Jimmy Jams Jolliff | Musician | The importance of not being earnest: Alter egos of rap music

Jimmy Jams Jolliff | Musician | The importance of not being earnest: Alter egos of rap music | RISING MINDS | Free talks exploring the intersection of technology, business and culture.

Based between New York and LA, rapper and fight culture enthusiast Jimmy JAMS has written lyrics for various music acts and consulted on film scores. 

Jimmy discusses the Warholian nature of persona construction, the benefits of the mask, and how time and space can make for an earnest narrator.

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The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

Charlotte, North Carolina.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

To others. There are a few key people in my life, friends that I can count on.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

Living in New York it feels like a gift because it has becomes a legend, it seems not even possible. I do miss it.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

I love to be an early adopter and take risks, but not not often when huge systems of currency are involved. For now I’m fine with regular money.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

I don’t know if I understand the finer political distinction...

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

You’ve caught me at a very good time for Carpe Diem - I’m tired of knowing myself at this point - but know thyself would have been my answer for the whole of my life up until two weeks ago.

Last app opened? 


Last book read?

Tinkers, by Paul Harding

Favourite Album?

Aquemini, by OutKast

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Be nice to everyone - no one goes away.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

Don’t play fantasy football with your heart.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 


If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

That I've been good to people, and that I participated in a larger process with a lot of other people who felt cared for while I was around.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

Energy innovation.