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
Read our conversation about Justiine and her new EP Project Twenty Two below.
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.
Ahmad: Women essentially are running the game right now, who are some of your favorites?
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
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!