We had the good fortune of connecting with J RieLa and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi J RieLa, how do you think about risk?
I’m a firm believer in the quote “without risk there’s no reward.” More importantly I’ve learned that when you truly believe in what you’re doing there isn’t really a risk it’s just a beautiful struggle.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would say what sets me apart is my charismatic approach to delivering lyrics to a beat. I tend to change my voice based on how I’m feeling when I hear the beat.

I’m excited about my new EP “No Hooks & Different Me’s.” I’ve been working on this project for a little over a year and I’m excited for the world to hear it, I also approached this project differently than anything else I’ve done. The title should hint at what that is.

I got to where I am professionally by God, investing in myself and paying attention, being a student in not only the game but a student in life. Nothing worth having is easy to obtain but not everything has to be hard either, I’m still learning that. You overcome things when you start to understand yourself more.

Lessons I’ve learned is not burning bridges because you just never know. You have to believe in yourself before anyone else does. Networking can get you further faster. Success can feel so far away when it’s right around the corner.
You only fail if you quit.

I was born in Long Beach raised in the I.E. and I call myself J RieLa the Gorilla because the gorilla is strong and powerful yet gentle and loving, I think that describes me. I’m here to spread love, truth and speak up for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t speak up for themselves.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well we would definitely have to hit the beach, Laguna or Santa Monica Pier, get some bomb food off The GoRieLa GruB Truck. Catch a Laker game, which I’ve never been to one myself. Get a massage at Massage Envy. Stop at the Fox Hill Mall to do a little shopping. Go on a hike in Mt. Baldy and smoke a fat spliff at the top. Take them to a Music Festival and or to a Trap Poetry Show. I always cook for my peoples so at some point I would be whipping up in the kitchen for my friend fasho.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, shoutout to my Mom and Dad. Watching my Dad I learned how to hustle and cook on that grill! Because of my Mom I learned how to keep hustling and persevere through all adversities and she definitely taught me how to cook. My Mom actually used to own a restaurant so you can say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Also shout to my brothers/bandmates TonightOurNameIs better known as T.O.N.I. They’ve helped shape who I am as an artist today. Last but not least shoutout to my brother aka my favorite rapper Jackson II, he has mentored me through a lot, from music and just life in general and I am forever grateful for him.

Website: https://jriela.bandzoogle.com/

Instagram: @jrielaofficial

Twitter: @jrielamusic

Facebook: Facebook.com/jrielamusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJtWEYYUiXfnU7lHZ_u3_Jg

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