Local reggae artist Mosiah Jones is getting ready to release his first studio album, Trip to Ja, and is making waves on the local scene. Recently, I talked to him about his album and his rising career. In part one of our interview, we discussed his childhood and the remarkable story of his first major performance in his native Jamaica.
In 2007, Mosiah moved to the United States and upon arriving in Jacksonville, he was introduced to the hip-hop talents of The Prolegend Movement. Mosiah and The Prolegend Movement have worked together on several songs, including tracks off of the group’s latest mixtape, Black Diamondz. Mosiah does the hook on the song “Ayo Teaser”, blending hip-hop and reggae in a crowd-pleasing collaboration that is setting the club scene and the online world on fire.
After recording “Ayo Teaser”, Mosiah did a solo mixtape at home using his laptop. The Prolegend Movement forwarded it to Ivory (C.E.O. Point Blank Entertainment), who introduced him to what would become his producer, Jimmy Beats of Dark Beats Music. They began recording in February 2010 and the finished product is Trip to Ja, scheduled to be officially released late summer. The album is already available online at CD Baby, Itunes, Amazon, and other sites, and they have recently wrapped up filming a video for one of the singles, “Chicas Bonitas”, an upbeat track with a perfect reggaeton feel.
In addition to entertaining his audience, Mosiah uses his music to send a message to listeners. The track “Gone too Soon” was written by him as a tribute to young people who have died under tragic circumstances such as murder, suicide, or accidents. The song was partly inspired by his younger brother, Zaire Jones, who was robbed and killed April 23, 2009 while walking home from school. “It’s putting out there that people are gone too soon, and telling people to stop the killing, stop drinking alcohol and driving, all of that,” Mosiah stated.
When asked about the ongoing ‘daggering’ controversy surrounding dancehall music and lyrics that are sexually explicit and/or violent in nature, he had this to say, “The music influence people. People in Jamaica take the music serious. The music is a part of you. I think the reggae music, the dancehall music, is drifting off the path of where dancehall should be because I remember going to parties and you would dance with the girls, and girls and guys would dance and have fun. Now, I think its drifting away and getting too wild. Based on my tracks, I’m trying to bring back the feeling of good, clean feeling….People need to make good music and not just put something on a beat because they trying to get a sale.”
Everything about Mosiah, from his demeanor to his music, reflects a positive, inspiring take on life. He is a man on a mission, ready to do big things in the industry, and is definitely an artist to watch. His determination to succeed is reflected in his advice for aspiring musicians, “Make good music that people can listen to. Make music that your parents can listen, that a kid can listen. Make good music and keep pushing. If that’s something you want, don’t stop, keep going. Believe in what you do and keep pushing.”