Just dropping his latest single "Lost My Way, up-and-coming UK rapper Jay-D wears his heart shamelessly on his sleeve. An astute analysis of his mental health, the track is uncompromising and brutally honest - raising awareness and challenging societal taboos.
Using his platform to encourage others to break free from the darkness, we asked Jay-D to select 5 songs that have influenced him the most. Tune in.
Talib Kweli – Get By
This was the first time I heard Kanye West produce and I fell in love with socially conscious rap.
Lupe Fiasco – Hip-Hop Saved My Life
This song rejects a materialistic lifestyle advocated by most hip-hop songs, and tells it how it really is.
Adema – Immortal
Adema was the first metal band that truly inspired me. Mark Chavez's rugged vocal tone really made me fall in love with metal.
J Dilla - Love feat. Pharoahe Monch
J Dilla put the soul into hip-hop.
Dark Lotus – Juggalo Family
This song is the very thing that the Juggalo community is about and what they stand for.