This spring you we’re SLEEP and I know you were if you’re reading this because I played a small part in it. Hollywood JB of Atlanta’s creative collective Spillage Village, released EP Triumph via Audiomack (and for free smh). Unintentionally I’ve kept it to myself and for that, I’m sorry.
The 25 year old released the 14 track project on 4/24/2014, featuring EarthGang, JID, Lena Chanel, JordxnBryant, Shine and Katherine Binns. As a member of one of Atlanta’s more imaginative and revolutionarily directive music collectives, Spillage Village, there’s no surprise that Triumph is structurally solid, comfortably transporting and unmistakably hip hop minus the compromises.
Lyrically Triumph depicts the uniqueness of inner city existence, persistence, hope, regret and failure, each the forefront of an interesting tapestry of lessons earned. Ever heard a mixtape or album from a relatively newer artist and felt like you we’re new and not the artist? Experiencing Triumph and JB is emphatically that. While listening, I laughed, I understood and at times I felt cathartic but overall I felt reminded of the importance of my own continuity despite life’s circumstances and I want you to experience that as well.
I had the opportunity to interview Hollywood JB recently. Stream Triumph while you get familiar with this rising artist.
Windom: In 10 words or less describe your last project?
JB: I will waste the other nine words because it’s AMAZING.
Windom: How did you decide on the title Triumph for the release?
JB: At the time I started working on the project I was going through a tough time and I thought about quitting music so it was like the comeback soundtrack. So anybody going through something can put on Triumph and believe they can overcome anything no matter what. From the first song to the last it’s like a progression of getting through obstacles.
Windom: Because you’re from Baltimore (I have to ask), why the name Hollywood JB?
JB: Haha good question. It’s actually kind of a sarcastic thing because people would tell me I need a “catchy” name for when I’m famous so what’s more “famous” than Hollywood? But then it grew meaning because it was an ironic type of thing. I have (and had) never been one to want to have fame, so my stage name is literally just my stage name. I’m not here to be a celebrity. Also, when I do get “famous” nobody can ever tell me I went Hollywood because I’ve BEEN Hollywood (laughs).
Windom: (laughs) Awesome. How did your studies at Hampton University influence your creative process?
JB: I would say it woke me up to a lot of things. My major was business management but what got me confused was the fact we never were taught how to own a business or run one it was always a focus on how to be a good employee. While that is respectable in some ways, we all have a purpose greater than furthering a company’s dream from 9-5.
Windom: Where are you residing/creating now?
JB: Still in Baltimore but looking to move to ATL to be closer to the Spill Vill family.
Windom: What would you say is the purpose of your music?
JB: My music is for that ride to that job you hate but you know one day you are going to be able to quit because what you love to do and what you believe you were sent here to do will make you a living. It’s for anybody who knows they want to be themselves, no matter what the cost, for anybody on the path to gain true happiness and freedom from what people “think” you’re supposed to do in life.
Windom: What do you call what it is you’re doing musically?
JB: I’d like to believe that it’s a sort of ministry. Just sharing experiences, thoughts, and ideas and I how I overcame certain obstacles so hopefully other people can gather something to apply in their life to make it easier to cope with what they are experiencing.
Windom: When did you become affiliated with Spill?
JB: I became affiliated with Spillage Village a few years ago when Eian (Doctor Dot of EarthGang) pitched the idea to me at a block party while we were still in college. I thought it was ill, and I’ve been spilling ever since.
Windom: In one sentence, who is Hollywood JB?
JB: A man on a mission to change the world.
Windom: Triumph oddly begins with “iCry.” What made you choose “iCry” to be the first on the album?
JB: Another great question. “iCry” is kind of like the very beginning of a season premiere. It catches you up and fills you in real quick to get ready for this new season. It’s a summing up of my failures and a vow that I will keep going, no matter what. It starts with a “mistake” where the drums come in and then go away seemingly haphazardly and it builds as I sort of build my confidence to keep pushing through the difficulty shared.
Windom: All songs considered, which one is your personal favorite on Triumph?
JB: That’s a tough one because they all mean something to me. But I would have to say “Game 7” it was kind of a rebirth for me and it’s also a reminder to myself that everyday is game 7, you never know if it’s your last chance to give everything you have.
Windom: Who’s responsible for the production of Triumph?
JB: Myself, Shine, Iman Omari, Knowledge, ESTA, Swiff D and Phil Chase; I produced 7 tracks.
Windom: What genre would you say your music falls under?
JB: Mission music.
Windom: What can fans expect from Hollywood JB this year?
JB: They can definitely expect visuals soon. I have 3 shot so far and I’m looking to do maybe 3 more including production on upcoming Spillage Village projects, and a beat tape. Producing helps me find the direction for my projects. I just want to keep improving and telling the truth whenever I get the opportunity.
Windom: In 10 words or less describe what it means to spill.
JB: To say what needs to be said without fear….nigga. (he continues)…because I’m not one to waste words.
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Triumph can be streamed and downloaded here! Enjoy.