Get To Know Justiine: ATL’s Fiercest New Songstress

Women have been on an absolute tear in 2019. The entertainment industry is a direct reflection of this phenomenon. Unfortunately, prior to this year, it seemed as if there was an unwritten rule that only one woman could be successful in music at a time. Artists like Meghan The Stallion, Noname, Rico Nasty, and now Energy 7’s Justiine have worked to end this narrative. On her new EP Project Twenty Two, Justiine, Coca Vango’s newest signee, provides the perfect soundtrack for all young women who are coming into their own during young adulthood. Her passionate stories of pain and triumph show the ATLien in top form. Although the artist is easy on the eyes she takes advantage of her larger than life personality to continue to build her growing fanbase. Our conversation helped me understand that although the music is her career at the moment, her main goal is to become a positive influence and role model for the generations after her.

Read our conversation about Justiine and her new EP Project Twenty Two below.

Ahmad: Tell us who Justiine is?

Justiine: I’m a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Atlanta. I grew up in the theatre community, so I’ve always been drawn to singing, songwriting and performing since a young age. When I was 16, I signed to Energy 7 under my cousin, Coca Vango. I’ve been working under his wing ever since. 

Ahmad: ATL is home to many of the game’s top artist, what is it like creating there?

Justiine: I love Atlanta. It’s so much more laid back and real compared to other cities like LA and Miami. I work from home mostly, so when I record in big studios like LVRN and Tree Sound, it’s always a movie.

Justiine & Coca Vango

Ahmad: Women essentially are running the game right now, who are some of your favorites?

Justiine: Facts, I honestly can’t think of a woman in the industry I don’t fuck with. But I’m really into Solange. I could listen to her all day. Willow [Smith], SZA, Billie [Eilish] all the chill R&B shorties I love.

Ahmad: Who are your inspirations?

I’m inspired by hard work. I try to soak up as much of Coca’s energy as possible, he’s always on the go! Musically, I listen to a lot of indie and ambient sounds. But then I’ll go listen to some Playboi Carti in the car! It’s hard to pinpoint which one I favor.

Ahmad: You seem to be focused on being a positive role model in public also, can you speak more to that?

Justiine: For sure. I don’t think enough entertainers are using their platform to shed light on real-life issues. I can’t help but write music about my day-to-day experiences with relationships, anxiety, stress, etc. It just spills out of me. Some of my most listened to songs are me pouring my heart out about something I just went through. I love that people can relate to those tracks.

Ahmad: If this is someone’s introduction to you, what song would you tell them to listen to first?

Justiine: Succ Me Up for sure. That track embodies who I am in the inside.

Ahmad: Your project, Project Twenty Two, is fire, what are your plans for the rest of 2019?

Justiine: Thank you! My team and I are constantly working on more music, videos, and content for my supporters. We may or may not have a new project in the oven.

Stream Project Twenty Two & stay tuned to her IG @justiine for all the tea!

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