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Meet Sir Jon Lee of Court of Wolves

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sir Jon Lee.

Sir Jon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Compton. I was a very sickly kid. I was in out of the hospital for the majority of my childhood. Being very sickle and from Compton, with very religious parents, they, my parents, sheltered me. They kept me away from a lot of things. They were very protective of me. With good intention, they kept me in church, they sent me to private schools that were run by their churches denomination. So, I lived in a bubble. No secular music was allowed, only oldies and Gospel music. All I did was read comic books and watch wrestling.

My cousin would sneak a rap song in for me when he would occasionally pick me up from school, but I didn’t get into Hip- Hop until the 6th grade. That is when I saw the music video, for Kanye West’s “Through the Wire.” I was amazed by it. I felt he was telling my story and living my life. I remember going to school and telling my friends about the video. A friend of mines ended up giving me a mix cd of his music. The CD included “Jesus Walks.” I used that song as a trojan horse to bring Hip-Hop into my house.

I eventually learned of Cam’ron, J Dilla, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, N.E.R.D., Outkast. Before hearing these artist’s, I thought you had to be a street guy to rap. Hearing them influenced me to become an artist. I’d eventually join a group which was essentially a Dip-Set tribute band. After a while, everybody, but I stopped rapping. I eventually learned how to make beats and to produce my own music. Fast forward to February of 2016. That’s when I released my first project.

Has it been a smooth road?
No. Nothing was ever smooth. I definitely struggled. Music, at times, can be very expensive to make, it also requires a lot of time and work. But the lack of recourses never hindered me. I learned as much as possible. I became resourceful and was able to push forward.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Court of Wolves – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Court of Wolves is an independent music label/ production company. We put out music yearly, we produce for other artists, we sell merch. We recently put out our first full-length LP “He Eats With Wolves,” which was accompanied by a music video for a song on the album’ Finn, The Human.”

What I’m most proud of is how we were able to produce at such a high level, without access to the recourses that most other artists have. Johnathan Kaufman and I built this from the bottom, and I’m excited to see the heights we will take it.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like the food there. I also love music.

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Deja Gordan & Barrington Darius

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