Here at 94.7 The Link, we love to showcase amazing talent! We have chosen to bring you, upcoming Chicago artist Jade The Ivy!
Tell me in a few words, who you are. How would you describe yourself in a short story.
I'm Jade the Ivy, and I call Chicago's South Side my home. I'm a versatile rapper who weaves my life's stories into my music. My style is fluid, spanning genres like trap, R&B, and hip-hop. Through my lyrics, I invite you into my world, shedding light on my experiences. When I hit the stage solo or with my band, my performances come alive! Its all ENERGY!! I’m just trying to leave my mark on hip hop, one verse at a time.*
What’s your stage name and how did you come up with it?
When I was a kid I came up with my name. I think it was a poem. Ever since then Its been Jade The Ivy
What got you into music?
I met my mentor in 2010. He was in charge of a studio. I met him as a photographer. I was doing photography at the time. I mentioned that I did poetry and I spit something for him. He told me I should rap. The rest is history.
What was life like growing up?
Life was smooth. I was surrounded by family. Strong black women. Strong black men. My mom was single mother of 5 but we never struggled. At least it never felt like it.
Who is your inspiration? What keeps you going to get up daily and put effort into your music career?
My family and everyone who supports me. I have to give them a return on their investment. My band and producer. I cant let them down. I don’t do this for nothing.
What is your creative process like? What is the meaning behind
your current single?
“MOTIV8” It’s a mantra I wrote for me. When shit gets hard, no matter the challenge never give up. See it through .
What is the name of the current single/ep/album that you are pushing? Do you prefer people to buy it or stream? And why?
I have 3 singles
Motiv8, Fever (Up) & Tribe. From a monetization stand point I would love for you to buy it but we live in a different time. However you hear it is cool. Do you rock with it is the question.
With the industry changing so much, would you stay indie or sign to a label? Why and why not?
I would love to stay indie but if the terms were something I could live with I would sign. I go back and forth with this because we’ve seen black people create culture through music and get screwed and die with nothing. No Rights, nothing! So ownership is super important but if the Right opportunity came along I would sign.
Do you feel like the music industry has went down since the pandemic? Why or why not? Where you affected by the pandemic with music or everyday life?
No. I think the flood gates opened and a lot of artist can create their own opportunities. I wasn’t affected by the pandemic in a negative way. I was able to reset and create.
If you were give a chance to sit down and have a business dinner with a celebrity who would it be and why?
Doja Cat. Came out swinging Lyrically and adjusted her music to the BUSINESS!
Tyler The Creator because he forged his own way and created a lot of opportunities for himself.
J Cole. Played the game then made opportunities for himself.
How do you balance everyday life tied into your music career?
I carve out music time. I sit down with beats and write. I budget and go over the books. ALL of that. I make time for it. Listening to beats on my way to work. Etc.
Tell me about your most memorable moment in your career?
My latest performance at Backlot bash. Yoly from Queer love was there. The crowd was going crazy. That was a pivotal moment.
What style of music do you prefer to make? Would you ever try a different lane?
I’m a rapper, but I love to dabble in other genres. I’ve done pop, funk, R&B and metal outside of hip hop.
Do you have a celebrity crush?
Megan thee stallion and SZA.
Is there anyone who you would collab with right now?
Who is the producer and engineer behind your music?
EVERSENT! That’s my producer.
What are you currently working on and what is next for you?
I’m always writing and creating. I’m working on my next few singles. Set to drop this fall.
When it comes to fashion, whats your dressing style ?
Comfort is first and foremost. You can catch me in something casual or a suit. But eclectic and comfortable.
What is your creative process like and who inspired you to make music?
My creative process varies. I can freestyle my songs or sit down with concepts. If I hear something that moves me then the song writes its self.
If you could open up for one celebrity who would it be and why?
Kendrick, Janelle Monae and Doja cat. I align with them in in different ways
Any funny stories or an embarrassing moments you want to share with our readers?
I don’t get embarrassed easily but I have a lot of hilarious moments.
What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your music career?
I would be a celebrity cannabis chef.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Please give us a very detailed description of the current song we are pushing, what was the creative process like with it, what is the meaning of it, what makes this song a hit etc, Pretty much like a bio on the song.
“MOTIV8” – I wrote this when I was in a space of doubt and I had to remember who tf I was
“ FEVER (UP)” I wrote this as a party song because I never had one. I had fun with this one
“TRIBE” – I wrote this after me, my producer and my band reunited after the pandemic. We were in the basement creating. It was really Me and my tribe in a huddle
Want to learn more about Jade The Ivy, be sure to follow her on social media ad also stream her hit single " Fever ".
Fever(up) Radio Edit Streaming link: https://open.spotify.com/track/7EiHJtYmAEjOzBf2UwG3WT?si=31576341375946cd