Koboe To The World: Jay-Way
By: Dyllan Ahinful; Images By: Jay-Way
“I want people to relate and if they don’t, introduce them to a different worldview”.
The Koboe To The World Serie displays the creative minds that inhabit this beautiful world.
Meet Jeffrey Kesse, an Amsterdam based artist and Koboe (@jayway020).
Who are you?
Jay-Way, an independent rap artist from the South-Eastern part of Amsterdam
a.k.a the uncoolest rapper alive.
How does your background/roots influence you creative output?
My music/topics are a hybrid of my Ghanian roots, my upbringing,
the music I used to listen to in High school, and what I used to watch on TV.
What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
I have a huge imagination. I fantasize a lot. I like trying out things
that may not make sense to many. I always did what wasn’t idealistic.
Rapping in English in a Dutch dominating scene. I’m not making
the style of music everyone is putting out these days.
What is the best part about creating art?
Making people feel a certain way. whether it’s happy, encouraged
or understood. I want people to relate and if they don’t,
introduce them to a different worldview.
What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Not comparing yourself to other artists. It can fuel you, but also consume you.
I haven’t been comparing myself lately and that feeling has been very relieving.
What artists influence you work most?
Michael Jackson, N.E.R.D, Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne.
How do you see the future of your work/category of art?
I can see myself slowly drifting away from the ‘rapper’ label.
I can see myself singing more in the future.
Picture By: Els Danquah