expression.
Westleaf Staff: Describe music in three words.
Jeff Staples: Authentic, Passionate, and Meticulous.
More from Jeff
Presaves Jeff's EP: Loading... available April 1, 2022.