Many people search for the next, big female artist in a male-dominated genre like rap/hip-hop. In that same breath, numerous female artists have entered and exited the radio waves with little staying power. That’s not to say that there aren’t people out there working hard to be mentioned in long-term discussions. One up-and-coming artist is kicking street poetry and implores listeners from all over to take notice.
Joycelynn Okezie, who goes by JXXIII (J23), is an artist from Atlanta, GA who aims to not be cornered to one skill or sound. JXXIII has been writing for nine years and has since released two projects, Street Poetry: 0612 and indieVISUAL, on Soundcloud.
July 29 brought JXXIII’s third project to the web in the form of Street Poetry Vol. 2. The songwriter wrote the entire work excluding “Tyra’s Interlude” and featured production from Freshtone, HXNS, Sango and more. The project offered its share of collaborations as well featuring Maya Newsome, John Preer, Matt Jay, Carla Paige, VonteOfNewEra, Konspiracy and more. The 12-track collection doesn’t just have a nice name; JXXIII put together a project mixed with singing, rapping and spoken word that has potential to relate to the likes of many. “Real” featuring Palmer Reed serves as a lead single of the new project, located on her Soundcloud page and if you download JXXIII’s project you’ll get five bonus tracks.