By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information
Before rap music took the world by storm, the crooners of Soul music and R&B were at the top of the Black entertainment food chain; people like Donny Hathaway, David Ruffin, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye were revered for their golden vocal chords. As Soul turned into R&B and pop, you had Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, Luther Vandross, Tony, Toni, Tone, Ralph Tresvant, and Bobby Brown who were the upper echelon of the era. Then R&B dipped into the Hip Hop sauce, and groups like BBD, R.Kelly, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and Jodeci came to the throne. While that was cooking, the G Funk production of Warren G, Dazz, Soopafly, introduced us to the late legend Nate Dogg, who opened a new door as a gangsta rap-Hip Hop crooner.
As the world turns, 25 years later, we have Hip Hop crooner Jay Luck, picking up this legacy, creating his own musical recipe, and rockin’ the streets of northern California with the new single “Hot 1 Remix”, featuring Oakland Hip Hop legend Mistah F.A.B.. It is a good look for Oakland, for a singer to come through the cracks of the 50 thousand rappers a year, that the Town produces. Checkout Jay Luck as he talks about his single and his life in music.
JR Valrey: You have the most slapping Bay Area R&B song with Mistah F.A.B out right now? What’s the story behind how that song came to be melody-wise, production-wise, lyrically, and why was F.A.B. the right artists for you to feature on that song?
Jay Luck: Aye JR I appreciate that compliment. This song has been doing well since its inception. I’m grateful. I literally prayed for this song. I came up with the name of the song, actually praying for a hot song. I was like “ God… I need a hot 1” and the light bulb came on.” I found a dope producer in Dystinkt Beats. We have worked on a few tracks to-date, so be on the lookout for those. Once I came up with the name and theme of the song, it just flowed naturally, and that’s how I knew it was special. I’ve been a fan of Mistah Fab since he came on the scene. I used to go by Mistah Talent lol, and some of my closest friends still call me that. Being from the Bay Area and a chief cornerstone of the hyphy movement, I knew Fab would bless me with something amazing! The name of the song is “Hot 1 Remix”.
JR Valrey: In a world of rappers, what and who gave you the courage to be a R&B singer?
Jay Luck: My background is that I grew up singing in church, with my grandmother and mom. It’s just in me to do.
JR Valrey: Who are some of the great artists that have inspired your style?
Jay Luck: As taboo as it may be R Kelly is one of the main influences for my style. I love gospel! So Daryl Coley would be another. D Angelo, Usher, Dave Hollister and Baby Face! I could keep going.
JR Valrey: How would you describe your sound? What R&B lane are you in?
Jay Luck: It’s truly in a class, all it’s own. I believe my tone is different from any other artist. I may remind people of some artist because of the influence they may have had, however I’ve created my own lane! You know, we from the bay bruh, we do thangs a bit different…
JR Valrey: In music how important is image versus raw talent? I think you are talented without question, how would you describe your image?
Jay Luck: I believe my brand represents love, fun, humility and self expression. I come from a God fearing background ,and I believe that with love we can truly conquer all.
JR Valrey: Are you working on a album like old school artist or do you just drop songs like new school artists? Why?
Jay Luck: I have been working on an album for some time. So I’ve been dropping singles. I believe dropping singles will help build the fan base needed to be successful, when I release an album.
JR Valrey: How would you describe the R&B scene in the Bay? Where a few of the good places to go to regularly hear live music?
Jay Luck: Before I began this musical journey pre Covid, I wasn’t aware of how much talent there was in the Bay Area! Lately I’ve been putting on events dubbed “Treat Yourself Experience” where we host up to 20 artist in a showcase setting. Artist are able to be themselves without judgement and express whatever the self may need. I also love to go to The Compound’s Small Stage Sesh, in Oakland. Dope artists and the atmosphere and ambiance are unmatched. Sj Major Moves also puts on a lot of events, for up and coming artist out in San Jose.
JR Valrey: What is your opinion on the vaccine mandate and how it is affecting artists in the Bay?
Jay Luck: Well, I personally don’t believe someone should be able to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body. So I do not agree and will not be taking it. It has affected my performances. I had a paid show, and because I wasn’t vaccinated I had to turn it down. I’m sure it is affecting the ticket sales of major artists.
JR Valrey: I know you perform regularly at the Compound, what is it about that spot that you like most, considering that it is shutting down in December?
Jay Luck: This is news to me. And that sucks horribly. I love the fact that since I’ve been going, I feel as if I’m apart of a musical family. As I said before, I grew up in church singing to live music and somewhere along the lines of life I went away from it. The live band aspect is so amazing!
JR Valrey: How do people stay online with you and your movement?
Jay Luck: You can follow me on all platforms @iamjayluck and sign up for my email list via www. iamladyluck.com.Thanks