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Interview: JustInTime

JustInTime is an emcee hailing from Bonney Street located in Eastern Virginia. The suburban emcee is known for rapping about his life experiences with a multitude of sounds. His humble yet confident nature can be felt outside of his music as he balanced a side career of being a music journalist. JustInTime can be seen performing at local shows between the 757 and the 804 and approaches hip-hop with a welcoming grace. He represents Bonney Street proudly and with the latest release, Bonney Vol II, he raps about the experiences that made him the man that he is today.

JG: You’re a big fan of wrestling. Let’s talk about the current state of sports entertainment. When we were kids, there weren’t many options. Now with the rise of social media, we have WWE, AEW, GZW, NJPW, NWA, and other indie circuits popping up. How do you think the variety of wrestling fans has now affected the younger fans?

JT: Far as sports entertainment I feel like this is the golden age of Wrestling. Granted the 90s is the most iconic time in wrestling, there’s so much wrestling going on right now. It’s such a good thing as a fan because back in the day. To me at least it was taboo to watch anything other than WWE.

I would watch TNA in the early 2000s and people would be like that show sucks. With the rise of AEW, NJPW, etc thanks to social media there’s literally a promotion for everyone. To me, if you’re younger it’s dope to have so many companies to watch. I encourage young people to not only watch WWE but watch NJPW and all these other promotions. You’ll find yourself in love with the product overall.

JG: What would be your dream Pay-Per-View lineup? Name five matches that would be on the lineup.

To start the PPV I would want N.W.O Vs New Day vs the shield in a tag match to see who’s the best trios stable of all time. I would want the New Day to win. I just enjoyed them the most out of the three trio stables.

Next, I would want to see Triple H in his prime versus Bret Hart in his prime. Triple H was young when Bret was a part of WWF it’ll be so cool to see Triple H in the early 2000s fight Bret from the 90s. Idc who wins this, I think the fans win.

Next, give me Mick foley versus Bray Wyatt. I don’t care who wins this fight but I only ask them to bring in their multiple gimmicks into the match that would be crazy to see!

China versus Charlotte Flair. Two of the most dominating woman in our industry going at it. Sounds like a match made in heaven to me. I would deny Charlotte winning!

Lastly, everyone wants to see Roman Reigns versus The Rock! I hope that happens next year fingers are crossed but we need that match to happen ASAP NO ROCKY! I don’t want the tribal chief to win I’m sorry I’m with the bloodline.

JG: Talk about your working relationship with MachineMook. He recently performed at the CNTR grand opening in November and even produced Rim Slasher off your Bonney Vol 2 project.

JT: MachineMook is my brother someone who’s always checking on me. Working with me consistently musically. We went to the same high school Jamestown high school in Williamsburg. We didn’t really talk in high school, yet we were really cool. We dm each a few times after high school he was big into producing and still is. He’s someone who I enjoy working with and just hearing out for inspiration.

He sort of reminds me of Pharrell Williams because has his hand and everything and makes great shit out of that. I was so happy he got a chance to perform. We ended up doing a random cypher that night after his performance. That’s my guy man. I want our relationship to blossom into making some millions. He’s like my Pharrell, to say the least.

JG: Describe your growth from Couch Potato to Bonney Vol 2.

JT: When I made Couch Potato I was so proud of it. For one it was true to me as a person. It was the first time I was on beat with a good flow. It came about me just chilling at the crib not wanting to be bothered. The transition until the Bonney tapes has been a collection of what I’ve been recording over the past couple of years. In fact, since this summer I’ve been recording like every other day. I can’t really explain in words how I’m able to write so much.

I just like making relatable music. I don’t have a lot of money at the moment, or a lot of clothes and jewelry, but I have experience in life. I’ve been outside traveling and learning. It’s cool that it reflects on the music. I’m finally comfortable with my voice, my bars, and my sound. I think people notice that too. I was shy when Couch Potato dropped and now the first thing in conversation I always tell people is my love for music.

JG: You revealed the official Bonney logo on your Instagram. In the caption, you said Bonney goes beyond being the street you grew up on. It represents growth, love, peace, and unity. Talk more about your humble upbringing on Bonney. How did it mold you into the person you became today?

JT: It's somewhere I met my closest friends. It’s also somewhere I found identity within myself. It’s my Gotham and I feel like I’m Batman. It’s not a dangerous area at all, I’m from the suburbs. It just has so many memories to me that I hold on to forever. Whenever I’m feeling down, I think of that place, so just to fully make a logo with the possibility of people rocking it worldwide. It puts a smile on my face.

You know when you don’t have a father's presence, the next thing you look for in comfort is your friends. Like those people who know you know you. I’m just blessed and fortunate from living there and finding the courage to be myself. To be my purest self.

JG: You have past journalistic experiences, especially with theMSQshop. Looking at the music culture from a journalistic perspective, what are some things you think need to be improved on the media side of the culture?

JT: I wish more media companies kinda took more chances being honest versus getting along with everyone.

JG: Who are some indie artists that you would like to shout out?

JT: Jaglory. That’s my brother. Not only he has been a good friend of mine for a decade now. I’ve been working with him on music since I met him in high school. He’s one of the few producers that just send me beats and beli