Anointed Chemistry: InterviewFeatured Artists of the Month
J-hawk: Hi my name is J-hawk
JMD: My name is JMD and we are Anointed Chemistry
Interviewer: Alright, JMD where does the name Anointed Chemistry come from?
JMD: Well me and J-hawk here had ministered a lot of times at our church and it had came a time that he had a solo project. You know originally I didn’t know I was supposed to be involved but he let me know the night before that something had fell through. And we got together and did it and it ended up being one of the most eventful performances we ever had. And I thought about it later on and I said, Wow we got chemistry” and then I realized that what we did was very anointed. So Anointed Chemistry was birthed through that. And from then on God had confirmed in me that I was meant to do music, and then we came together and Anointed Chemistry was formed.
Interviewer: J-hawk can you tell me about when you were called to the music ministry?
J-hawk: sure I was called to the ministry in 2009 when I first became a member of Salvation and Deliverance. I was in a new members class and they asked me what where my hobbies. Um, I told them I love rapping. And they said, “You can rap?” I said, “Yea”. They said, “if you have those talents, if God gave you that talent, you know, use it for his glory and give back to the people” So I said, “okay” I was nervous at doing it at first cause I didn’t know how. It was a new thing for me. But once I began to do it I began to enjoy it. Because I knew God was with me. I love seeing the people’s faces when they hear it cause it encourages their hearts.
Interviewer: JMD what artist would you say influenced Anointed Chemistry and you personally as an artist?
JMD: Well I know that Lecrae is one person that me and J-hawk were inspired by when we heard his music. You know, for me in particular it was a moment when I was watching a gospel telecast and he was performing with this other artist and they were just saying about how they believe in being hardcore in their rap for Jesus. And it was something that I had never heard before. When I heard the music it really captivated me. From that moment on I really started to, to absorb more and more of the Christian rap culture and even introduced it to J-hawk.
Interviewer: J-hawk what would you say your goal as Anointed Chemistry is to do for your audience?
J-hawk: To see changed lives, it’s to see better lives, changed lives.
Interviewer: JMD what are your hopes for the music that Anointed Chemistry puts out.
JMD: Well I only desire to see what God has invested in us to be given to our generation. That they can truly see what it means to be free but yet disciplined enough to just live righteous lives for God. And through our music and the lyrics that God gives us, I believe that we can convey that message to all those who hear us both young and old
Interviewer: J-hawk if a young person, girl or boy came to you very interested in gospel rap. What would be some of the key pieces of wisdom that you would give to them?
J-hawk: I would say pray about it and then after you pray about it if that’s your passion, go for it. Study the word, understand the word, live the word and rap the word.
Interviewer: JMD I would like to know would you like your music to influence others to get into gospel rap? And what would be the connection to that and the future aspirations of Anointed Chemistry?
JMD: I would uh, I would like for others to be inspired by what we do if they are interested in music and if they are been gifted in the area of music singing or rapping. Cause, you know, anything that we can do to glorify God we should, you know, cause the gifts and talents that we have are given to us by God. And in the future we desire, to, to grow more than this and be able to have the resources to help others, to record and to help others to have the opportunities to minister to different ministries. And even take it international if God allows.
Interviewer: J-hawk would you like to explain a little be about how you and JMD work in the studio, what’s an average recording session for the two of you?
J-hawk: Uh, time wise I would say a good, a good, two to uh four hours. Two to four hours, um sometimes we kind of mess up we have to we have to run it back. He calls me Mr. One-take so in most cases when I do it I do it in one take. But in most cases I have to do like seven takes. Uh but overall, two to four hours. And we have fun doing it too actually.
Interviewer: JMD what is your favorite thing about recording with J-hawk?
JMD: Well like he said cause he Mr. One-take, so that challenges me to try to get under at least two or three takes. I don’t always get around to it, but he brings energy to the mic, you know, that I myself find of at times, you know, cause I tend to be more reserved but he just let it, he lay it all out on the mic, you know, so he inspires, he uh causes me to be better as a recorder myself.
Interviewer: Alright, thanks so much for your time guys
J-hawk: You welcome
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