Continuing to prove that he’s a “lyrical mastermind” whose creativity knows no bounds, Jonezen shows no signs of slowing down. The Detroit-born, Los Angeles-based artists has been turning heads with his anthemic new single, “Bars,” according to Jonezen the Brian Bolen produced track was “not only about re-introducing myself as an artist, but also making a statement. I wanted to go at some of the dudes, without naming names, that don’t respect the art form of lyricism in hip-hop. It’s about actually rapping, actually honing and developing your craft as an artist and an emcee. I’m constantly working to develop my craft, being creative and pushing the envelope and making music that’s authentic to who I am as a person.”
Today Jonezen has partnered with Myspace to exclusively unveil the official “Bars” music video. The gritty warehouse setting, mob of Jonezen’s posse, and nods to hip-hop culture with break dancing, street art, and style sets the perfect rap battle scene for his lyrical attack. And he pulls no punches with this one.
Some of the best and most iconic music comes from artists of who’ve persevered through hardships and know all too well the darker side of life. Their authenticity-soaked lyrics reflect substance; sharing accounts of their struggles, shining light on societal issues, giving voice to those who cannot speak for themselves and using their platform to ignite important conversations – and Jonezen is poised to be one of those influential artists.
Since stepping out into the underground music scene, Jonezen has been outspoken, especially about his struggles with substance abuse – even choosing his moniker as an acknowledgement of that time. His debut critically acclaimed release Live From Rehab, which he wrote and recorded while in treatment, launched him to success. Jonezen reflected on overcoming his addiction and how that played a part in his writing process and overall career in an in-depth interview with Psychology Today – read the compelling story HERE.
People want to see this underdog win. Jonezen’s success continues with awards and accolades piling up – he won the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2013 and 2014 for Hip Hop Artist and Solo Performer of the year. In 2015 he won #1 Contender at the Underground Music Awards and was nominated at the 2016 Hollywood Music In Media Awards for best Hip Hop artist. He has also toured with Bone Thugs N Harmony, Swollen Members, Mad Child and has recorded with trap music’s godfather, Gucci Mane. If there’s an ‘edge’ to his lyrical content, it is metaphorical and to prove a point. “All people, all beliefs, races, creeds, religions, sexes, deserve respect and equal treatment under the law and from people. That’s what I believe and how I conduct myself in my daily life.”
Pushing the boundaries as he moves forward in his career, Jonezen is living proof that you can overcome anything set in your way – taking it all one day at a time.