Jonwayne firmly planted himself on our radar back in April 2011 with the release of his full-length debut, Bowser, a trippy homage of sorts to the larger-than-life Super Mario Bros. boss of the same name. Since then, the 21-year-old Los Angeles artist has made some moves in his native city’s scene and beyond. He’s dropped more than enough free projects to keep his fans happy, collaborated with the likes of Scoop DeVille and Dam-Funk, and even landed a feature on the seriously slept-on Quakers project led by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow.
That’s not all, of course. Jonwayne’s biggest move to date arrived in early 2012, when he signed with L.A. indie powerhouse Stones Throw to release his debut rap album. He also re-released Oodles of Doodles, which landed on our roundup of last year’s best album art, and maintained one of the more prolific and intriguing Soundcloud profiles. As if that wasn’t enough, he put out a cassette tape featuring Jeremiah Jae and flipped the hell out of some Disney movie samples.
All the while, Jonwayne’s focus remained on his aforementioned rap debut. He recently previewed a massive track off the project during an episode of Nocando and Jeff Weiss’ Shots Fired podcast. And over the past few weeks, Jonwayne and I talked via e-mail about the album, his beginnings as an artist, what it’s like to both rap and produce, and much more.