The Break Presents: 1takejay
Some people just stand out, no matter what it is they do. 1takejay, the Compton rapper who's always drawn attention by just being himself, has more than 10 million streams to his name in a short amount of time, thanks to his energy-packed songs like 2017's "To Da Neck," "Arco" in 2018 and this year's "Drip Walking" and "Hello."
1takejay is a logical ascendant in an era of hip-hop that's seeing the return of big, room-filling personalities. He blends West Coast bounce, a strong sense of humor and a taste for fun. His younger days as a talented football player, social media funnyman and fan of the jerk movement are evident, but they all fuse to create a unique talent.
After dropping his project Wait Hol Up in 2018, opening up Mustard's Perfect Ten album and preparing to release his new mixtape, GOAT, on Dec. 4, 1takejay's time is coming. Get to know him in XXL's The Break.
I grew up listening to: "The whole jerkin movement, YG, Cold Flamez. Besides that, prolly like some Lil Wayne, shit like that. I like energy, fun, shit you could dance to."
My style’s been compared to: "A lot of people say YG because of the ratchet style, and then a lot of people compare me and Blueface for the high-pitched voice. It's crazy—his fans and my fans try to make us beef so bad but it ain't even no shit like that. I feel like it's not even a comparison. He got his own lil wave, and I got my own wave. I already been rapping before bro. We was already cool. He was fucking with my shit and I was already fuckin' with his shit. That's prolly the biggest comparison. And in L.A., on the West Coast, you'll never hear somebody say [that]."
My standout records to date have been: "'To Da Neck,' 'Hello,' 'Arco,' 'I Like Bitches,' 'Wallflower.' They all got high energy and they all different though. 'Arco,' that's more like bars, people in the streets. Then you got 'To Da Neck,' that's kinda the same thing. Then I come out with 'Hello,' Then 'I Like Bitches,' that explains itself. 'Wallflower' was an instant hit."
My most slept-on song is: "Even though 'Hello' got millions [of plays], prolly that one. I feel like that got the potential to be like, longevity. It's just catchy. Kids like it, old people like it. When it finally gets to like that one push over the hump, it's gon' really go."
My standout moments to date have been: "I just be going with the flow. A lot of people be like, 'You don't be excited, you don't be surprised?' I feel like everything is just regular. I'm tryna get big-big. Not saying that I don't give a fuck, but nothing really be exciting me. And I feel like that keeps you humble, too, cause you when get happy and shit, people be getting comfortable."
Most people don’t know: "I'm a picky-ass eater, I don't really eat nothing. if you got a kid or a little sister or brother, we got the same diet: chicken strips and fries. I think it's like a mind thing. I just know the shit gon' be nasty. I tried ranch one time; I almost died, felt like the shit took my breath away. Tuna? It don't even look like people supposed to eat that. I never tasted mustard. They say mustard is sour, nobody wants that. I never ate Subway."
I’m going to blow up because: "It's not even because of the music, it's because of the energy and the personality. I for sure could do shit outside of music. I feel like this the biggest thing in a lot of people careers, when you start putting out visuals. I don't even got a lot of visuals out. The 'Hello' video, I was able to show character and shit, like, with the infomercial in the beginning. I did that shit all in one take, just on some goofy shit. Nobody wanna see the typical videos no more, 100 niggas just standing in the street."
I’m going to be the next: "Star. I'm tryna be as big as I could be."
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