The Drop was created for one reason, and one reason only. To keep you in the loop on rising artists who should be on your radar. The beautiful thing about music is that it’s ever-changing. There’s always a new artist to keep our eardrums from hitting a plateau. Jered Sanders is one of those artists and he recently dropped Nobody Famous, an album stuffed full of soulful samples coupled with a little southern bounce, topped off with lyrics meant to make you assess the world we’re living in.
There’s no in-depth story about the very moment that Jered found music. He was always in love with it, and that love was never something he had to necessarily identify. Taking his intrinsic satisfaction that came from making music, Jered attacked the craft head on. What we hear in Nobody Famous is a man who has arrived at an understanding of self, necessary for growth into the next stage of life.
Jered raps from the perspective of someone who is no longer blinded by the flashing lights that superstardom could inherently bring. He has identified societal woes and escaped the very thought process that keeps the youth trapped in an endless cycle of wanting to be someone we’re not. All of that with a touch of the good word.
At 15 tracks, the project is a manifestation of purely expressing thoughts until all feelings are out on the table. That’s the power in music, it allows artists to carefully articulate their life experiences in away that can affect the masses.
Jered spoke with REVOLT TV about what it took to put together the project, now available.
At 15 tracks, Nobody Famous is an ambitious effort, proving that you’re capable of making an extensive project, worth a listen from beginning to end. Were you trying to make a statement by including so many tracks?
Nah, not really. I was just thinking of writing and rapping until the thought felt complete. I didn’t even think about the number of tracks. It just felt like I said all that I had to say when it was all said and done.
Lyricism is prevalent on the album and many people argue that having bars isn’t as much of a priority in hip-hop these days. What are your thoughts on that?
I think there’s a lane for everybody, honestly. I’m a writer. I find myself more impressed by art that requires one to think and challenges preconceptions. Some don’t feel the way I do about the matter, but I guess that’s why they spend their money and time on what they like.
My favorite track off of the album is “Powin Up.” You were able to make a song people can vibe to anywhere from the car to the club. Can you provide some insight into the making of that particular track?
Salute, man. I actually just wanted to find a way to incorporate a message into something familiar. I wanted to talk about peer pressure from a unique and catchy artistic perspective. That kind of record often comes out either corny and cliche, or it’s viewed as innovative and refreshing. Thankfully, it was the latter.
What was the conceptual approach to the album? Were you attempting to tell a particular story?
I think it was more of a running theme than a concept. I wanted to be able to give people a Christian’s perspective on social, political, and personal issues. Each interlude (channel change) was intended to lead into the next topic/song.
As an up and coming MC what does success look like in your eyes? What will make you feel like you “made it”?
‘Well done, thy good and faithful servant.’ Ultimately, that’s my end all, be all, bro. In a more tangible sense though, a happy wife, a maturing daughter, personal contentment, and a good rapport with those around me and in my local community are all representations of “success” for me.
What does Jered Sanders bring to hip-hop that no other artist is bringing?
Honestly, I’m unsure. I hope that transparency from the perspective of a common man and well-thought out rhymes/songs will end up being my calling cards. I can sing, I can rap, I have a broad range of production I pull from, and actually care about the full presentation of a project as opposed to giving you a bunch of singles and filler material.
You have a sort of universal sound. Nobody Famous is very eclectic. It’s like a Chex Mix of different influences from the beat selection to the cadence in some of your flows. How did you develop such a wide range of approaches to your records?
I’m a renaissance man in a sense, bro. Like, seriously. I was born in Florida, listened to Motown and church organs on Sunday mornings. I grew up in VA during the Bad Boy, Death Row, No-Limit, Midwest, and Roc-A-Fella movements. I was close to the Gogo sounds of DC, the house sounds in Baltimore, as well as the Philly Soul emergence in the early 2000s. I was in college in the middle of the trap wave in Atlanta, love 90s R&B and was around when gospel music made the transition to mainstream through folks like Kirk (Franklin) and Mary Mary. That about sums it up. I’ve plucked from everywhere.
What do you hope to accomplish with Nobody Famous, and can we expect any visuals soon?
“Hopefully, people get a better idea of who I am as a person, the things I love, and the things that get under my skin. As far as visuals, yup. I should have a few dropping very soon.”
Ready to check out Nobody Famous? Take a listen here and let us know what you think!