Meet: Assata Jones
Who's to blame when they're lying here in the murder city?
Catch her on: Her singles, "Blame Game," "Dance on Me" and "I Can Love you Better," her project dropping later this summer and the Rockie Fresh single "Kush Do" featuring Wiz Khalifa
Her Hood: Southside
She may be just getting started, but Assata Jones is well on her way. The 20-year-old who refers to herself as an "old soul" opened up for Brandy in her first performance and has worked with Wiz Khalifa and Rockie Fresh while lending much of her time to her first project due this summer. One of very few singers coming out of the Chi, Assata is proving herself to be a force to be reckoned with. And she only plans to keep on rising. She hopes to one day be a Grammy-winning performer, model and actress who, "uses her abundance and creativity to develop a foundation for youth."
I told her in my heart is where she'll always be:
"Chicago is not the easiest city to be raised in. You come out the womb immediately having to have tough skin. I wouldn't want to be from anywhere else. Despite how much Chicagoans have a hard time supporting one another, the love is genuine deep down inside. If you travel anywhere outside of Chicago and find someone from the GO, you gravitate and stick together. That's love."
Knew they were gang-affiliated, got on TV and told on 'em:
"In some parts of Chicago, killing and posing with guns all over social networks have become popular and put on a pedestal. Everyone wants to strive to be a savage, which is completely barbaric to me. I've experienced it firsthand when I was a senior in high school at Kenwood Academy. I was picked up from school by a friend and our car was purposely blocked in and shot up. I was able to walk away from the situation, but I never was able to leave the memory at the crime scene. I tattooed a vintage revolver on the inside of my left hand. It stands for a reminder, self empowerment and a reason to keep pushing, because I would not be responding to these questions had it have gone differently. We will never be able to control each individual with the way they handle violence. All we can do is put more effort into anti violence movements. If more artists promoted anti violence within the music, maybe that could help with our young ones."
If you don't know by now, she talkin' 'bout Chitown:
"Chicago hasn't had this shine since Blues. I just want my city to be represented well. It's never fun to be out of town and when you say that you're from Chicago, people look at you as if you're living in a war zone and then on comes the questions! It's Chicago's time to win, but we're losing so many lives along the way."