US-based artist Jamari Smith better known as “Maribased1” is the next generation of Seattle music stars. Born and raised in West Seattle, he went to Chief Seattle High school and graduated from South Seattle community college majoring in culinary arts.
Maribased1 is an award-winning independent rapper, songwriter, and producer. He is of the opinion that Seattle music is authentic, that it is a movement and not a game.
Jamari has made groundbreaking achievements within the Seattle music scene. His current project “Talk Talk Talk” where he teamed up with one of the hottest artists out of Nigeria, Yung6ix, just hit over 1 million plays on AudioMack. The video has also garnered steady airplay on BET Jams, Soundcity, and MTVBase as well as on national & international radio stations.
Our associate editor Toks Asher Young recently had a conversation with him about his career achievements in the past months and his plans going forward.
My name is Jamari Smith, friends and family call me “Mari”, which is a short version of Jamari, but most people know me by my alias “Maribased1”.
It feels good that I am able to lead and represent Seattle as a whole and show the world that Seattle music is real & it’s not a game, it’s a movement!
The secret is to just listen and learn. To pay attention and soak up all the game, and assimilate as much knowledge as possible. And then apply all the pressure and execute!
No, I haven’t, Yung6ix is the first Nigerian artist I ever worked with musically. That collaboration came about from my video directer ‘The VideoDopeDealer’. He hooked me up with Yung6ix. We put the play in motion and the rest was history.
My creation process for songs comes naturally. Depending on the style of music or beat is usually how I direct my sound and style. Yes, I have helped co-write for a few artists.
An artist that I look up to and hope to collaborate with someday is E-40. I admire and respect his grind, especially coming up and hustling as an independent artist, plus all his various adventures. I also like how he stays relevant and adapts to the times and the next generation.
I love it! I love how Afrobeats has its own unique sound combined with the flair of the culture & the next generation wave of music. It also influenced my collaboration with Yung6ix.
I’d like to work with WizKid, Burna Boy, Davido, and anybody else that’s ready to work. I just want to make good music and build connections.
Honestly, I don’t really face any challenges on a daily. But if I do come across any challenges music related sometimes it’s when I have writer’s block in the studio. That’s the most frustrating at times because you want the recording to go a certain way but because of the block, you have to do a couple of takes and retakes until you get it right.
I feel extremely blessed and I thank everybody who streamed the record and who supports the record as well. Shout out to all the DJs from Africa to the United States who spin my record. And Shout out to all my fans and supporters, I love y’all!
I am most thankful for my parents, my brother, sister, and grandparents because they molded me to be the best!
I am thankful for my video ‘Talk Talk Talk‘ airing on MTV and BETjams. And being played on all the major radio stations from west Africa to the United States.
I am thankful for the dopest team I have around me. Shout out to y’all!
We keep our relationship friction-free by just listening and communicating for the most part. Business is business. Plus at the end of the day I know my pops is never going to make me stray in the wrong direction, he’s always going to put me on the right path to be successful.
But the best advice I can give anybody being managed by a family member is to listen at the end of the day, even if you don’t want to. Just soak up the pieces of advice and the lessons and use them to your advantage, especially if it’s valid.
Honestly at this point in my career that stuff is normal to me. I am just focused on my music right now. So I wake up and go to sleep peacefully every day.
My musical influence is my pops, he’s been doing music before I was even born. So I have been privileged to have been around music all my life. And back in college, I was doing music on the side but once I graduated I decided to do music full-time and started dedicating my life to it.
Artists like Lil Wayne, E-40, Soulja Boy, Lil B, and T Pain influenced me sound-wise in my career.
In the next 5 years, I see myself on top of the rap game, especially where I come from. With Gold or Platinum records, and living my best life.
The best advice I can give other rising acts is to never give up, never be a follower, lead by example, and just do yourself.
I just released my new song called ‘Seattle Got That Fire‘ for the Seattle Seahawks and the 12s. You can find that on my YouTube channel (BJ&J Entertainment)
My new album called ‘48 Ouncez‘ will be released in early 2023 with my smash hit ‘Talk Talk Talk’ featuring Yung6ix as the lead single. So be on the lookout for that.
We are taking our ‘Seattle Music Is Real’ showcase on the road from city to city. Our next stop will be November 25, 2022 at the ‘Craft Brewer Of Boise’ in Boise, Idaho. Be on the look for more dates to come.