What made me start making music was a talent show I had to do for a church that I was going to when I was sixteen. What made me continue to stay doing music from that point was my love that I had for God and to continue to teach his word through the challenges that I face and to encourage others with the gift that God blessed me with.
My music ranges from praising God and having a good time to man life is tough and I need a helping hand. My subject matter hasn't changed much from when I first started until today, but what has changed is how much of myself I put into it. What I mean by that is how much I open up my heart and soul and actually put into the words that go into my verses. I put a lot of my emotions into it rather than holding back and saying I'm only going to go so far and I'm a cut things off at this point. What I have started to see from those who do listen to my music now first being that the word is always in it. Second that they can relate to it on another level I couldn't do when I was younger. Most of the time people are telling me that they could feel my soul and it related to something that they had went through, and thats what I appreciate. That not only could they see I am doing this music for God but that they can also see I am just a person going through life praising God just like them. Growing from my past to be the man of God that I am today.
The artist I would like to collaborate with would be any body to be honest. My craft has many different ranges and many different styles I can adapt to at anytime. If I had to choose I would choose Tonex', Lecrae, Chamillionaire,Trip Lee, Francesca Basttistelli, Brandon Heath, Toby Mac, Lupe Fiasco and last even though he passed away it would have been nice to work with Tupac Shakur. A lot of these artist I would like to work with I choose not because they are great artist but it would be nice to sit and hear about what they went through as person and becoming an artist. A lot of them had stories and I found a lot of them interesting and how they came out of things is what I found awesome. In ways they inspired me not only musically but also in life.
The biggest challenge as an artist I have found is to stay yourself when it comes to your music. So many people want you to do this or do that and to go here and work on this kind of track or do this type of video. Its been rough for me because I take advice from everyone I have in my circle but sometimes its hard to follow that advice if you know your goals are to do this or to do that. For example when I decided to change my name to Gospel Hustla you won't believe how many people told me that it will never work and then they just stopped working with me. Because to them it would bring "a negative" image to them or to gospel rap. I was shocked I will admit but God told me to keep moving some will come and some will go but what don't kill you will make you stronger. As you can see as an artist I found it hard because a lot of people who left me were close to me family and friends but I knew what I wanted and where I wanted my music to go. Its still a challenge some days when putting tracks together or coming up with ideas or finding other artist to work but its ok. I feel I overcome the challenge just by not letting it get me down. I fight to stay positive and to look at the bright side because when one door closes another one opens.
What I hope to accomplish with my music is what I am accomplishing to this day and thats just encouraging people to be themselves and to share their gift with the world. It could be doing sports, being a doctor, being a teacher, or being a taxi driver. Hey I am not trying to be funny but I am being honest whatever it is that is your gift do it to your best. Not only do it to your best but do it for God. He is the one that supplies us with everything we need so be happy for what you have and make the best out of it because life is to short to wonder what we could have. When we focus on what we do have and make the best of it while putting our best foot forward life is so much better. For those who think I am all about Christ yes I am but I am not forcing what I do on you if you accept hey that is awesome if not its cool with me and I respect that. Free will was given to us all so you do what you will. I envision this happening just by being myself and giving my all in my tracks, or in interview or when you see me in person. I feel that if a person sees me do that then they will do the same in return.
God, Tupac Shakur, Chamillionaire, Lupe Fiasco
Newest mixtape that goes back to my roots from when I started making music. I tells the a story of what I went through when I first decided to write. From what started in the church I took to the street nothing came easy and nothing was given. I had to trust in God for myself and learn how to make it through situations by relying on his word and using my own faith when the storms came. Enjoy this mixtape I hope you all like it and gets everyone prepared for the next project I have with my boy Ace under way. Be blessed..
Jon Cleland & Gospel Hustla
Songs Produced by Jon Cleland, Gospel Hustla, Vic DaMone, This Will Destroy You, The MVP Justin Hernadez & Scoop DeVille
Songs Mixed by Jon Cleland & Gospel Hustla
Album Mastered by Jon Cleland
Album Mixed by Jon Cleland
Album Cover by Paul Lucas (A.K.A. Punc Ice)
Featured Artists Jon Cleland, Gospel Hustla, Mr Whosoever, Ovadia, Josh G Massey, M.P.H. Jims & Atmos
Released under Basement Disciples
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