Today we’d like to introduce you to Juise Leroy.
(Quentin Smith), better known as Jui$e Leroy, is a hip-hop rapper from Fort Worth, TX residing in Dallas. He was born and raised in a two-parent household in a gang-affiliated most of his childhood until things took an unexpected turn. Although his parents, and grandmother, were positive influences in his life, he joined a local gang at an early age. (His Aunt Paula advised that he write poems to express his frustrations and pains that he endured after his mother and father split. He wrote his first song at 13, titled “War”. Recorded it on a blank cassette tape and made copies to take around town for people to hear and created a buzz.)
Around this time his parents separated, which resulted in him, his brother and mother to leave his hometown for a couple of years. Things became stressful and caused him to fall into a depression. When he was 13, he started writing to cope with the changes in his life and environment. Influenced by artists such as Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur, he decided to keep writing and perfecting his skills. At 16, he came up with the stage name ‘Yung Q’ and began recording his songs in the studio. Around this time, he put out the song “(Like it T-I-Is and Swag)” which picked up steam and got airplay on local radio stations. To keep the momentum of this record and his music going, he performed weekly in Dallas for a couple of years to establish a name for himself locally. After gaining a little buzz he decided it was time for a change, so he created his stage name Tony Staxx and released mixtapes and visuals under this moniker.
His fanbase grew even more locally under this name from releasing mixtapes and visuals consistently for (5) years. He was given the opportunity to open for Nipsey Hussle, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T and B.O.B. Tony Staxx was officially stamped as one Dallas’ top rappers. He was featured, and premiered, on rappers Scotty ATL and Cyhi The Prynce single “Nigga Concentrate” directed by Stack Moses. The song gained attention and the video was featured on big hip hop music platforms and media outlets like The Source, Vibe, Hip Hop DX, Revolt TV and BET Jam.
Shortly after, while he was recording his project “LORDS” when he watched ‘The Last Dragon’ in the studio, and that’s when the name Jui$e Leroy was born. The name change didn’t initially take well, but over time his fans accepted it. During this time, he developed a Wu-Tang Clan sound mixed with a southern influenced cadence and flow pattern. After the NBA posted his song ‘Winnin’ on their Instagram it went viral on social media. This gave his new identity the stamp of approval. Now he’s most notable by his Hachimaki Japanese headbands and unique sense of style. His content reflects his upbringing, consciousness and values acquired from the streets. The purpose of his music is to liberate the oppressed and alter the current mindset of our paradigm to further advance our (oppressed generation’s) future and opportunities.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Hell no, never knew expected it to be smooth either. I always heard overnight success takes at least ten years and I understand why that is the case now that I’ve been learning the in’s and outs. Some of the greatest obstacles were not having a financial backing, solid support system and establishing endurance to withstand all the political B.S. that takes place in the industry. Definitely builds character and makes for a better story in the end though.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a street conscious emcee/entertainer/artist. I specialize in blending my street knowledge and experiences with witty metaphors with deep intellectual enlightenment. I’m known for my Wu-Tang like influence, mixing the Asian culture and with the street lifestyle. You’ll notice me out in about because I’m always rocking my Hachimaki (Japanese Headband) like Karate Kid. What I’m most proud of is the influence I have on people when they hear my music and see me perform live. I inspire people in a positive light and that brings me the greatest joy. My approach from the way I dress, the way I deliver bars and reel people in with my essence is what sets me apart from others. My music and image speak for itself.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My image, my visuals and the messages within my lyrics which correlate with my action outside of the booth is what I feel is most important to my success. I’m humbled, diligent, and carry myself with respect so I receive the same type of energy no matter if I’m in New York, California or overseas, people just gravitate to me and show me mad love.
- Website: www.juiseleroy.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @Juiseleroy
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuiseLeroy/
- Twitter: @JuiseLeroy
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