Location: Beacon NY
Project Link: SOUTH HILLS EP (Unreleased)Release Date 2/14/2020
JamesEarlWoodz is more than just a rapper he is the whole package from engineering, producing, singer, song writer, manager, videographer, graphic designer he does it all. He is the true definition of DIY Rapper. He is also CEO of his Record Label Beat Taggaz. He is releasing his debut project Valentine’s Day 2020 and it promises to be filled with energetic melodic hooks with silky smooth rap verses. You can find his music everywhere under the name JamesEarlWoodz or Beat Taggaz.
What inspires you to make music?
I picked up music at a young age, probably as early as elementary school when me and my bestfriend who is now also my producer/artist Jonzkid wrote our first rap together in 1st grade. Lately I’ve been inspired by making music that craters to the female audience because that’s the kind of music I enjoy creating. But I also like enjoy writing song to bring energy when I perform so I like to have a nice mix of both.
Tell us about this project?
This is my first project and I’m happy to share it with the world. South Hills is just a run down mall in Poughkeepsie Ny to some people but to me its nostalgic. I wanted the name of the album to come naturally and it did. I was in facebook and saw old pictures of the south Hills mall in its glory days and it took me back to the 90’s as a kid growing up. That feeling those pictures gave me are the same feeling this album gives me so I entitled the Ep South Hills. It is a 5 Track body of work. The first track is called Cut a Check which is produced by DJ Verdict who is part of my group Beat Taggaz. And its about how I’m finally ready and confident in my music to know my worth to where if a Label wanted to sign me I would be profitable. The next track is Guava Producer by Certibeats which has a nice dancehall record which I plan to promote in spring and compares exotic fruits to exotic woman. The next song is a concept song about being Catfished which is produced by DjVerdict and will be sure to bring laughs. The 4th song is another concept song Producer by DJ Verdict about about an over worked woman who needs release using gym metaphors. And the 5th song is about a beautiful woman and it’s called Pumpkin Spice once again Producer none other than by DJ Verdict
Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
My musical inspiration growing up was Jay-Z, Nas, Dmx, Curtis Mayfield, the Eagles, E.L.O, Sisqo, Big L, Fabolous, Papoose, Trey songz, the list goes on but Tory Lanez and Drake differently what I listen to most now.
Are You Working On Any New Projects?
Yes I’m working on several projects and making more visuals. I feel I’m lacking in music videos so this year I want to create more music videos with concepts.
How long have you been creating music?
I’ve been creating music for over 15 years but never took it serious until after my daughter was born and realized I can put money away for her for college by cashing in on my talent.
Do you want to say anything to the people who support your music?
To everyone who supports my music I want to say thank you. I noticed more people are listening and engaging and I love it. It’s the best feeling because I’ve been working hard honing in on my personal sound i created and making sure that the music is meaning and sounds good.
How did you come up with the Rap name JamesEarlWoodz?
It’s an acronym for JEW because I’m a jewish rapper. My original rap name was HoLLo before I rebranded myself. And that rap name has a funny story behind it too. I was always the youngest in the neighborhood and because I was jewish the older kids would call me holocaust. Well instead of letting it bother me I embarrassed it and my nickname became HoLLo you had to have a backbone where I grew up and having 2 older brother solidified that for me.
JamesEarlWoodz just released a new song and video titled,”Cut a Check.” This upbeat, uptempo song is built for the club. Cut A Check is well produced, the beat is fire and the hook is catchy. Overall, this is the kind of song you hear on the radio. This fits in perfect with what you hear today. This is a well put together song with the matching video. I could see this taking off and becoming something that may even be picked up for a movie.