James Wait “raps” with Jhan Doe
Jhan Doe, a.k.a Meiko Gilliam, is a rapper and musician, I am glad to call him a great friend and a former college buddy.
Right now, he is based out of Colorado. My interview with Jhan is transcribed in its entirety below.
JW: What age did you start playing music?
JD: I started in music at age 13. I hated it. That was the funny thing. Dad put me in a church choir to keep me off the streets.
JW: Who or what are some influences in music?
JD: T-bone, Grits, Gospel Gangstaz, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Michael Jackson, 2Pac were my early influences along with A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, The Fugees, just to name a few.
JW: Can you tell me a little about you? Where did you grow up? What you like doing for fun? When did you get saved?
JD: I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. I played basketball for fun when I wasn’t stealing, but God did great work in my life.
Even unto this day. “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.”
I write poetry and make music now. Those are my fun things. I got saved at age 8 and was really walking probably by 15.
JW: What are some of your favorite verses?
JD: I have a few fav bible verses Matthew 6:34 Hosea 4:6 and Isaiah 40:31.
JW: Are you coming with any new albums or singles? Or doing any touring days?
JD: As soon as I get replanted in a church (just moved to Denver), I will start releasing music again. It’s about the gospel, not the records, or the tours.
Like Sho Baraka said, “Turn Ya Life Up.”
If you want to find more information about his music you can send a message to him on Facebook .
–James Wait, The Underground staff writer