We had a great time with Jus Josef (from the Valley) Interview on the brink of his new release “Valley Joe.”
Jus Josef is a Christian hip hop artist that inspires us to keep doing what we do. Not just because of his musical abilities and talent, but because of his humility, character, principles and desires to chase God in all he does.
This man has reached out to us and helped us by writing devotionals, shoutouts in songs, shoutouts on Instagram, Twitter, and what has humbled me through the process of us becoming friends is his heart along with the personal prayers he has offered for my family and I.
We at the Bookkeeper247 just want to say, “THANK YOU Jus Josef and pray the Lord keeps blessing you through your ministry so you can continue to bless others!”
Enjoy “Jus Josef (from the Valley)” Interview:
Where are you from?
Los Angeles, CA
Describe your upbringing?
We grew up pretty poor. My mom had me at 14, so there were plenty of challenges we faced.
How did you come to Christ, (your salvation story)?
Well, I always believed in a God, but it wasn’t until 2007 that He revealed himself to me as Jesus.
I was facing life in prison in 2004, and I cried out to God. He delivered me from the situation, and I vowed to serve Him. But it wasn’t until 2007, that He revealed Himself to me as Jesus. I got baptized and received the Holy Ghost right after. I’ve been rocking with Him since.
What was your first introduction to music?
Man, probably Zapp & Roger, Parliament, that kind of stuff. My mom and aunties used to listen to all that. Being from LA, lots of oldies too. Smokey Robinson, that kind of stuff.
How did u get into CHH?
Well, I’ve always been into hip hop. Now that I’m Christian, it just happens that I make Christian Hip Hop.
How do you feel about Chh as a whole?
I mean there’s some great music that glorifies God and shares Jesus, but at the same time it is sonically relevant. I’m good with it. Anytime you are pointing people to God, that’s a plus.
What are some of the negatives?
I think suspicion. I met a pretty famous CHH artist and I could tell he was wary.
When did you know you were called to change lives for God in your music?
2013. I was going to stop making music. I started to get a little older, and I was just feeling burnt out. I felt God asking me why I made music. I said because I love it. He said, if you love it, you can do it forever.
Tell us about the new album/EP? Upcoming Project?
Valley Joe is a 10 song project that I mixed and mastered, but did not write. I’m pretty proud of that fact. I was receiving some criticism, in a good way, telling me some of my songs felt rehearsed or flat. I decided to trust God and just went off inspiration.
Tell us about the single?
The single “Everybody Eats” is a fun uptempo song that assures us that God will provide.
What do you hope people will get out of your music and upcoming projects?
Who are u listening to that we should be listening too?
I listen to a lot of Gospel music, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin. I feel like that is kind of missing. We need to stay plugged into a worship atmosphere.
Who influenced you the most in music?
The Bay Area
Who influenced you the most in life?
Who would you like to work within the future?
Favorite Bars On Project?
“I’m the reason Colin Kaepernick took that knee…”
– WHATS IT GONNA TAKE feat. Karina Lopez
Favorite Song on Project?
Right now, probably “Run Now”.
I hear a lot on “Mama” is there anything you want to share that you couldn’t fit into the song?
Yeah, now that I think about it.
My mom and I don’t have the best relationship. The questions I asked are pretty much things I wished she would have told me. However, having me at 14, she was growing up at the same time. But I just want her to know I love her.
How much have you grown on this project, talent-wise?
A ton. I really am shaping my engineering style and work flow.
How much have you grown on this project, Spiritually?
Same answer. Just learning how to worship God while doing Hip Hop can be challenging. I think KB does a great job.
What would your advice be to an inmate on his or her return back into society?
Trust in the Lord.
Does it get easier the longer you stay off the block not to go back? Is it hard to go back to and testify because of the temptations of fast money?
It’s not the temptations. Once your delivered, in my opinion, your delivered. I think it’s more of the reception. Or the attitude like these cats don’t wanna hear this.
When I first got out, I was pretty standoffish to my old crew, even to the point of telling them to get away from me. Really that was the flesh, and I was upset cuz no one wrote or visited. Now I understand God sent me home to give them the Good News!
One of the biggest topics in the music business now is streaming, how does that affect you as an artist/owner?
Not too much. I’m hooked up with a good distributor that makes sure I get all my money. I think it’s better now, because you have the opportunity to reach more people quicker.
How hard is it to separate Ministry from business and both from family time?
I look at ministry as business, so there’s no challenge there. I joke sometimes that I am going to start a “for profit” church.?
But the family time can be a little tricky, I’m grateful for an understanding wife who lets me sit in the studio for hours uninterrupted or travels to go shows. But family definitely comes first, they are our first ministry.
Politics play a big role in our society as well as our hip-hop community. How do you deal with the negatives and positives of politics?
I stay away from that junk. Primarily because the earth is not it for us. This place ain’t gonna get no better.
What is your best advice for this generation?
Love God with all your heart and your neighbor like yourself.
What’s the best advice you can give an independent artist or label to be successful in the CHH general?
Where can we find your music?
What’s next for you ( tour dates, new releases, etc)
More music… lots of Collabs, my boy TC has a song coming up next called “Cashed Out” I snapped on that literally LOL
How can you be contacted for booking and collaboration?
On your longest day and hardest battle, what scripture do you find strength in?
As long as I crack that Bible open, there’s gonna be something good on there… and that’s what I do… just pop it open and start reading! – Peace Jus
About Jus Josef
Jus Josef is an independent Christian Hip Hop (CHH) artist from the Pacific Northwest, originally from Los Angeles, CA, he has lived in both Oregon and Washington state.
Josef brings a passionate and raw sound that is a gritty testimonial to the CHH culture. His music reflects the street life but points the discussion towards salvation. He has been rapping since he was a kid, finding himself battling other rappers at local parties.
When he turned 18, Josef began working on making music professionally as a way to escape poverty and depending on drug money as an income stream. His 2018 release, ‘Keys to the Kingdom’, is a message that Josef said: “was inside of me for a long time.” “I want to reach those who come from the streets that may be struggling with their walk. Also, I want to attract the lost and share the gospel with them.”