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‘Queen of 805’ J.Me’s Old-School Inspirations

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Ventura-based RnB singer J.Me describes her father’s musical influence and bringing lowrider culture into her work.
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We have a special treat for you all today.
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They call her the queen of the 805.
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She just released her latest album last week called Love Now,
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Cry Later. Welcome to the show.
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We're so so excited and happy to have you here today.
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Thank you. I'm super excited to be here.
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You guys are really awesome.
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Oh, so tell us about working on your new album Love
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Now, Cry Later.
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What were you most inspired by?
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You know, I just wanted to go back to my
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R and B scene.
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I do a lot of old school funk sometimes I do rap
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just for fun. But I really wanted to get back
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into, you know,
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those, that kind of heartbreak,
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you know, vibe,
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feeling the love vibe,
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feeling a lot of my girl fans.
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They're like, I need something I can bump in the car
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that's gonna make me scream my lungs out,
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you know, like,
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you know, if I'm mad at my man,
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I wanna sing something.
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If I love my man,
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I wanna sing something about it,
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you know, and even like a guy with a girl,
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I, I just wanted something that people could vibe to and
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also, you know,
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like relate to, I love that vibing and related.
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So I guess that leads me to my next question.
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How did you come up with the name of the album Love
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Now cry later.
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There's a saying that goes smile now cry later.
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And that's what kind of inspired me.
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And I was like,
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you know, I want to put my own twist like,
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you know, love.
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Now that's, you know,
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usually at the beginning of the relationship starts,
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you know, sometimes it falls through it,
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cry later to worry about it later.
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I'm so in love,
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you know, so I was like,
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I think that's gonna be a perfect name for it and it's
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cute, you know,
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it is like, I'll remember that.
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So you posted last year about being independent with no label.
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How was it like being a Latina in the music industry doing
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it on your own?
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It's honestly, it is a journey.
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I would say,
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you know, at first I thought I needed,
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you know, to,
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for people to do things for me,
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but I learned that you work hard on your own.
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You know, you,
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you go through the trials of it all and it's,
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it's worth it in the end as a woman.
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And you know, it,
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it has a lot of challenges and it's a male dominant scene
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and I just didn't give up.
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I said, heck no,
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you know, I'm gonna keep going if you know,
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this, this label over here is telling me,
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you know, you need me,
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you need me but you know,
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you don't really need like you need a team,
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but that's what you need a team.
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People are gonna like put you up.
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So I just said,
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you know, I'm gonna be independent for a while.
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I'm gonna see where it goes and it's been working.
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You know, people respect that way more when you put in
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like the dedication and I encourage anybody,
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you know, to be independent.
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I think you can do it all on your own.
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I love it. I love the independent,
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strong girl energy and Latina girl power.
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Yes. Yes. Yes.
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Jesus. So who is your dream to lab?
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And who did you listen to most when you were growing up
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Oh My gosh.
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So, so many R and B artists.
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I grew up in like the 90 early two thousands R and
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B. Like I love Keisha Cole.
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My new favorite artist is Summer Walker.
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Like I'm obsessed with her.
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Like I love her,
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you know, Jana Aiko,
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she's another one I would definitely love to work with.
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And you know, they,
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they're like the queens of like the R and B like they
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got all the songs you need and you know,
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girls love it, everyone loves it.
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You know, it's just something you can cruise to and I
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think they would be like a perfect collab vibe.
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I love it. I love it.
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Putting it out there for you.
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Manifesting it. Yes.
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Yes. Yes. So,
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do you have any other musicians in your family?
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Yeah. I have my dad and my brother.
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So, yeah, my dad,
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he sings, he plays the guitar.
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He's so talented. Yeah.
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I grew up, like,
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on a lot of,
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like, rock rock and roll,
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classic rock. So we were,
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like, blasting that in the house,
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like loud as heck.
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And then my brother,
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he plays every instrument you could think of.
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Like, he could play drums,
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guitar, you know,
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but they're really low key,
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you know, and I'm more like out there about it.
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So they're like cheering me on from the like,
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yeah, like, you know,
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do what you want to do with it.
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So that's beautiful though.
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You have a family that understands the art of what you're doing
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Yeah. Yeah,
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definitely. And then my mom,
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she's a karaoke singer.
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She just likes the karaoke.
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I love it with the.
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So,, do you bring any aspect of low rider
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culture into your art?
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Oh, yeah. You know,
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that's who I, you know,
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I do it for,
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I love seeing my music being bummed in,
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you know, the classics and the low riders.
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Like that's why I make like a lot of like old school
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funk, you know,
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because that's just, that's west coast right there.
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So, and then shout out to Low Rider magazine.
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They been putting me on like a bunch of shows and it's
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just been, you know,
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putting my music out there for people to say,
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oh, there is still stuff like this coming out,
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you know, you don't,
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you, you can listen to the old stuff but you could
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still bring the new school in with that old school phone just
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trying to keep it alive.
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You know, it should be alive forever.
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Absolutely amazing. And what has been the best experience you've had
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so far as an artist?
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shoot, just honestly right now,
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it's just going to different cities and different states.
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Like I said,
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Lowrider magazine, they've been bringing me out to Vegas.
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I got Salt Lake City next.
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So it's, it's so awesome to just see that,
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you know, there's fans like in other states and you know
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the culture. So it's,
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it's awesome. It's been going really good and,
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you know, every project I've been dropping,
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that's also a good experience too.
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Love it. You once said you manifested your show last year
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at the Low Rider Long Beach Super Show.
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Can you share some manifestation tips?
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I'm all about manifesting.
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That is like the one thing that I feel like everyone needs
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to do is just manifest.
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You gotta ask believe and receive it.
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You just got to literally see it in your vision,
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make the steps, you know,
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to do it, don't give up and it's,
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it's gonna come, it's gonna come when it's right.
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You know, So I,
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I believe in just positivity and yeah,
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keep on manifesting what you want.
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Beautiful, beautiful words,
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Jamie. Thank you so much for being here today.
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Where can we listen to Love now?
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Cry later. You can listen to it on all platforms.
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j.me Jamie is my music name.
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I'm on only underscore Jamie for Instagram.
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You can find me on youtube.
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Yeah, everywhere.
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Pretty much love it.
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Well, I know I will be tuning in.
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Thank you so much for sharing about your journey.
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I'm very inspired and I wish you all the best.
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Thank you. Thank you guys for having me.