Sensei J is the professional name of Indiana-based aspiring Hip-hop artist, Jason Arvin. The rapper made his debut recently with the single “Streetz Anthem” and followed up with the five song EP, “The Dojo.” That record, released on January 22, 2021 showcases the artist’s clever mix of classic Hip-hop posturing and Trap grooves with just a touch of comedy.
The record opens with a Bonnie & Clyde style tale of Jason and his lady robbing a Waffle House. From there, the track “Highway Robbery” runs through a number of scenarios in which Sensei J gets down to the business of doing some crimes. The song sets the tone for this gangsta-rap Drill fantasy. “Streetz Anthem” kicks it up a notch with a big, cinematic backing track set to a low and slow Trap groove. Meanwhile Jason alternates between some clever disses of other rappers and riffing on the song’s theme, “First you get the money, then you get the power.”
“Mr Myagi” follows as the emcee has some fun mixing Karate Kid references with stories from the street over a bouncing 808 beat and a simple piano arpeggio. “It Takes Cash” is an ode to the green over a slow and slightly darker beat. The record ends on “DUBS,” which is set to a goofy lounge Jazz track and a hard Trap beat. It’s a fun and funky dedication to the win.
Check out “The Dojo,” below. You can also hear the track “Streetz Anthem” on the Deep Indie Beat playlist. We had the opportunity to chat with Sensei J about the new record and his plans for the future. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below the video. And follow the links at the end of the article to connect with the artist. Get in the loop on all of his current and future projects.
8 Questions With Sensei J
The Static Dive: Where are you from?
Jason Arvin: Evansville, IN – proudly born and raised
SD: How long have you been making music?
JA: I’ve been making music since age 12 really. It started out with the guitar and around age 15 I bought my first microphone – that being a Blue Yeti USB Microphone lol (which I still have)
SD: Who are the musicians involved in your project?
JA: Producers are as follows: Nujiku, Kootin, OVRCZ, Kootin
One artist feature: Dawsin
Engineer: Ra Vzn (Bailey Yeakel)
SD: Who are your biggest musical influences?
JA: I was HEAVILY influenced by Metal/Deathcore (Slipknot, Suicide Silence, etc) and Trap/Drill music (Chief Keef, Young Dolph, Lil Wayne, Waka flocka, etc)
SD: What is your greatest non-musical influence?
JA: I would have to say my family, specifically my wife and my brothers. They all motivate me with their personal achievements to achieve greatness myself. They are my biggest support system and are honestly the only reason I’m still here today. Also, Anime – I LOVE DBZ, Naruto, and My Hero Academia to name a few
SD: What inspired you to create this project?
JA: I had just finished my Mixtape “The Beginning of the End” and felt that I needed an official “Studio” debut project. My mixtape was made in my basement with myself as engineer and low budget production. With a larger budget, I was able to find a local studio and make a variety of sounds – all surrounding the “trap” and “drill” genre.
SD: What are your plans for the future (musically)?
JA: Musically I have a lot going on. I’m really trying to push my EP currently, but I have a library of songs ready to release. Expect another album (maybe 2) to come in 2021
SD: Is there anything else you would like to say
JA: I really just want to thank my fans. I started making music to enjoy for just myself and something to call mine, but now others are sharing their love for my music as well and it truly motivates me to create more. I want to make songs everyone can enjoy, not just the “trap/drill” genre.