ONE-ON-ONE with JAIR DYNAST
Canadian Hip Hop artist Jair Dynast released his new single “AT RISK” earlier this month. “AT RISK” is pulled from the headlines & tackles the failings of societies choices as well as those of the artist. The multi-talented artist is known for making statements with his music. Dynast has earned an Album of the Year nod from RapReviews.com and his single “Can’t Wait” became the theme song for a 13-part Miniseries “Make Some Noise” on CBC.
After the successful release of Dynast’s last single, “Profiling” following the death of George Floyd, the artist, songwriter & producer decided to take “AT RISK” deeper and make it raw & personal. “AT RISK” speaks to the life & death of a young black man who has passed on & the agonizing apology to his mother for not returning home. “AT RISK” speaks to the mistakes and responsibilities of society…. and his own.
ONETEN MAG: Please introduce yourselves to the readers: What’s good ONETEN fam! This is Jair Dynast (Jah-Air Die-Nast), coming at you from the 6ix side. Specifically, Scarborough on the east end of Toronto.
ONETEN MAG: At what age did you guys start writing and making music? I started writing songs and creating beats late in life. I would say around the age of 21 years old.
ONETEN MAG: Who inspired you to make music? The idea to start creating music came from a suggestion by my mom. At the time, I had just returned home from Texas after being on a basketball scholarship. I was devastated because I had just found out that I had to give up my scholarship and playing at that level because I had a heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. If I continued to play it could cause me to collapse and die on the court. At that point, my whole life was basketball. I was depressed struggling to figure out what I was going to do with my life. So, my mom asked “Well can you rap? You’re always listen to that rap music”. I had never rapped before but a friend of mine did, so I reached out to him, we formed a group and my career in music started there.
ONETEN MAG: What Separates you from other artists? I think the musical compositions I use for my songs sets me apart. I compose and produce all the beats I use for my songs and I can create a range of sounds. I am not tied to one sub-genre within Hip Hop.