Jon Connor has certainly answered the call of his destiny, now the world has heard what he’s known all along – that he was gonna make an impact.
Dr Dre has answered Jon Connor’s call of destiny and featured him on Compton on two killer tracks – ‘One Shot Kill’ and ‘For The Love Of Money’ and now everyone wants to know more about Jon Connor. Semtex first caught up with Connor way back in 2012 out at SxSW in Austin when the streets started showing some real love to Jon Connor.
How would you describe what you’re trying to achieve right now?
“The feeling it’s nothing but love and positive energy man, if i could explain the feeling of love, positive energy x infinity thats what it feels like right now”
Now you got a lot of people with you, what’s this all about right now?
All of us are from Flint, Michigan we drove 26 hours from Flint, Michigan to come down here to Austin, Texas just to spread our music and to build the awareness of Varsity Music and myself Jon Connor, all of us wanting to spread love, we like to reach out and be able to thank our fans face to face, you know a lot of times we live in this digital era, the internet era where it’s like you’re untouchable. With this it allows me t0 see the people that supporting down low my music, shake their hand and tell them how much we appreciate what they do for us. Because Flint, Michigan is a place that poverty hit real hard, so we appreciate anybody and anything that supports us, like we Flint born and Flint Bred.
Why the name Jon Connor?
I’m a big nerd, at the end of the day I’m not afraid to admit it, I’m a big Terminator fan, I just thought that those movies, James Cameron, it was so well put together, just the significance of each character and Jon Connor’s role of humanity. It was a scene in the third movie when Jon Connor realised that no matter what he did he couldn’t escape his destiny. And when I was watching the third Terminator movie thats how I felt. Like my dad was a musician, my mother was a poet, I feel like it was in my destiny to make music and affect people in a positive way. I felt like in the movie if Jon Connor wasn’t there then the world would’ve been impacted in a negative way. I feel that’s what I am in Hip-Hop, if I’m not here to spread my message and add balance then Hip-Hop might not be the same. So at the end of the day I can’t escape my destiny which is to make positive music and leave the world better then when I found it man.
At the end of the day I can’t escape my destiny
How easy is it to put something together like this?
Its not easy at all, over the years I’ve been doing music for a long time, I’m’ still young but its like I’ve been doing this since I was 11 years old, so its like you constantly go through transitions of different cast members, different people that come along, some people might think that they want this but aren’t willing to sacrifice what they need to sacrifice to achieve the dream. So its like right now what you see is a team that been 10 years in the making.
We don’t know how to do it any other way, like I said we come from Flint, Michigan so its like we look at it like a lot of people do music, we are music, for us music is life or death, its that serious for us. So we will by any means necessary we’re gonna be heard, we’re gonna spread our message and at the end of the day thats what it is.
We got a taster of what was coming from Jon on his Beats 1 freestyle recently – and he’s risen to the challenge.