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Jacques Johnson (Pronounced: (zhahk) is a native of metro Atlanta. This teen is definitely not a “cookie cutter” artist. He has always been an individual. Upon meeting Jacques, you will see a young man who has the swag of a young LL Cool J and you will notice his very cool demeanor. After holding a conversation with him you will soon see he is an entrepreneur and multi-talented. He became a model at the age of five. He is an athlete who also loves all types of music but rap is his first love. He mastered dancing by watching movies, he learned to play the viola and played in the orchestra, and he is a former member of the Atlanta Boy Choir (like his father). In other words, whatever he puts his mind to he will accomplish it. He has a strong admiration for artist and business men like Lil Wayne, Will Smith, 50 Cent, and Jay Z just to mention a few. He admires them for their entrepreneurial abilities.
Jacques will quickly tell you that when he raps he feels like his words are an expression of something from deep within. He does not rap about things that he has no desire to achieve or wouldn’t want to experience.
Game Tite records signed Jacques and Lyvonte “Mazerati” Byrd of Game Tite was very impressed by his skills and his persona. When he is in the studio the coolness is out the window because an alter ego emerges. Jacques said his first single “Dat Be Me” is about confidence and knowing who you are in life. Jacques Johnson II has established J Squared Entertainment. He wanted to start being in charge of his future early. Jacques is his client but he has contracted dancers, promoters and street teams. You will be hearing more about this young man for a long time to come.
What are you working on right now?
My album. “Jacques Johnson – My World”
Where did the idea for J Squared come from?
I wanted to be make sure my income, advances, expenses etc. were all managed properly, including my career. Since my first and last name begin with “J” and I am the second, J Squared was obvious.
What does your typical day look like?
I am a sophomore in high school, so that comes first. After school, I do homework, work on my music, conference call with the team, chat with fans, exercise and start over again the next day.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I love using metaphors. My lyrics tend to bring my songs to life. I think music videos should show your performing abilities and tell a story.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
I like the fact that I see more genres of music crossing over to each other. I see R&B singers with rappers, country music artists using R&B producers, etc.
What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?
I never had a real job other than helping my family at home. The worst chore is cleaning the bathroom.
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
Not a thing.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Read more. Read about others who have made it in your industry prior to getting started.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Brand yourself or your product asap. I have created a logo to be used on everything.
Tell us a secret.
I’m looking for a girl for my first real date.
What are your three favorite online tools and what do you love about them?
Facebook – I find it interesting to see what people have to say and I can send everyone
Twitter – I get to connect with thousands and express my opinions
Youtube – I can showcase my music and watch other artists everyday people perform
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Bent Not Broken by Toni Campbell. It’s fiction but it talks about young people coming into their own and finding out who they are after college. I recommend this for a younger audience.
What’s on your playlist?
Jay Z, Drake, Wale, Andre 3000
If you weren’t working on music, what would you be doing?
Trying to be the best running back possible.
Three people we should follow on Twitter and why?
@gametitemgt – this company really takes new artists under their wings
@tweenpopradio – this is a unique company that features teen artists
@jacquesmyworld – so everyone can follow me on this road to hip hop success
When was the last time you laughed out loud? What caused it?
Super Bowl. A friend stated Tom Brady should now switch to basketball and they pretended they were him playing.
Who is your hero?
My parents. They worked hard to finish college and become professionals in education, business and law. They also survived the loss of a child after my sister’s death.
How did you come up with the name for your first album?
I decided to name my album “Jacques Johnson – My World” because it has a variety of songs that express my thoughts and the different sides of who I am.
What type girls do you like?
Smart, Cute, has dreams and loves to laugh.
Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.