Daddy J and I caught up with Jully Black and her producer on the red carpet at the 2011 Stylus Awards.
Here is a transcript of our interview.
Chase: “Jully Black! Chase March and Daddy J from DOPEfm.“
Jully: “Nice to meet you. I’m here with my producer, Young Pete Alexander.”
Chase: “Nice to meet you! We’ve been fans of you, Jully, since back in the day when we first heard you singing the hooks for all of the hip-hop groups in Toronto, like Choclair and all those dudes.”
Chase: “We’ve seen you progress all through the years. So, how does it feel to be at the awards today?”
Jully: “It’s an awesome feeling. It’s nice to know that hip-hop is being celebrated in Canada. It is a genre that is pretty new to this country, even though we’ve been doing it for about ten – fifteen years. It’s just nice to come together. It’s nice to bring my boy from Atlanta. (to Young Pete) How do you feel about hip-hop in Canada?”
Young Pete: “It’s definitely progressing. You got Drake, definitely opening up a lot of doors. He’s got a great production team, which I’ve never met, but I’ve been hearing about Boi 1da, T-minus, and people who are the new generation in Canada coming up. It seems like it’s the perfect season for what is going on in Toronto. It’s really progressing.”
Chase: “You have a great video for ‘Seven Day Fool.’”
Jully: “Thank you.”
Chase: “My girlfriend really loves that song. She’s a feminist and is really into strong female role models. She’s impressed with what you do. I think she’d want me to ask you this, ‘How important is it for you represent femininity and be a strong woman role-model?’”
Jully: “I think it’s very important to embrace your womanhood and your femininity. Just because you are into female empowerment doesn’t mean that you are in opposition of men. I think that a strong woman needs to be able to support a strong man as well. So, there’s a balance. It’s important to have your self-esteem in check. I think that is the core of femininity.”
Chase: “It’s hard to know exactly what you are saying in that song because it sounds like you are saying ‘this’ and then it sounds like you are saying ‘that.’ But I think you just answered that question right there.”
Jully: “You gotta go back and ask Etta James. That song originally came out way back in 1961. It might have meant something different back then.”
Chase: “Yeah, maybe. But your take on it was really nice. It’s great to see you still doing your thing and making such good music all the time.”