Miami’s Making of an Independent Rap Artist: The Introduction of Jalax!


About Rap Artist:   JALAX

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Introducing Miami’s independent and self made rap artist Jahari Oliphant-Williams as, Jalax. What makes this young man and emerging independent rap artist interesting, is that he captures a quick response with just about everyone that hears his style of music, and his listeners approves and applauded him for his new age unique lyrical style and beat combination, including his great grandmother Jewel Oliphant who stated, “He can rap and I like his music.” His artistic talent was noticed at an early age in pre-elementary school by one of his teachers who recommended that his parents place him in a specialized performing arts charter school because she thought he would excel better in an arts educational environment. As an experience and enrolled student of two different performing arts elementary schools in Tampa, FL, he was exposed to the arts, performing art and the entertainment educational experience. When he arrived to middle school, he participated in the drama club at Benito Middle School in Tampa, FL and tapped into his hidden talent of memorization. The talent sparked the emergence of being able to memorize scripts, which was noticed by his parents and encouraged by them to expand into other creative ways.

While a high school student, he turned his focus to learning the skills of a culinary arts program, and gained entry and acceptance in the newly Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, in Miami, FL. In 2012, after graduating from high school with honors and experience as a ProStart culinary arts student, he moved to Miami, FL and lived on South Beach with his mother for almost three years. This new environment and lifestyle motivated him to embrace what he was exposed to an inspired by with the hip hop celebrities and club scenes on South Beach. Jalax explained that, ”Creativity is everywhere,” and it shows that the South Beach and Overown community’s have been a special experience to his exposure as a local resident.

As a result, Jalax evolved in mid 2012 as a local independent artist, while being a full time culinary arts management student, plus working part-time, emerged with the support of local rap artist Fresh Aire, who has successfully drop his latest mixtape online October 13th of this year, which falls on Jalax’s birthday, titled “Urban Time Capsule.” Even Fresh Aire has been able to independently make three mixtapes and four music videos for his tracks, and now plans to come out with an album said, “Jalax is an artist who is eager to learn and get better with his craft. He is always striving for the next song to be his best work.” This exposure from local rap artist Fresh Aire lead Jalax to professionalize recordings, and lead him to an opportunity of working with local Miami music composer Bradley Davis stated, “Jalax writes lyrics very well and he has vision and awesome word play.” At the beginning of establishing his sound, he worked with Madd House Productions by KP.

Local Independent rap artist and music composers in Miami’s new music scene has proven that the underground hip hop scene is getting noticed with the help of social media and digital technology options for independent artist creating and keeping a fan base that can be self managed. This is supported by Jalax as he stated, “Live life and don’t let nobody stop your goals.” This affirms his beliefs about being successful in the rap music business and his future goals to make an album, while finishing his mixtapes. As an added value to his music business journey and career, he mentioned his mother gave him Don Passman’s, All You Need to Know About the Music Business book as a Christmas gift. Now he has gained the attention of his barber who is also a local Miami EDM Rap Artist known as, The Profe, noticed Jalax  music style and personally invited him to be apart of his team.

The image of developing artist like Jalax is centered around him building a brand and this is why he says,” Fashion is me, I’m fashion forward.” He believes that he has a unique look, which helps his personalized niched image as a branded hip-hop artist in the local Miami music scene. His style is influenced by artistry and styles of other hip hop artist like Wiz Khalif, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Big Sean  and ASAP  Rocky.

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