The White Rapper Show: Jon Boy
Jon Boy was eliminated after a weak showing in the final challenge. With his stay on the show over, the Chief Executive Paper Maker embarks on putting the finishing touches on his solo debut, Unsigned Hype. The current owner of the Lucky 7s recording studio and CEO of High Rolla Records is also set to start a regional tour.
HHDX sits down with the recent victim from the (White) Rapper as he talks about life after having to step off, if he really felt that his song/video shouldve won the challenge, and HHDX challenges his decision making from last nights episode.
HHDX: Virginia native, right? Home of the Clipse, Timbaland and Missy Elliot. What part of Virginia are you from and who were your influences growing up?
JB: I live out in the Reedville, Virginia. My influences growing up were definitely Dr. Dre, Pac, B.I.G., Jay-Z and Nas. I lived out in the country, so I could only get my hands on things that were mainstream. We only had two major radio stations out there.
HHDX: But what about your hometown heroes?
JB: I feel like they werent around when I was starting to really check out people. But, I know a lot of people come out from major cities because they have a lot of eyeballs looking at them. When we finally get the same thing in Virginia, then a lot more talent will be discovered thats from here. But everybody in the state is proud of Pharrell and all them who are from here.
HHDX: You pretty much stayed out of the elimination process of the show for most of the episodes. Whereas, Sullee had been involved in almost all of them. You guys had some friction when finally paired up. What was the cause?
JB: It was probably because it was 3 oclock in the morning. But with the show, a lot of what you see is due to the editing. Sullee and I are really good friends. When we were in the top 25 [before the cast was chosen], all we did was smoked trees and get drunk. But when youre doing a show like this, a reality show period, you got to expect people to create drama and make things more than what they were. But, check it, at the end of day, Sullee is a good friend.
HHDX: After you guys went shopping, you tried to impress the crowd with your rhyming skills. The motto usually goes, Theres a time and place for everything. Where you trying to impress the onlookers with your skills?
JB: It was totally me. Heres the thing: We have these cameras following us. It was a rule that we werent allowed to say that we were doing the (White) Rapper Show. I figured that Id show them [the crowd] what I was doing. There was a line in there where someone said that I sucked. [Laughs] But the verse that I spat turn into a song on MySpace and people love it. Im not going to care if people are too scared to clap for me. It doesnt matter to me. Im going to continue to show people that what Im doing is worth checking out.
HHDX: So, yall lost the modeling challenge, Sullee is getting pissed and you guys have to come up with a song and an accompanying video. But both the song and the treatment were heavy clichs in hip-hop. So, what kind of message do you think that you were relaying to other fans (both young and old) of the culture?
JB: I feel that the (White) Rapper Show is a heavy clich in hip-hop. I dont know how I can just win a challenge where the song was broken in the strip club and was rewarded by girls giving me lap dances. To where I do a video and its called typical or clich. Through it all, its the same guy giving us the reward saying that its not a positive look. Werent we just in the strip club? Its just one of those things that no one really looks at, but the whole show is a clich. The show is making fun of a stereotype. Come on now, lets be honest if we did the same video with a better budget, then it would be more accepted. But because it looked low budget, it was trashed. This is how I feel about it, history is bound to repeat itself. When we met Kurtis Blow, he told us about hip-hop history. He was talking about how the people were tired of the Disco era that influenced hip-hop. They wanted something different. Right now, hip-hop is in the state of that same disco era music. People are talking about how much money and flash they got. I think itll evolve into something different, but right now, the culture is big corporate business. Its just one of those things where its a catch-22. Big Business is not going to lose money. So, in the end, its not about the message Im sending in the video, because all Im really going to say is to follow your dreams, God and youll be able to be a success.
HHDX: Do you really think that that type of video and song shouldve won given the challenges youve already done and the people you were introduced to?
JB: I think that our video shouldve definitely won. We were trying to make something that we felt would win. If everyday, you show us that the best videos contain girls and money, and you bring me girls and a whole bunch of money to throw around what am I to do? I wouldnt understand why people would be mad at us for doing something that youre already rewarding. You have to use the props during the challenge. If you dont, then youre not going to win. They put us in a situation and want us to react in a way thats not predictable.
HHDX: Well, after Sullee and you agreed to not snitch when spittin your verses, he eliminated himself and you were told to step off. So, how has been life after the (White) Rapper Show?
JB: Man, life has been good. I was on my grind really hard before. You know what Im about Im about making hits. Im going to parlay that into doing a lot more shows. Im going to be releasing the hottest independent album this year. People twenty, thirty years from now will understand what Im saying. Im putting my heart and soul into this music. Theres no time for half-stepping. Thats my only mission right now. I just did a show in Winchester, Virginia and I have a show coming up in Orlando.
HHDX: Youre embarking on regional tour, also, right? Where are you looking to go to?
JB: It just takes time. Now that Im not on the show, I can do a little bit more to coordinate things.
HHDX: The past few interviews that weve done, your cast members talked about how the show wasnt about finding the next White rapper; that it was about making a mockery. Do you believe that you were made out to be a parody on the show?
JB: No. I think that they put a comedic twist on everything. But heres the thing; they only showed certain characteristics. They only show people certain ways. They showed John Brown being the smart-ass, they showed Sullee always seeming like he was ready to fight. They might have portrayed us in a certain manner, but I could give a shit less. I want to show the world that Im better and that I have the skills needed to be a success in this game.
HHDX: So, you dont think that by appearing on a reality TV show that it wont hinder your progress?
JB: No, Im telling you. Dude rap show no show nothing is going to stop my fans and I from getting to the top. Its all about growing and evolving. Ten years from now people will see what I have been talking about. But on the real, Kev nothing but God can stop me. Nothing not a reality show, not critics, nothing!