Artist: Sullee J
BIO: 25 year old, Sullee J grew up in a Pakistani/American Culture. He struggled with neglect, racism, multiplied mistakes, and heartaches. He hopes to open doors for many other South Asians in the Hip Hop game trying to make it. Sullee J’s fans echo that he is comparable to other hip-hop artists, such as Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, and Nas. He is driven to reach a diverse audience with his music, and inspire, move, and entangle entire generations with his words. Sullee J has received publicity on Fox and CBS nationwide, including international acclaim in Canada, along with his music being spun in over 6 different countries, including US, UK, France, Ireland, Norway, Uganda and more. Sullee J does not use profanity in his music, believing he can still be just as lyrical and passionate about it. Sullee J’s single, “Billy’s Conscience” which was produced to raise awareness about Billy’s mysterious illness, has already led him to international acclaim. Billy’s wife exclaimed “The only thing that Sullee J has more of than talent is heart.” Sullee J’s singles ‘BismiAllah’ & ‘Make a Change’ off his first album ‘The Consequence,’ helped his career take off to the next level, displaying a mix between, politics, faith and struggle. Between releasing two mix tapes previously, currently working on his third, with the hit single ‘The Warning,’ and his second album, Sullee J is taking music into a whole other perspective. Working with several charitable organizations recently and he continues to stay on his grind, believing God, consistency and maintenance are the key factors to any form of success.
1) How old were you when you first decided you wanted to do music?
Sullee J: I started out as a poet, the pen became my best friend. I began giving my lyrics rhythm 7 years ago now. Although, me and a few friends use to mess around with spitting random freestyles, and recording for fun in high school, it wasn’t serious at that time. I feel like as long as God keeps my heart bleeding, music keeps my heart beating.
2) Who would you say inspires you the most as an artist?
Sullee J: I would say my heart, the way it feels about music. I want to use music as a revelation for a time to come. I keep it consistent as not only my passion, but as a form of admonition, or better yet a message. It is a form of verbal activism for the masses mixed with a therapeutic tool for myself.
3) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Sullee J: I see myself in the ears of those who will to hear, in the eyes of those who will to be aware, in the hearts of those who still do care, in the minds of those who’d kill to be here.
4) What artist would you like to collaborate with?
Sullee J: Nas
5) What would you say is your biggest accomplishments?
Sullee J: A long time ago, when I first realized that music in general was capable of changing other peoples lives for the better, and I was given this gift to do exactly that, that makes me feel like i’ve accomplished the best out of what I do. Through many years, I’ve been able to help several people whether it be through advice or actual situations through charitable foundations that had hope in my purpose. Helping someone for the better means more to me than all the radio interviews, opening act performances, collaborations or features I’ve received. Those are just things which are temporary, but having a place in someones heart lasts forever. Im grateful for God allowing me to be able to do that with my talent.
6) What is the biggest thing in your life that you regret and wish you could change?
Sullee J: None of us should regret, due to the fact that our past is the reason we are as great in the present circumstance. I don’t believe in regrets, maybe I’ve felt like damn, I should’ve done something in a different way, but Im an optimistic person, always looking toward a positive side, so I feel like everything happens for a reason. Specially since most of my music is derived from mistakes and personal experiences which taught me how to better myself, I would never take back anything. I’ve only learn to become wiser with every tear!
7) What is 1 thing that you want fans to always remember you by?
Sullee J: That I’m there for them. Im not egotistic or will ever be into myself that I forgot where I came from. I want them to remember me as someone who they could count on. I’ll never put myself on a higher surface than them. One of my mottos is, I am not different from anybody in this world, I just chose to see this world different. Keep it humble always! If life is already a bi*ch, what good will it bring you to mirror it?
8) Have you been given any advice that’s stuck? What type of Advice can you give for up and coming artist?
Sullee J: I feed off people who doubt me. The statement that keeps me hungry is “Sullee, you will never make it”. I’m a person who finds humor in everything, I laugh because I feel like i’ve been through so much already, all that’s left to do is just laugh. Maybe I’m crazy…
Advice for upcoming artist… stop trying to be like other artist. I help a lot of artist, I’ve done so many free verses, out of my own pocket, to show people that are actually trying and got a grind, that I know how it feels, so if I can give you a helping hand, I’m down. But, if your trying to be someone your not, don’t ask me for help. BE YOURSELF! Also, you got to be a hustler. If you can’t make something out of nothing, this game isn’t for you. There are so many times you will be rejected, but you got to find another way out. There will always be a way out! Im proof of that!
9) How do you plan on changing the game?
Sullee J: Because, I will make it more than just music. I will form a unity that has never been seen. You’ll see! God sent me here for a purpose, the world will see soon enough. My time is coming.
10) Musically who are you mostly compared to and what separates you from them and other artist out today?
Sullee J: Sometimes because I spit fast, people automatically be like you sound like em, or but that was more so in the beginning. Over the years, my loyal supporters have seen Im unique in my own way, my sound, my delivery, my rhythm. I don’t listen to much music, as funny as that sounds, I stopped paying attention to whats new most of the time, and even if I do a remix to a popular beat, I’ve probably not heard the original, just because I don’t want any influence from the original track in my version. I try to stay as far away from anyones sound as I can, and just do me. At the end of the day, if they like it, they do, if not they don’t. But think about it… Im here aren’t I? I hope I’m doing something right! [That's a shout out by the way to "Xclusive Muziq" for giving me this opportunity]
1) Are you working on any new projects?
Sullee J: #Vicegerent mix tape releasing September 2nd, it will be all over! Download it! You can also find a track called “Nothing To Lose” on the upcoming Outlawz Nation Vol. III featuring Young Noble and Hussein Fatal, big shout out to them and DJ Outlaw and Cell Block. So many surprises coming, I’ll keep it quiet for the moment.
2) When you’re not working on music, what do you do in your spare time?
Sullee J: Gym, School, Travel, I never like staying in one spot. God bless!