Beyond The Stage had the chance to catch up with up-and-comer rapper, Jesse Paradice. We talked all things music, inspiration, and of course, his killer new track, “Break It.” Read on to find out more about one of your new favorite artists.
Beyond The Stage: How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
Jesse Paradice: I would say my sound is a blend of UK Drill Rap, Trap, and at times a little bit soulful. It’s a weird blend, but hey, it’s me [laughs].
BTS: You recently released your latest single, “Break It.” What was the writing and recording process like for it?
JP: “Break It” was honestly one of the easiest records to write. I wanted to express all the emotions I was feeling during the pandemic. A little bit of aggression, a little bit of seriousness, and shoot, I wanted to make a fun record to vibe too.
Drill records are the perfect way of being as straightforward as possible. I wanted to address a lot of the homophobic comments and disses I was getting online.
Also, I wanted to bring drill rap to the queers. Here ya go, squad!
Stream “Break It” by Jesse Paradice on Spotify below.
BTS: Do you have a favorite line from the song? If so, which and why?
JP: “Underestimate, can’t anticipate/Heard you sending shots/But ya man ain’t straight.”
This is my favorite line because it challenges the status quo of hip-hop culture. Many hide in the closet and make it their job to tear queer artists that are fully out. For so long, the hip-hop community pretended that we didn’t exist and if we did, we were exiled without warning.
So when homophobes start to throw insults my way, it most likely applies to someone very close to their camp. We are everywhere and we refuse to take the insults. We might even throw the first punch.
BTS: What was the inspiration behind the track?
JP: Everything UK Drill. I listened to nothing but UK Drill during the pandemic. Central Cee, Digga D, TeeZandos, V9 we’re steady in my rotation. The wittiness, lyricism, and beat production are heads above every rap genre around the world.
Watch the music video for “Break It” by Jesse Paradice below.
BTS: Anything else we should know about the song or you as an artist?
JP: I’m just a regular person like y’all. I make music because I feel it’s the best way to make changes to cultural norms. If I can chip away at the homophobia and racism that exist in my immediate environment, then I have done my job. It’s okay to be queer and make aggressive music while still being true to yourself.
Let’s find all the hatred in the world and Break It.