“Son of a Sinner” is inside the Country Airplay Top 30 and climbs fast, but “Dead Man Walking” hit #1 on rock radio in the morning Mr. Roll set off in The taste of country nights Studio with an extraordinary amount of slip in his slip. Calling the energy of Jelly Roll (real name Jason Deford) infectious would be to devalue the spirit of rock and rap veterans. Those who question his intentions as he makes his first round of identifications with country fans and the media are only showing their own bias. The guitars he pulls along on his new acoustic story are as authentic as anything heard on Country Radio today.
The Nashville native with host Evan Paul recently visited to talk about his friends and plans in his country, how he’s going to maintain his rap status and why country fans are uniquely preparing for him in 2022. He also showed us the meat of the Waffle House that started a decade ago when the restaurant chain sued him. Judicial for using their logo on the cover of a song called “Whiskey, Wade and Waffle House”.
Evan Paul: our end.
candy name: We lit everything.
She has successfully rapping all the way back in Memphis with Three 6 (Three 6 Mafia) and Lil Wyte. Now I did rock music. You do country. How do your die-hard fans feel about crossing musical genres?
I think they love it. I think a lot of them have grown up with me, so a lot of my transition was just coming of age. I also think I’ve never been affected by my actual message – my message is very clear. I’m very honest about what I’m doing. I have a mission statement. When the music started, I came for a reason, I had a reason to want to do it, I had people I wanted to touch and I knew why. I didn’t get away from that. I’ll write a party song every now and then because I personally need to celebrate a little bit my soul in the studio. I party a lot in real life. My goal is to be very facilitative and therapeutic in my message.
“Son of the Sinner” certainly does.
She’s a touching soul, dude. Some things you hear, some things you feel, and that’s one of the things you feel, baby.
Who are you biggest musical influences?
I’m influenced by everything from Three 6 Mafia and UGK to James Taylor, Bob Seger. Some of my favorites…Jim Cross…I love the old outlaw stuff. I love old Willy. I love Waylon’s old records. Huge fan of all things old cash. These are probably the people who really shaped my style and my voice.
Are you going back with three 6 and do anything?
Yes, I spoke to Juicy J that day and DJ Paul. Well, we always talk about working together. I needed some 808s programmed to a new song I’m working on and sent it to DJ Paul. I didn’t even hesitate.
I’ve had a record with Brantley Gilbert coming later this year, and I’m kind of rapping again. I had a Chill DJ in my house who was from here in Nashville doing his ’80s work.
Is there an upcoming collaboration between you and MGK?
I will be in it. I love what he does. I have nothing against what he does. I think it’s great. It’s another great example of someone who is kind of a mixed type and kind of went where they felt.
I think we’re in this space now, dude. I’m sitting here with you the taste of country nights, And let me tell the listeners something they don’t see: He (Evan) is wearing some low-cut diving and an Ice Cube shirt and not the Ice Cube shirt you’re all used to. This is the little Ice Cube. This is the little Ice Cube. He’s right after he cut his curls…and he’s here to give you a taste of the country tonight.
I think we live in this world where – I guess it’s because we grew up in it, right?
Yes, it is different.
It’s cool because all the guys out there in their 30s, 40s, early 50s are like, “I remember an Ice Cube.” Ernst and I, who wrote “Son of a Sinner” with me, this is my man. He is one of my best friends. We used to freestyle swimming in the basement and smoking pot together, you know what I mean. We both come from this root. Mitchell Tenpenny, all those guys, we’re all young enough – you know, Tenpenny can sing every song John Mayer has ever written.
He has a good set of kicks too.
Unbelievable kicks collection dude. It’s crazy. He definitely rivals me, but I still beat him (He laughs).
You mentioned Ernst. What stars from other countries have contacted those wishing to cooperate?
Yeah, I don’t know if they should collaborate yet, but Tyler Hubbard got to the point which I thought was really cool. Luke Combs wished me congratulations on my debut in Opry, which is really cool because I like Luke. I spoke to Jason Aldean. Jimmy Allen. Do you know what’s funny? I did not have friends in the field of music, now I have a lot. I was lucky. Through Ernst, Morgan (Wallen) and Hardy have been friends of mine for two years now. It was really cool… I’m more accepting than I expected.
You are the only man I have ever known who has had a Waffle House. Did you clarify that?
I don’t know if they crushed it, but I eat there. I have to admit, I got skewed. The beef was hard to hold for a long time. I like this (He laughs).
What would you want your country’s audience to know about you if they didn’t know about your rock and rap?
I will always give you real music. It will be for real people who have gone through real things. This isn’t just a flick of a toe—I’m working on shooting country music, baby. I’m coming in the belly. I have an album about to finish. I feel great about it.
I’m from here – this is where I want to be. I’ve always wanted to play country music. This is Nashville for me. I’m all about being a local kid. I am great in relation to local issues. I support efforts within the community. When all is said and done, I want to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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