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Meet Jeff Stones of Rather Be Distant in North Miami Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Stones.

Jeff, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 2012, I dabbled a little bit into the music wasn’t sure if I wanted to take this serious until my best friend Ballatoine sat me down and told me he believes in me and thinks I should proceed. With the help from him and Dj pcm305 who pushed me through the process of recording music and writing records. I released my first solo mixtape in 2014 titled “Long Story Short, however, in 2014, I suffered an illness that kept me in the hospital for a week and made questioned a lot of things in life. I came back into the music in 2015, after the time off, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. It’s been a journey full of ups and downs in my life that could’ve stopped me completely but with the support from so many kept me pursuing what I love.

Has it been a smooth road?
Working towards success is never a smooth road to glory. My illness in 2014 compromised my health and a greater risk to my life, but a year before that in 2013, I lost my job. Which was a huge dent in my financial status. I was unable to afford studio time or whatever I needed to put towards my career. In 2016, I bounced back with a job and a smash single titled “Wave” produced by Element Jetson, thinking this would be a career boost for me but unfortunately it wasn’t. The struggles I’ve been through I embrace so much because things are not easy as people seem. Getting funds for recording studios, photo shoots, video shoots, promotions, or whatever is needed is not a piggy bank you can break and scramble all the coins together. Investments play a huge role in the industry and it can become drowning into your self conscious to feel as if you should just give up.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Well, I’m a music artist. I can tap into any genre but hip hop is home. My first studio album “Set in Stones” open the ears of many which also help gain recognition towards me. “Rather Be Distant” which is out now on all platforms, honestly say, I’m proud of myself with this body of work. For me, to verbally open about my self-issues was huge for me. I’m not even open to the close ones around me but something about a studio with a microphone helps me heal, helps vent all my feelings like it’s my personal therapy. Some may say I’m an emotional artist or self-issue rapper and you know what? That’s ok, I’m cool with that. If that’s what set me aside from the other artist that I can put a depression song on a trap beat, let me be great.

What do you love about our city and what do you dislike?
Weather is always dope. But I dislike traffic. Makes me cringe.

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Wolsey Phanor, Kevin Rodriguez, Colbert Frederick

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