Saturday, 15 October 2016

A Rasta is Something of the Heart, Keep my Music Real– DR MONEY


Dr Money, a.k.a, JKL 4 real is a music entrepreneur, a producer, a performing artiste, a blogger and a philanthropist under the platform of Justin Kingland Foundation, who has been touring the whole world making exploits with his unique blend of dancehall, Afro and Asian sounds. A native of Agulu, in Anambra state, he is currently based in Ghana with his Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, and branches in New Jersey, U.S.A, and Lagos, Nigeria and has decided to introduce his brand of music to his home, Nigeria. In this exclusive interview with O’star Eze of Orient Daily, Dr Money talks about life as a musical artiste and entrepreneur while shedding light on topical issues concerning the music industry. Excerpts:
How would you describe your kind of music?
I am a dancehall advocate. I created what I call Afro-Asia Rhythm. When I came to Nigeria and played it the first time, they couldn’t understand it. I gave it a name – ghetto gospel, because of the message. There was a show NTA invited me to in Lagos 2010. During the show, a man called me and asked me whether I was Justin Prophet. This was the name Nigerians know me by. I had to change the name from Justin Prophet to Justin Kingland in Malaysia because of the environment I found myself. I didn’t need anybody to advice me to remove the ‘prophet’ suffix in my name. That was why I came up the name JKL.
What is the theme that you like to reflect in your music?
Mostly, it is about life experience and I keep my message positive. There is a way I get inspiration. I don’t just write songs. I listen to the tune, I jam it and I deliver. And I don’t record when I don’t have inspiration. Because I own the studio, I work 24/7. Whenever I pick up pen to write, I would be hearing a voice saying, “Why are you forcing the music?” I would drop my pen. But if I hear any sound I would be flowing and after recording, I would now listen to what I’d done and write them down. This was the very reason Shirley B of Def Jam remarked that I was real, and that I should keep it up. So, it is all about life experience, revelation I get from Jah. Although sometimes I might come up with love songs but the love songs is to show my other part. But regardless of my theme, it is always positive.
How would you describe your religious inclination?
I am Ras. But, you know, Ras is not having dread. Being a Rasta is not just because you put on dread. Being a Rasta is something of the heart. If you don’t have a good heart, you are not supposed to call yourself a Rasta. And if you’re Rasta man, you should not have bad mind.
Are there artistes you have signed that are doing well in the music industry?
In 2010 I signed Blackface. It was a project and we took him to Malaysia. We produced more than 16 tracks for him. After 9 months, everything went bad. We had someone like Def Dog then. In Ghana, we had someone like Ras Kuku. Ras Kuku is one of the heavy weights in Ghana. He was under For Real Records for some time. We are still signing artistes and our doors are open. Only that we don’t want to rush. Right now, 4real Records has only one artiste it is focusing its energy on and that is jkl4real . We have D Q as well, and other underground artistes we are assisting as well.
I understand that you have this philanthropy. Would you like to talk about it?
Yes, we are into charity as well. It has been in me from onset. It is inbuilt. Let me give you an instance. When I was young, then I was still in primary four. Just in front of our house, any time we have heavy rain, the road is very bad.  I saw this woman fall. A very old woman. I ran out in the rain to help her. I carried her load. She showed me her house, I dropped her load. I made friends with her children. Every time they come to our house, we play, I visit their house too. They had this mud house and the roof was made with thatches. Sometimes I would sleep there. And this usually gets my father to come there and scold the woman how she could allow a kid like me to sleep under such conditions and she doesn’t ask who the parents are and whether the parents might be looking for him. She would reply that she knew I was his son and that he had knowledge of my whereabouts. I stole from my father to change the woman’s roof to zinc and put blocks on her house, at that age. So, it has always been part of me. Dad would always complain that I would steal money from him to give to others. Sometimes I would carry rice from my father (he was a farmer) and give to those I felt were in need. So, when I grew and started having my own money, I naturally continued my philanthropic ways.
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I understand you have a couple of singles and there is this one that is making waves. Tell us about it
Yea, Ole is a song that I used to show my fans the other part of me so they don’t feel it is only serious messages that I sing about. I just want them to know that I am a straight guy. It is part of us as humans to sometimes get emotional. We have this thing in us that we have to talk to the girls and let them know that they need to be loved. So, it is a song for all the lovers to embrace and serenade their moments with. It is a song telling a loved one that the love you have for her got other people jealous. It is a way to let men know how to love their women for real and appreciate them.

Finally, what should Nigerians expect from Dr Money in the nearest future?
Ole is a hit single that is taking over the Nigerian air waves and we are open to work with underground artistes in Nigeria, to work with them and assist them with their musical ambitions, just as we have been doing with other artistes in Ghana. There is show coming up; Anambra Peace and Security Concert, A-PAS. We are here to partner with the organizers, Henry B Klassic Entertainment Crew. Henry B also happens to be my manager in Nigeria. We want our people in Nigeria to expect something big. We have other projects coming with the music like promotional packages. We appreciate our people, we appreciate our fans; we appreciate Anambra people and our fellow Nigerians.



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