SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA—James “Jimii” Carlisle is pleased to announce the releases of his first major project, an 11-song mixtape titled “Revelations,” his first major project released just in time for the New Year.
“I called it ‘Revelations’ because I’m just telling my truths and talking about the hardships in my life,” explained Jimii. “For me, personally, it’s the best work that I’ve done. It’s all original work—straight from me and my production team.”
So far, his first single off the project, “Got Me Thinking,” is doing well in the world of online media. On Soundcloud.com, the track has been listened to more than 10,000 times. On YouTube, the music video for the song has been watched more than 3,000 times in about a month.
“I’m super proud of it. I can’t even put into words. The feedback I’ve gotten has been tremendous,” stated Jimii.
Inspired by hip hop legends, Biggy Smalls, Tupac, Jay-Z and Naz, Jimii describes his style as versatile, laid back and highly lyrical.
“I don’t want to be boxed or placed in a corner. I like to be diverse. I can hop onto and R&B track or a pop track,” explained Jimii. “I hope when people here my music they can understand what I’m going through and hopefully relate.”
Just before the holidays, Jimii lost his mother to colon cancer. She was diagnosed four years ago and fought to the very end. She was only 52-years-old. For Jimii, the loss was indescribable but fueled his passion for his latest project.
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“I actually started to rap not long after she got diagnosed. She loved what I did. She was my biggest supporter,” stated Jimii. “There was a point, however, like a week before she passed, I was depressed and ready to give it up. However, she told me ‘No, don’t do it. It’s your dream. It’s amazing. No matter what, don’t let nobody stop it.”
Because of those words, Jimii is presently in the studio working on a new single titled “1992” that he plans to dedicate in honor of his mother. It also happens to be the year he was born.
In the next couple of years, Jimmi hopes to be a platinum-selling recording artist with a few Grammies under his belt. To learn more about this rising star, visit him on SoundCloud.com, Coast2CoastMixtapes.com, and Twitter.