There’s no denying that the world we live in has some issues. Sadly, not everyone is aware of the struggles of the misfortuned masses who suffer and die every day due to racism, poverty, greed, apathy, and many factors. One artist hopes to use his high-flying music career to become a sounding board for causes and movements that seek to address these issues. His name is J. Star, and he’s out to make a difference with his art.
Jeff Dunn, a.k.a. J. Star, is a rap and hip-hop artist who has been climbing up charts and streaming platforms quite quickly in recent times. On Spotify, his tracks are currently racking up over 10,000 listeners a month, and now he has over 2,000 avid followers. Some of his most famous songs include tracks like “Why,” “The Weight of The World,” “And the Sun Will Rise Again,” “Baby Girl,” “Ride or Die,” and many others. Since he started releasing original music, he has shaken some core issues and continues to challenge the status quo for faulty systems that oppress others.
All of this started with a few cover videos on Youtube. “I got started by just messing around on YouTube doing cover songs,” shares J. Star. “Someone then asked me if I could make original songs, and it hit me— If I wrote original music, then I could express my true feelings.”
So J. Star first released a song entitled “Cancer,” which performed pretty well for a debut EP album. Soon enough, the artist churned out new content regularly and uploaded them to his streaming platforms.
J. Star started to capitalize on his momentum. Still, instead of seeking self-enrichment, he began leveraging his following by using his media and channels as a platform to share his two cents on the world’s social issues.
For the artist, his influence seemed entirely accidental at some level. “I never had a dream about singing,” he admits openly. “I started this journey just having fun on youtube. The fun turned into something real.”
J. Star’s most significant break came after producer Don P. approached him and offered him a contract to play music professionally. By that point, the rapper understood that this was a calling given to him. Today, he is highly passionate about music and education. He brings both together to illuminate many aspects of culture that need to be addressed.
One issue closest to J. Star’s heart is the growing tyranny and hate surrounding racial profiling and discrimination. He regularly goes to social media platforms to voice out his opinions, which has drawn many people who stand behind J. Star’s message. He also speaks openly about apartheid towards people of different genders, religions, and backgrounds, continually rallying for support against those who bully people systemically and unsystematically.
On August 7, 2021, he had his first headlining act at the Ardmore Pa at the Rusty nail. J. Star will also perform as an opening act on June 26, 2021. J. Star hopes to play his part in ending the hate and helping spread positive vibes in society through his music and influence.